Hi everyone! We are about ready to start our live chat about Foreign Accent Syndrome.
Hello Ronda! Did you get to see it?
I'm running two computers to see it. So I haven't seen it on TV yet!! Is what was on TV different different than the three pieces you have up on KWCh?
Yes. Those are just clips of the interview. My edited story that just ran is the first clip (you will hear my reporter track).
People are starting to Tweet their approvals!!
@ Jason--I remember Ronda saying her kids seemed okay with it.
My girls say they were very astonished but quickly got used to it.
@AJG--Did she have surgery? What kind of accent did she have?
Ronda-- can you describe to the "watchers" what it's like a dinner parties?
Dinner parties are interesting because I get asked many questions from lots of people and I try to answer everyone's questions and I end up not eating any food!
@AJG--you are more than welcome to email me the information, firstname.lastname@example.org
People in Bath did not think I sounded like them -- at first. But then they did just accept me as "English".
There was so much stuff I wanted to include in Ronda's story. Including how she had to explain herself when she applied for a job. Ronda, can you address how your resume doesn't match your accent?
The people in Bath all kinda came from all over England and no one seemed to have been a native "Bath" person. But they all just soon accepted that I was English and they fed me dry English toast and expected me to know all the rules and regulations about England. LOL!!
I did have a difficult time finding a job after I was laid off because my voice and my resume don't match. I had a difficult time not explaining or keeping my health record out of my job record and employers didn't want to take me on with the possibility of my having had a stroke when there were others who didn't have health issues.
Yes! Casey. Other Foreign Accent Syndrome people have found each other other. Initially we found each other on Facebook but we formed a real association so doctors could apply for grants to study this neurological problem for others down the road too.
Hey folks... we have about 30 minutes left in this conversation... feel free to ask questions!
Ronda, can talk about how your students react to you?
And Casey, I'm very lucky in that I hold a job and function at a very high level each day. Many of my fellow FAS sufferers aren't nearly so lucky as I am. They have far more disabilities than I do and aren't able to hold jobs.
My American students react to me more openly, more approachable than before my voice changed. Some say I seem much more approachable. My foreign students think I'm more approachable because I sound like they do, with an accent!!
One of the moments I liked listening to during our interview, was the part when Ronda first woke-up from surgery. When she was asked to talk, she told the nurses someone was inside of her. I couldn't imagine what I would say!
Even if I had that moment to do over in my life, I don't think I could come up with a great line for it.
Ronda is an amazing woman-- such a great spirit! I believe she would say this changed her life for the better.
My mom told her sisters (my aunts) that my voice had changed to an English accent. But then when I met them in person, they about passed out! They just couldn't believe it. They started having their friends call me on the phone to hear me speak.
This has certainly been an amazing journey. One I never heard of before and never thought possible. But I think it was given to me for a purpose. I just have to figure out why.
Well, I asked when I first received this accent, why English? Although many people interpret it as Australian or New Zealand or South African or Irish or Scotish or even Norwegian. But I would have to say that I think a French accent and the French language is very beautiful. But any language that you can make yourself understood in is now beautiful to me.
@TJ--I would say an Australian accent! At least I would have a good excuse to take a trip there!
Hey folks--We are going to start to wrap-up this conversation. If you have any more questions, get them in now. Ronda, thank you so much for taking part and doing the story with me. It has been a pleasure!
Thanks again everyone! Ronda, thanks for your help! Goodnight!
Thank you Melissa for making this such a pleasurable experience. I'm very happy knowing that more people know about Foreign Accent Syndrome and should it happen to anyone, they will know what to do. Thank you again!!