I didn’t react so negatively about Chip Tsao’s article in HK Magazine before. I understood it differently in that I thought he was actually defending the Filipinos while hitting at the hypocrisy of his own countrymen.
I wonder how Pinoys would react at the statement below:
Filipinos learn American English and their accents are diabolically hard to understand. They are so heavy!
I don’t have a thick Filipino accent when I speak English. However, I do agree that some Filipinos speak English and pronounce words a little differently. They’re not the ones who work at call centers though. Is American accent difficult to understand?
I lived in Angeles City for more than a quarter of a century and I’ve met a number of Kiwis living in the city. In fact, one of my neighbors is from Wellington. He always call on me to fix his computer everytime they need fixing. And everytime I visit them, I always have a hard time understanding his accent. I’d ask him to repeat or rephrase several times. LOL
I also met an English teacher from New Zealand here in Korea. He bought our Graco carseat, Fisher Price chair and a playmat. I told him that he has a charming accent. He said thanks but he told me that he reverts to using American accent when he teaches.