It's great having a British accent in New York. It can be an excellent conversation starter and generally gets me lots of compliments of the ‘I love your accent’ variety. However it can be exasperating when people have difficulty understanding me and look at me like I'm speaking martian, it's the same language for chrissakes!! This happens to me all the time when I order a sandwich at the deli… From now on I’m only going to order ham and cheese.
Me: Could I have tuna and tomato on whole-wheat please
Deli Guy: What was that on whole-wheat?
Me: Tuna and tomato.
Deli Guy: What?
Me: Tuna, tuna...(continue to receive blank looks from deli guy). Oh for god’s sake....
Me (Adopting appalling imitation of American accent): Too-na!! Too-na and tom-ay-to on whole-wheat please.
Deli Guy: Ohhh tooooo-na!! Sure. You wanna pickle?
From now on I’m only going to order ham and cheese.