- Korean Billy is a YouTuber who makes videos explaining British slang and dialects.
- The YouTuber tells us the inspiration behind one of this most successful videos, the London ‘roadman’ dialect.
- He says listening to Grime and Hip-Hop music helped him make the video.
Read the full transcript below:
So basically the “roadman” dialect, well what I call roadman dialect is London, multicultural dialect, I would say. Mainly people in London, they use a certain type of vocabulary, a certain type of words and accent, like “mandem” and “safe.” Stuff like that.
I kind of think that this kind of language is considered as like “hip” language these days. I can see that more and more British teenagers start to use that roadman language to look quite cool and hip, which I find quite interesting and funny. To make the roadman video, I did lots of research actually. Some of my subscribers taught me some roadman words. I think I also heard some Grime music, or like Hip-Hop music, because in the lyrics there is some roadman language, so I also checked that out. I made the roadman video and that was because I got lots of comments and feedback and requests from British teenagers actually. So I just wanted to communicate with British teenagers and teenage audience. They asked me to cover something about London teenage or London multicultural so-called ‘roadman’ dialect. For me, it’s like, practising acting a different character actually. When I get into a dialect video I change my characteristics into a local characteristic. So it’s like kind of practising acting, and I also have to practice and slightly master the accents. I didn’t really expect that that video would go viral and get really successful, but that went quite well. And that was really exciting for me.
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