What wrong wid allyuh?? stueps! allyuh trying to tell ppl how to live their lives? if ah man come from trini yesterday and he wants to lose his accent, then who's fackin business is that??
i personally does only kick the trini lingo with ppl in my comfort zone, but once i leave the parameters of my apartment and i'm not hanging out with trinis that i know and is comfortable with, then i'm ah fackin well spoken american, fack dat trini accent until i get back home.
a lot of yuhs don't realize that yuh does get judge by the way yuh speak, especially amongst white folks here in foreign, and if yuh speak like yuh don't know the language, then yuh get treated like ah dunce, and trust meh, when yuh speak with ah think colloquial accent, those ppl will get the impression that yuh don't know the english language too well.
IMO, sticking with that thick trini accent through thick and thin is backward thinking, especially if yuh livin in a foreign land for decades and interacting with the natives of the land.
another thing allyuh don't get iz that the language that we speak is ah slave language! and yes it iz a language, it's called patios / broken english, so it's almost like a dialect!
the fackin slaves were uneducated and uncouth, and they were not allowed to speak in the same manner as their masters. same with ah ghetto yankee accent, anytime yuh come off speaking like that, when yuh in the mix with ppl who run the route, yuh does come off as real dunce and a backward buffoon.
now if allyuh speak in ah manner like the half chinese girl who won project runway, then fine, bc she had a good handle on the english language, but if yuh want tuh come off like sprangalang, speakin that donkey slave language with that thick betham estate accent, then be my guest!
not fackin me doh, i'll be speaking like the president.