Peppa Pig Toys with American Kids’ Accents – Make Them British> Series & TV Shows> Movies
by King Pierce . Posted Tue, Aug 03, 2021 9:33 AM
Attention America … The British are coming! And this time, it’s Peppa Pig who is taking the United States by storm and giving young people English accents.
American children began to adopt phrases like “try”, “watch TV”. Some even swapped “mum” for “mum” after watching more Peppa Pig alone during their 40s.
Parents call it the “Peppa Effect” after it allegedly affected children’s speech after spending the year alone watching the British cartoon, which launched on Channel 5 in 2004.
Amused parents told the Wall Street Journal that their children said “Santa Claus” instead of “Santa Claus” and used expressions borrowed from the British like “try. “
Peppa Pig has become the second most watched cartoon in the United States after Spongebob Squarepants, according to audience figures from consulting firm Parrot Analytics.
Matias Cavallin of California told the newspaper her five-year-old daughter Dani had started saying things like, “Mom, are you going to the optician?
Lauren Ouellette said her six-year-old daughter called a bathroom a “wc” – an old-fashioned expression that can baffle any modern Briton as much as the Rhode Island mother.
“I was like ‘where did she learn this from? Was she on the Titanic in a previous life? Added Ms. Ouellette.
Entertainment One, the production company behind the hit animated show, said, “Young Peppa fans see her as a friend… and, as we do with friends we admire, take over. some of their characteristics. “
This isn’t the first time Americans have claimed their children are repeating British sayings of the young favorite talking pig.
Even before the pandemic, parents had claimed their children were getting slight English accents from the hit show.
However, a speech and expert linguists said the kids are just rehearsing the characters in the show, rather than developing appropriate British accents that will last.
Dr. Lisa Davidson, Professor and President of Linguistics at New York University: “Children this age are certainly aware of these types of differences and can imitate them as well. “
And as all parents well know, children are very good at noticing any behavior that catches their attention.