Americans love my dad’s Irish accent.

Owen O’Riordan
Chicago, IL

Mom lived between Ireland and US growing up. She spoke like the Irish in Ireland and then changed to Midwestern in America. My parents moved to Chicago in the 80s and surrounded themselves with other Irish people and my mom now sounds American but my dad sounds like he just stepped off the plane to most people. I still have to translate for him occasionally. Americans love to imitate an Irish accent. After 30 years here, my dad is more American than Irish, but he doesn’t sound like it.


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