Tanyaluvs2fly From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 351 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1579 times:
Alright, I know i'm not good at coming up with good topics (haha i'm sorry ok) but I was thinking... there are all types of different people located from different places in the world and was wondering if...
Do you have an accent?
Any accents you really like?
Any a turn on to you ? lol
I am what you call a Maine-ah.... (that is spelled a zillion different ways) and we are always picked on for different ways we pronounce things... Cah=car
and so on... I dont have Maine accent like 90% of my small coastal town but I admit you can tell i have one when i get chatting with someone.. but also I'm a sucker and always have been for the british accent.
My mom tho is german and moved to the states when she was 16, (many years ago) and still has at times you can hear it some german in her.. she speaks german every wkend to her family and its amazing to hear that also...
LHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1537 times:
There's definitely a Rochester accent. I'ts a lot of nasal inflection on the short vowels and really open long vowels. It sounds terrible, and I'm sure at least a little of it has crept into my speech (although a lot of people think I sound Canadian)
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Lan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1535 times:
I'm chilean, and there is basically no major difference in accentes throughout Chile, but we do speak very differently from our neighbour countries, as happens throughout Latin America.
We, chileans, usually don't pronounce the final or middle "S" in the words...
For example, if I must say "gracias" I'll say something like "graciah" or in a word like "asbesto" I'll say "ahbehto".
Also we change the conjugation of verbs, as our friends in Argnetina and Uruguay do.
In the case of, "tú puedes" (you can), we chileans will say "tú podíh" and argentineans and uruguayans will say "vos podés". The rest of latin americans will pronounce it correctly.
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4291 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1525 times:
Everybody up north (for that matter east and west too) tells me I have a Texas accent. I do tend to start to drawl when I get excited and talking fast, but normally about the only way to tell that I know of is the use of ain't, y'all, all y'all, y'all all, ain'tyagunna, and a couple others like that. And grandpa. Cannot say grandpa without having a really heavy twang.
Women with Southern, Texan, or English accents are great!
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NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1486 times:
Nothing really, at least in normal speech. However, when I'm speaking quickly, I've tended to pick up a little bit of the Boston inflection, and I've become proficient in the use of the term "all set." Also, I will, at times, lapse back into my slight western drawl--especially after I've been back home for any length of time. Funny thing: I was so confused when I got to Boston, because we say "all set" out west, but it means something different than it does here in New England. People would ask me "All set?" and I'd be thinking "no, I'm ready to pay now." Just funny, that's all.
AlekToronto From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1481 times:
Actually I thought that everyone has an accent..People from Central/Western Canada and Eastern-Middle America think they don't have one but they do..just they hear it all the time..and it is the accent preferred by Television, movies, etc...
Actually that accent is the most desirable in the English World as that is what all performers, newscasters, reporters adopt even if they are from somewhere else.
All accents are interesting and what you find fun, interesting, sexy depends on who you are, where you are from, etc...
I personally love the American Southern Accent..great people, real friendly and non pretentious..kinda a bit like the Newfoundland/Labrador accent as well!
just to answer Tanyas question..
today i have a "mid- Canadian" accent - used to have South African when I first moved to Canada.
father has czech accent and mother has spanish accent (love that one!).
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8860 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1459 times:
I've got a slight regional accent - but it's only a "slight accent" because many people in my region basically speak what was once declared "true" German. However, the accent of a working class person from southern Lower Saxony is typical...
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Vio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1450 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1450 times:
I agree with Aa61hvy...
Swedish blonde girls with accents are amazing.
As for me, I have an accent. I was born in Romania and lived there until I was 11. (Now I'm almost 23). I have an accent. Everyone here in Calgary think I'm french. Considering my last name is "Ludusan" but in romania the "s" has a comma underneath, which is the sound of "shhh".. so my last name sounds like "Ludushawn" .
I get a lot of "You're from Quebec, no"
"Oh no no monsieur. je ne suis pas du Québec. Je suis de Roumanie!"
