First of all, I need to say that Kai (the host of this vlog) is a true creative spirit. It’s simply amazing and inspiring to witness her grab this idea, randomly record it with me, edit it, then upload it before I had even reached home. Check out her blog: http://www.theefedstudent.wordpress.com
It’s true, as I say in this vlog, I adapt my way of speaking to the person I’m speaking with. And I believe, at least subconsciously, all humans try to adapt to each other. It’s part of our very nature. After all, we’ve become really good at adaptation – with millions of years of experience – evolving and adapting to our ever changing environment to survive….
However, I do understand why adapting regular speech to “fit in” might bother some people. Especially those who have a strong cultural identity, and may perceive themselves as being weak for adapting to another cultural norm.
This is an intriguing debate, and one I’m sure that strong cases can be made from both sides. Is adapting ones’ speech or accent normal or signs of insecurity?
What do you think?