How to Avoid Looking like a Complete Tourist in Boston
In 2008 my family and I moved to the lovely little town of Ipswich Massachusetts. Ipswich is located within about 20 miles of Boston. So about once a month my family and I would take the “T” into Boston and visit Quincy Market, The Boston Science Museum, and the Freedom Trail. Of course when we originally started going to all of these places we were complete tourists. The fact that we were not from Boston was terribly obvious. But, after living outside of Boston for about a year we developed some skills to forever avoid looking like a tourist.
Danverse= Dan-vass (try not to pronounce the “r” so much.)
One time my Mom, a very intelligent English teacher, was looking for a particular store located in Haverhill. On her way, she got lost, so she pulled over to a Mobil gas station to ask for directions to Haverhill. Being new in town she pronounced the name “Haver-hill”. The cashier had no idea what she was talking about until finally he said in a thick Boston accent “Ohhhh you mean Hayv-ril ? You must be from outta town.” In retelling the story she was appalled at the way people would treat her as if she was stupid for pronouncing a word in correct English.
For example “Park the car in Harvard yard” is to be said “Paak the Caa in Haavaad yahhd”.
My family and I have spent countless hours (hoars) making fun of the Boston accent to finally get it down to where we could understand a person with a very thick one.
After living outside of Boston and traveling their quite often, my family and I learned the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of fitting in. We had a lot of fun over the years making fun, and acting like we were from the city. So, if you follow those steps, you should fit right in.