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    #21

    Re: Help With U.S. Dialect/Slang Question

    You just proved my point. Whether it was you or someone else who cut the conversation short, it doesn't matter. People in LA like to be on the run all the time and it is hard to have a long conversation with a stranger. And I'm only talking about around downtown LA and not the greater LA area which includes other suburban cities. Now I know I'm making a generalization here but I'm also making a comparison to a coffee shop in rural MO where you will find guys who spend 5-6 hours there with nowhere else to go which I highly doubt is the norm in LA.

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    #22

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    LA is full of people with no visible means of support who spend hours hanging out in coffee shops.
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    #23

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    Elmore Leonard writes superb contemporary American dialect.

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    #24

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    If you go to Detroit or LA (I just assume this since you mentioned MI, CA) I doubt people will be in a chatty mood with a stranger. You might want to explore other smaller cities where people do have time to chat and not have to be on run all the time.
    I would love to go to MI and catch the train to CA as mentioned earlier. Surely there would be people (bored!) willing to chat if only to kill time?

    We are supposed to be going on a 10 day family to Florida in the next 6 months or so. I am pretty sure it is Tampa we are going to (as my brother-in-law has relatives there).
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    #25

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I disagree. You'll find people to chat with anywhere you go. For example, I recently had a very nice conversation in Los Angeles with a Dutch guy who lived in the neighborhood where I was waiting for an optician's office to open.
    The trouble is, the story I would like to write (one day!) is about U.S. criminals. And so perhaps these are the type of people I really need to be conversing with! While there may be plenty of shady folk about, I dare say it would be unwise to approach them or hang-out in their quarters of the city!
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    #26

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    You could ask for permission to go into prisons to talk to those folks. I don't know how it works but I'm sure there is information out there.

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    #27

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterjazzlicks View Post
    The trouble is, the story I would like to write (one day!) is about U.S. criminals. And so perhaps these are the type of people I really need to be conversing with! While there may be plenty of shady folk about, I dare say it would be unwise to approach them or hang-out in their quarters of the city!
    It's not wise to go into bad parts of American cities. One way to recognize them is by the prevalence of stores with big signs reading "CHECKS CASHED" or "PAYDAY LOANS".
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    #28

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Elmore Leonard writes superb contemporary American dialect.
    I think he wrote 'Jackie Brown' (i.e. the Quentin Tarantino film)?
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    #29

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    You could ask for permission to go into prisons to talk to those folks. I don't know how it works but I'm sure there is information out there.
    You can write (as a pen-pal) to inmates. There are a couple of services I am familiar with ('Jmail' being one of them). I have never stepped inside a correctional center though. But I have watched literally hundreds of U.S. prison documentaries on Sky TV.
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    #30

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's not wise to go into bad parts of American cities. One way to recognize them is by the prevalence of stores with big signs reading "CHECKS CASHED" or "PAYDAY LOANS".
    Ha ha, we have plenty of those over here. 'Cash Converters' and 'The Money Shop'. They always seem to be very busy!
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