People do strange things to be different. Some people have their tongue lengthened to speak a foreign language better. Other people were born with interesting accents. Lisa Alamia got her new accent in a very unusual way: via weird medical disorder. A Texas woman came out of jaw surgery with a British accent. She’s one of 100 or so people who have been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome.
Alamia came out of jaw surgery with the accent. When her husband Richard asked doctors about it, they said that it would disappear within a few days. Six months later, the accent seems to be a permanent part of Lisa’s life. However, she’s actively trying to get her native Texas accent back; apparently a Hispanic with a British accent is a little strange in a small Texas town.
“People who don’t know me, they’re, like, ‘Hey, where are you from?'” said Lisa Alamia. “I’m from Rosenberg. They’re, like, ‘Where is that?’ I’m, like, ‘Right here in Rosenberg.’ ‘Oh, you’re from here? How do you talk like that?’ So that’s where the whole story comes up.”
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