Does Vernacular Matter?
My question to readers and writers out there is this:
If a character is Russian, French, Scottish… well you get the idea. Does that character need to speak with an accent, therefore the writer needs to write the dialog in that accent?
Or would you get the idea of what the author means by changing just a few key words: like this.
“Aye there lad, you have learned all you can from me.” Is Aye and Lad sufficient to plant the rest of the accent in your mind?
“Wee, I agree with you, say ‘ello to your mot'er when you see her.”
“Please Comrade, don’t kill me… I h‘ave your money you vant in car.”
Or should I just say: he said in a Scottish, Russian, French accent. And leave out any attempt to show dialect.
Thx for any advice you might leave… or any sample you might share.