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Despite what some people in TV may think, the Northern Ireland accent is loved all over the world

Despite what some people in TV may think, the Northern Ireland accent is loved all over the world

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Despite what some people in TV may think, the Northern Ireland accent is loved all over the world

It’s a strange thing to speak with a different accent to your children. My daughter was born in London, my son in Amsterdam, and their father is French Moroccan.

I had always assumed my children would form their words and shape their sentences in the same way as I do. So far, that hasn’t been the case. My daughter delights at the narrow-vowelled way we Norn Irish have of saying ‘house’ or the exaggerated, double syllables of the ‘cows’ in the field. I love how we speak; it’s lyrical, and energetic somehow.


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