Nowt by Gob
|It's no longer ER? at A&E
A Group of Filipino nurses at the University Hospital of North Tees have been getting lessons in Tees-speak. When they arrived they were fully trained and had a good understanding of English-but struggled to get to grips with the local accent. Now, thanks to lessons from the Adult Education Service, they are enjoying a bit of banter with patients. Here's how Grove Hill born JULIE MARTIN thinks the story should be told:
"Whodder y'mean like y'can't understand us? There's nowt wrong with 'ow we talk. Youse lot just 'aven't been 'ere long enough, another few months and y'll be talking like the rest of us"
What it is, right, it's these marvellous Filipino nurse who've come to work at hospital in Stockton. They've been 'avin trouble gettin their eads round ow we talk. For months, they've 'ad no idea what we've been goin' on about. It might as well 'ave been Greek to them
Don't get me wrong, they're not sackless, they just ad a bit of trouble with the accent.That and a few werds they'd never erd before. They'd no idea what a gadgie with bad legs was, or ow a kid got acky from fallin the beck.
If someone ad said "Me stomachs killin me" God knows what they'd ave thought , probably had visions of that alien thing from the pictures comin outta someone's belly.
Anyway the people who work at Stockton Adult Education decided it was time they learnt the lingo The nurses didn't know what they'd let themselves in for, now- three months later- they're well away