One of the more amusing perks of being deaf is sometimes being confused for a foreigner. All deaf people speak with a an accent; a slight (or pronounced, depending on degree of deafness and oral training) lilt in how vowels are pronounced and how constanants are stressed, and the occasional mispronunciation of uncommon words.
I get the “where are you from?” question quite frequently. I always answer with the explanation that I’m deaf and I’m an American, and what they’re hearing is just a deaf way of talking. Sometimes the question is a little more specific: “Are you (insert random european nationality here)”.
The most common mistaken identity I get confused for is British. I guess theres something about the way I speak that strikes people as being british. either that, or they just guess that based on how I look. I AM mostly british in descent, after all.
I’ve also gotten the following: greek, french, spanish, swedish, german, and once, to my surprise, TURK.
This weekend, while buying sushi for lunch, the guy at the register asked me if I was british. I gave my standard answer, but in my mind I really wanted to say, “Indeed I am, my dear chap. I do miss me mum across the pond quite dearly! Cherrio, pip pip, and good day!”
I think one of these days, I actually will say it. The question is starting to get boring.