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In a bar last night, I asked a German friend of one of our program assistants how my accent is. This I asked largely in jest, because it is, admittedly, quite terrible.
I like you much better when you speak in English, he said. When you speak German, you sound more masculine.
His female friend interjected to say that she disagreed, that that’s not true, that I shouldn’t listen to him (I, of course, had already started speaking in a false high voice). But of course, I did and will listen, and will now think that I sound masculine every time I go to speak German.
This is what I get for asking about my accent in a bar.