Most people I know say the accent is the hardest thing to get past, at least at first. It's a stronger accent than the "received" BBC posh English accent, that's for sure in that it's more down to earth and every-day, if you see what I mean. It does take a bit of time to pick up the ear for it but if you watch for a few weeks, you will become attuned. I have to say, though, after watching for over 25 years, there are still times when I don't catch what was said, usually just a word or a phrase that was spoken too quickly.
Because the show has been on the air going on 56 years, you won't be able to catch up before starting to watch. Like any show, you will pick up the threads of the storylines and figure out the families before too long. There are also great books out there if you do want to read up on Corrie history, most of which are written by Daran Little, with two or three gems by our very own Glenda Young (Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street and Norman Bates with a Briefcase: The Story of Richard Hillman just to name two) . Check out your library! Then pour yourself a cup of tea and get some dunkable biscuits and jump in!
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