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Swiss Alps
Murren, Switzerland
May 24, 2000

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We are usually assumed to be English around here. We had thought that had to do with our volume level: some Brits years ago told us that we don't speak as loudly as Americans (and Germans) tend to. But a woman on the train from Murren told us today that she assumed we were English because we don't have an American accent. What is an American accent? She said the soldiers who stayed in Switzerland after World War II had a stronger accent. So I tried my best Brooklyn accent. "That's it!"