Wednesday, 11 November 2015

'Ear.' Like what you hear out of...


Firstly, sorry for 'deserting' this blog. I realise it's been a long while since I've posted anything - which I suppose isn't very surprising considering the amount of times I've actually not posted anything in months...
But, this time, I'm not going to make any false-promises, and say that I'll be posting regularly or anything like that. Because, let's be fair, you all know that I probably won't...

There's been a fair bit of change in my life since I last posted - moving to a new city (in what is pretty much a new country), starting university, making new friends, trying to successfully adult...

So, I thought I'd give you a bit of an update as to what's been going on in my life...

The last (almost) 7 weeks of university have been a rollercoaster of emotions - beginning on a high, with a few lows, but currently careening higher and higher and higher because - not gonna lie - I'm having the best time!

Ok, so I have quite a lot of work set. And I've already had to sit an exam worth 25% of one of my modules. And I'm missing my family and friends back home.

But uni life has served me well so far.
My course is great (though full-on!), my flatmates are lovely, the city is beautiful...
As clichéd as it sounds, I've already begun to learn so much about myself, and about life.

And about my accent...

Allow me to explain...

At home home (i.e. Wales), my friends refer to me as the 'posh one', because apparently I have a 'refined' accent, and I'm very eloquent, and say 'baaath' rather than 'bahth'...

At uni home however...

The other day, I tried to say the word 'ear' to the nurse who was giving me a vaccination. Safe to say, she had absolutely no idea what in the world I was going on about.
You see, since arriving at university (and particularly over the last few weeks) I've realised that I pronounce 'ear' and 'year' in exactly the same way. Which is very confusing to anyone who doesn't pronounce 'ear' and 'year' in exactly the same way...

I then tried to explain this incident to one of my flatmates, who also got very confused by my pronunciation!

My accent's also begun to weirdly fluctuate. I've heard people say that if you live with someone for long enough then you'll begin to pick up parts of their accent - but I never believed them. Until about 3 weeks ago...

My parents and brother came to visit the weekend before last, and the first thing my brother commented on as soon as he saw me was that my accent was - and I quote - "very weird"!

Also, one thing that I'm finding hard to get my head around is the fact that I need to decide where I want to live next year.

Like, right now.

I've only been at uni for 7 weeks, and already people are talking about moving into houses together, and flat-shares, and private accommodation....

And I don't really know what in the world I'm going to do...

I've been really lucky this year in that my university guaranteed on-campus accommodation for all 1st year students, but it pretty much means that I have absolutely no experience in having to compare student housing, and find housemates, and pay rent to a landlord every month...

I've been looking into private flat accommodation that's about a 10 minute walk from campus (something that a few of my other flatmates/friends have been considering), and - at the minute - this seems to be the best option for me. Particularly seeing as my course is partly placement-based, which means if I have to travel far, I might not be around to pay rent on a monthly basis - which could be problematic if I'm in a house-share [the private accommodation lets me pay for the whole year in one payment, or allows me to pay for more than one month at a time - which is great for me - as long as I can afford it]

The only thing is, I'll more than likely be living with people that I've never met/spoken to before. So, basically, it'd be like doing freshers week all over again [just without the excessive alcohol and marker pen-ing people's faces], and although I'm really up for meeting new people, there's a tiny little part of me that's quite anxious about it!!

Afterthought: This is written on a poster pinned to a noticeboard outside my uni's laundry room, and obviously I had to take a picture.
Truly insightful words...


  1. I'm happy to hear you're enjoying university! :)

    Reading about your accent issue made me laugh because I have exactly the same problem! I didn't realise that people from my county pronounce A and E the same, or that we often don't pronounce the end letter of a word.. It's noticeable because I'm doing Foreign Languages and a lot of my teachers are foreign and can't understand me :P

    I hope you find somewhere to live next year! I'm living in a private flatshare, it's 15 minutes walk from the campus which isn't bad, unless it's raining..

    I think I'll go and stick inspiring quotes on some doors now.. In all the bathrooms in our uni they have sheets stuck on the doors where people write their thoughts/problems, it's always really interesting to say the least :)

  2. Thank you for your comment - and sorry for taking so long to reply. I really need to try and get back in the swing of blogging!

    The accent issue's terrible - I'm glad you understand my pain!!!!

    I think private flatshare's definitely the way forward for me, as I'm much more of a quiet night in/few drinks in the pub kind of person than a clubbing person, and I think I'll find more like-minded people in the flatshare than in student housing further away. I think a few of my friends are considering it too!

    The bathroom sheets idea is great in theory - in practise however...??! The one I posted is the only 'inspirational quote' I've seen throughout the campus - but I'm keeping my eye out for more :)

  3. Ah! I loved this! I'm glad you're settling in okay, pal, because it sounds very difficult(and is something I will have to do next year - ugh)!

    I'm glad you spoke about accents - I understand your pain! I'm Scottish and live in the highlands, and my dad and his family are Irish - meaning I am a celtic mess when it comes to "making words happen". I have a lisp (not sure if its a legit lisp or just due to my accent) and I also have a bit of a stutter, not as bad as it used to be though, so when I try say something half the time people (particularly English people) have no idea what I'm talking about and it's a constant loop of having to repeat myself uGH!

    So, this post made me laugh because yAS I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH A COMPLEX ACCENT! You've also given me an idea for a post that I may write over the next wee while, if you dont mind? I'll give credit to you, of course :3

    Good luck with student life!
    - Ali

  4. Hi Ali! I'm genuinely sorry for taking so long to reply - I haven't checked my blog in so so long... MUST. GET. BACK. TO. BLOGGING.

    Yaay! Someone else who understands my pain! Seriously, you, me and F could start up our own "I'm Celtic and no-one understands me" helpline or something. I'm so glad that this is actually a thing, and that I'm not just incredibly awkward (well, I am incredibly awkward anyway, but that's not the point :p)...

    I suppose you're in even more of a pickle than me, being from the Highlands and all. I never even thought that my accent was THAT strong before I came to university. Since writing this post, 3 of my flatmates have even started to argue over whether or not I ACTUALLY HAVE A STRONG WELSH ACCENT. *I have to state that we've been living together for over 4 months, and only now have they decided to start this debate* So far, it's 2-1 on the 'ah yes, you're terrifyingly Welsh mate' front...

    Also, go for it on the post - I can't wait to read it! :D

    1. ACH! Dinnae fash yersel, hen! (Or, in 'English' - Its cool dw! - ayyy celtic themes)

      It's funny because I'm very scottish as it is but my *Irish Twang* comes out and even some fellow scots are like "What? Are you okay!? ARE YOU HAVING A STROKE!?"
      This is a common occurrence, specifically when it cmes to "OU" sounds, which tend to come out as "IR". The word "sound" is one in which I am not pleasantly acquainted with verbally!

      I shall try write the post as soon as I can, Bruh! I'll let you know when I do :3 I've done one recently about English Tea, so it might fit in well to follow up with more *I AM A CELT AND I AM STRESSED* rambles ;)