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Date:   Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:08:43 -0400
Reply-To:   "Fehd, Ronald J. (CDC/CCHIS/NCPHI)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
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From:   "Fehd, Ronald J. (CDC/CCHIS/NCPHI)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
Subject:   Re: OT: Friday Humor
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> From: Kevin Roland Viel > Did you learn English, Ron? :)

<groan> As a matter of fact, yes, I did!

I had lived in Hotlanta for 8 years and was a blue-collar worker before I went to China. Even with my vast pre-Atlanta travels, I had a noticable Atlanta/Southern accent.

Well, my students let me know -- ma shang! -- quickly! that they wanted to hear 'Standard English'; none of my regional accent. So, e.g., I lengthened 'frigerator' to 'refrigerator', dropped the -all from you-all, etc.

Today, I attribute my control of the cadence of my speaking voice to those years of e-nun-cia-ting clear-ly.

Ron Fehd the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain or macro maven CDC Atlanta GA USA RJF2 at cdc dot gov

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