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Old 01-04-2014, 01:07 PM
 
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Continuing my neighborhoods questions: I'm thinking about adding parts of South Boston to my house search list, do you think a young woman with a strong standard English British accent would feel welcome there? I'm actually mostly Irish but my grandparents immigrated to England in the 60s for work, so my parents were brought up in the UK.

I've encountered a fair amount of low level anti British sentiment in Boston, mostly from young men, and I feel like if this was a constant thing in the neighborhood I lived in then I would be unhappy there.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:59 PM
 
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Hmm I'm a young man and always think Brits are very personable and witty. Guess I'd be surprised if any of my peers are really that negative towards your people. But anyway, I'd think Southie would be a good place for you if you found a nice place there.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:05 PM
 
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I don't think you'll have any problem. If anything, your accent will be a plus, and if anyone makes a remark about it, you can always come back with something to do with the fact that the native Boston accent is closest to an English accent in the U.S., maybe making a witty comment about the way we pronounce our "R's"

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Old 01-04-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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Hmm I'm a young man and always think Brits are very personable and witty. Guess I'd be surprised if any of my peers are really that negative towards your people. But anyway, I'd think Southie would be a good place for you if you found a nice place there.
Thanks for the comments both of you!

The vast majority of British comments directed my way are humorous and I'm not offended at all (though it does get a little boring!). Mostly the actual negative stuff comes from the kind of guys that stop you on the street to chat you up, then realize that you're English. It doesn't especially bother me but I think if it was happening everyday then it would (not that I'd get chatted up every day! But more that people might comment negatively in bars or shops etc).

I think Southie looks like a nice place to live and I grew up in a somewhat similar community in the UK, so I think I'd probably enjoy it.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:01 AM
 
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I don't think that would be an issue either. I have a French accent and people are more curious than anything. People are quite nice in Southie, particularly the old timers.
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