I used to speak English. Now, after years of teaching American phonics and junior high grammar patterns I never used to use [e.g.I am not only a student, I am also a brother.], my accent has become really weird, and I speak some kind of mutant ex-pat English creole. Other Brits I know seem to be immune to this - they sound just as English as they did when they got here. How do they manage that?
When I talk to people back in England they look at me like i’m taking the piss or I’m some weirdo. Maybe it’s just ME, not the words that i’m saying!
I think years of speaking to non-native speakers has kind of dumbed down the range of words and expressions that I use too. Without consciously thinking about it I speak in simple sentences to accomodate to the English level of whoever I’m speaking to. Great for in class, but I can’t switch off when I’m talking to the big noses.
I also do a lot of editing, so when I write, a kind of pendantic correctness creeps in. I just can’t seem to write freely and naturally anymore.
I spent two months in england over the summer. Thought I might be cured by the end of it. No such luck.
Has your spoken or written English changed at all since you’ve been here? I’m not just talking about the British-American English thing. I can’t believe I’m the only one. We should have a support group or something!