1st May 2013
By Madeline Urbasik
My name is Madeline and Im completing 3 months work experience at Cobb PR. I am originally from Germany. Its been a month since I arrived in Eastbourne, so I thought I would blog about my first weeks with Cobb PR.
Eastbourne is lovely. Thats the first thing Ive recognised. Everyone says lovely, some more than others, but I dont go a day without hearing that word at least 10 times.
I love different languages, and I speak German, English and French, Id love to speak Spanish and Italian. Due to my interest in languages, its really interesting listening to different accents and its come to my attention that the people in Eastbourne have a special way of pronouncing certain words and consonants.
The Us seem to be stretched and connected to a W. That means that stupid becomes more like stewpid, or instead of tune, theyd rather say tewn. Thats similar with the suffixing. Americans would swallow it, but British people accentuate that ending. It seems that they pronounce the heavy consonants very clearly, therefore its really easy to understand British English.
In my opinion, the British accent is beautiful, it sounds really melodic to me.
Because were all creatures of habit, I thought I can get into the way of expressing myself a little bit more British. So every time I hear something typical British, I repeat it until I feel more British enunciating myself. Janet in the office is like a teacher to me helping me patiently improve my articulation.
Apart from the accent and the use of words, it never gets boring here in the office.
Everybody is friendly and polite and I dont have to be afraid to ask anyone anything.
The atmosphere is great! Its the perfect mixture of work and with some small talk in between.
But I think those small talks are obvious in the communication area. The PR industry is really interesting and Im excited about what lies ahead!