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As an Asian girl, coming to United Kingdom for the first time, it had been an experience of mixed emotions for me. Working at a prestigious bank had been highly gratifying and the company of two white British, two Asian girls and another black girl, all almost of the same age, had not been discouraging either.
I had a partial English education, and could converse in English without difficulty. Although she had a thick African accent and a way of speaking, which is, at best called "cart before the horse," the unabashed African made herself clearly understood. Other two Asians, coming from different parts of Asia, found it an uphill task to hold an ordinary conversation. But I could see that they were learning fast. People took some time to understand our accented and rather hurried way of speaking and this was, at times, a huge embarrassment. In frustration sometimes, we blamed it on the racism prevalent in UK, although we knew that we were being unfair. African had an aggressive 'back home' accent and was unexpectedly comfortable with it. We had initial problems to understand the original British English, and had always been nervous if someone spoke to us directly. Slowly we started understanding the British way of speaking and that problem was partially left behind. It is fantastic that we know a common language, even though at varying degrees of fluency. ...
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