Eléonore Nicolas made a short film a short film about inner-city Dublin kids trying to teach the Dublin accent to foreigners, called My Fair Mot.
This short film has also been shortlisted for the Uniquely Dublin competition this year. www.uniquelydublin.ie
Eléonore Nicolas is French and moved to Dublin in 2000 to study in NCAD. Quickly she realised that the english spoken in Dublin was quite different than the version of the language she has learned or was used to. To try to blend in she often said she was from 'Doublin' when asked where she was from.
In 2007, she started working at a community center, organising events for the kids such as Halloween and Santa's grotto but she was unable to understand the kids. Repeating the words didn't improve her understanding so instead Nicolas "asked the children what 'Mum' (ma) and Dad (da) and what do they say when they are hungry, tired, annoyed, happy etc. "
Nicolas says "I learned words and expressions that I couldn't have imagined even existed and I had a great laugh each time."
As Nicolas is an artist who wishes to create positive change, she decided to organise classes where people could enroll to be taught Dublinese by kids from the community center she worked in.
This resulted in two minute video 'My Fair Mot' above which shows the funny and interesting interactions with the Dublin kids and foreigners trying to crasp a better understanding of how to speak Dublinese.
Find out more about Eléonore Nicolas at www.eleonorenicolas.com