#1
Norwegian comedian making a joke song about Norwegians failing to ask what time it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBx_H4vMUcQ

Any Englishmen with opinions on this? Is it something you experience in the tourist seasons?

Also, he's supposed to have a very good London accent? Does he really have a good accent or not?
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#2
It's the same with Swedish, but I don't think anyone would pose the question like that in English. To actually get "What time is it" wrong just can't happen.
#4
Just wondering if anyone English-speakers had heard the phrase before.
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#5
That is a weird accent.

EDIT: And yeah, I've heard non-english people ask it plenty of times, makes sense coming from languages where the word for clock is the same as the word for hour, like Russian (and presumably Norwegian).
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#6
I don't really see the need in making a song out of that one mildly amusing language failure...

But as for his accent, it definitely sounds like a foreigner trying to do a Cockey accent.
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#7
His accent is weird! You can hear the Norwegian in it.

But, nice!
Also, I know a Norwegian who said that saying "Nine thirty" means, in Norway, 8:30.
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ITT: Only Norwegians understand the reference.


Yeah

Basically when asking what time it is, in our languages we use what's verbally translated into "What is the clock?" referring to what the clock says instead of what the actual time is.
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#9
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His accent is weird! You can hear the Norwegian in it.

But, nice!
Also, I know a Norwegian who said that saying "Nine thirty" means, in Norway, 8:30.

That's the same in German. I think basically they say "half to" instead of "half past"
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#10
hehe, In german its "how many clock is it"
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I know a Norwegian who said that saying "Nine thirty" means, in Norway, 8:30.


It doesn't.
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I didn't think there was such a thing as a good London accent?

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#14
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It doesn't.


Oh.

I may have forgotten what he said, but it was something similar.
Unless it was a regional thing?
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#15
Maybe he meant that saying something like "half nine" in Norwegian means 8:30, while in English the only thing similar would be "half past nine", which is 9:30.
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His accent is weird! You can hear the Norwegian in it.

But, nice!
Also, I know a Norwegian who said that saying "Nine thirty" means, in Norway, 8:30.


No it doesn't. 8:30 is 'half nine', directly translated, not nine-thirty.