Living in Maine, which I love, has but one disadvantage: everyone around you is of the same culture, and nearly the same American televised voice.  It is fun to be in this UK KMI class, which has drawn students from all over.  Everyone speaks English, but oddly this class has a pair of native speakers in several languages, so the murmur when folks are practicing is polyglossal.  There are two Poles trading sibilants, two Italians casting colorful vowels to the air, two Spanish speakers rolling easily over the syllables, two Israelis scraping the air through an ancient passage, two Danes lilting through diphthongs, two Scots turning plain old English into a heathery arpeggio, and finally two Irishmen threading the needle between poetry and complaint.  What a feast for the ears!


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