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UALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1441 times:
I was born in Maryland and until moving at a young age to Illinis had a southern accent. I lost it in the midwest. I still slip back into it if I am around southerners or I am very tired or drunk.
I love the southern accent especially the Virginia accent which is dissappearing as Northern Va gets consumed by DC.
I also love the British accent. The woman on the BA phone system has the sexiest voice. There is a woman working for CO in PHL with the same accent when she makes PA announcements I get shivers up my spine.
I also love the Irish accent of my heritage. It seems natural to me however, not exotic like the British accent.
FlySAA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1417 times:
Out of curiosity, and I think an interesting question: can anyone tell me where the American accent comes from? I mean, most Americans originated from England and the first settlers obviously all had British accents. How did the change in accent come about?
Pendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
I have a Southern accent. Not super thick, but all the New Yawkers here certainly notice and have a fun time pointing it out. I personally love the Southern accent for just the reasons that someone said above-its not pretentious and kind of a soft drawn out thing. Now, what most people don't realize is the variety of Southern accents. If any of y'all southerners know what Im talking about I have a Georgia/Texas accent.
What does this mean? Well, as is common in Georgia I clip my I's so "I" and "eye" are two different words. Also, North Georgians tend to talk more rapidly than people from other areas of the South.
And for the Texas part, the aw sound. Law sounds almost like lall, and hock and hawk sound totally different. God I love accents!
Prettiest Ones: Theres a girl in my class that grew up in both Ireland and North Carolina. Oh my god, what a perfect accent, its like Southern with a lilt. I love the South African accent as well.
Worst: No offense to anyone, New Jersey and Boston accents are not the prettiest in the world. It reminds me of the sketch on SNL where Britney Spears was playing a southern reenactor and the Boston students say to her "Youh ackkcent makes ya sound reeetahhhhded!"
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8456 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1404 times:
I'm from Cleveland but my family is from Pittsburgh. As a result, I have a hybrid Pittsburgh/Midwestern accent. For example, I go "Ahtside" when it's nice and when my car is dirty it "Needs Washed." "To be" is not in my vernacular. Nor is "worshed" for that matter. 30 minutes is "halfenahr" however the little sweet things on ice cream are "sprinkles."
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4834 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
I think the easiest to understand and most pleasant accents in English are South African and Eastern Canadian. The most difficult to understanding and least pleasing to the ear tend to come from the British Isles.
I moved to New Zealand from Ontario when I was 6 years old and was constantly teased as being "American" (that really bugged me). But when I came back, the girls giggled at my foreign accent. I lost it only a few months after returning.
Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1380 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
Grew up in Queens and have an definite though not thick New York accent, and I'm proud if it. It will be a sad day when regional accents die and everyone starts talking like newscasters. The cawfee in the mawning falls mainly on the awning.
Actually the British probably sounded more like the Americans back then. Like American Spanish, the language's sounds (and in parts grammar - Shakespeare used gotten) are somewhat more archaic on this side of the Atlantic. The British pronounced their "R"s in words like car and cart until I think the around the time of the American revolution. America, having already broken away, kept the R (Except for New York and Boston, of course)
I was told the New York use of t instead of th (pronouncing three like tree) was because the original Dutch settlers had difficulty with the th sound when New Amsterdam became New York, then it just sort of became the accent for everybody. Have no idea whether or not that is true, but probably a thousand little quirks like that made American English.
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AC320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
I do have quite an evident Eastern Canadian accent, it gets heaver whe, I head back up north and have been in town a few days. I'm pegged as a foreigner within a minute of opening my mouth here. My French does have a heavy Quebecois accent once I get going as well, I chalk that up to my French teachers, quite a few of them came from Rural parts of Quebec to Montreal.
Asbg From Israel, joined Feb 2000, 538 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1373 times:
Being born to an American family in Israel put me in a awkward situation. People tend to say that Hebrew has an American accent though on the hand Americans say that they can tell I'm not a truly American. So where does that put me? Hmmmm
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