Being British in America

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“Can you just read a book?”    

That’s what I was asked a couple of weeks ago during a business phone call.  “Ideally Lord of the Rings, because I just want to keep hearing you talk.”    

My British accent, which I consider to be fairly diluted now by my many years of living in the United States, still gets compliments almost daily.    Sometimes, I forget I have this “accent”, because we Brits think it is the Americans that have an accent and not us.  But it’s still very sweet when I’m complimented on my voice and I’m always happy to chat some more.  

I was born and educated in London, England and moved to California at the age of 23.  Since then I have become a United States Citizen and in all the years I have lived here, I have only visited England twice.   In fact, I have now resided here in the U.S. for longer than I lived in my native England.   I feel very American and I would never want to live anywhere else.  I love the U.S and I’m proud of my U.S. Citizenship and my home here.  But I still have that London accent!  
I am asked “where are you from” or “which part of England?”  Sometimes I’m asked if I’m Australian.   I’ve even been told I sound like Olivia Newton John.  Typically, the automatic phone menus don’t understand my accent at all, and in restaurants if I request a glass of water in my usual voice, I often must repeat it in my best American accent to be understood.  

Over the years, after being asked to record outgoing voice mail messages and company telephony menus, I created Brit Voice and have been fortunate to be involved in some wonderful projects including narrator for the Emmy winning documentary series In True Fashion.

 

So, let’s chat!   As a home loan officer for the past 20 years I have met and talked to so many amazing people here in the U.S. and I’d love to hear from you too, so we can talk about your home financing goals…. And maybe compare accents! 

Stella G. Croxon  (NMLS #238972)  Senior Loan Officer/Branch Manager

 

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