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Cold Fire?

Many Years Ago

It's not quite "Once Upon A Time" but definitely in the era of "When Granny was a Girl" and I went to live in Northern Ireland (well over 40 years ago). I was a student and wore a mini skirt (!) and had a boyfriend (later my husband and still is) who lived with his parents, while I lived in student accommodation. I spent a lot of time at his parents' house, where their first grandchild lived with them, even though both her parents lived just down the street and she knew me well. At the time of this story, my niece was about 2 or 3 years old and talking and the house did not have central heating, just an open coal fire in the living room.

She Had a Cold and Sore Throat

In the evening, my niece was put to bed. She had a cold and about half an hour later, she woke and came downstairs crying, saying her ear hurt. I went to pick her up and said, "Come in by the coal fire, that will help". She looked at me and said, "But it's still hot isn't it?" I wondered what she meant for a moment, then realised that to her, it must have sounded as if I had said, "Come in by the cold fire...".

Learning To Talk

It's a complex job learning to speak and so many words sound the same or very similar. The tiny terror is learning to talk at the minute. I never noticed this with my own children or with her cousins but she often says a complete phrase with 3 or 4 words run together, which is odd when you can read and know that each word should be separate. But that must be how she is learning - complete phrases for situations she encounters frequently.

Just For Coral

This one is just for you CoralLevang .

I forgot I had another story about the tiny terror on here too, from St atrick's Day.

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Gossamer wrote on May 7, 2016, 10:12 PM

I have a colleague from NI and she talks funny too. :)>

MegL wrote on May 8, 2016, 1:25 AM

LOL. Probably talks very quickly too? People here in NI know that I am not "native", they say I still have Welsh accent but when I go back to Wales, they all say I have the NI accent!

Last Edited: May 8, 2016, 1:26 AM

Gossamer wrote on May 8, 2016, 9:12 AM

My mum was from Brum and she never lost her accent, but when she went back (from Oz) after several decades, the family said "You dun arf talk funny."