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Old January 15th, 2007, 9:42 am
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English Accents (American, British, Irish, etc...)

I'm American, and I have to say I love British accents! I'm from Chicago and I have a pretty noticable Chicago accent, if anyone knows exactly what that is. Its thick, but don't mistake it for a "Superfans" accent, thats way over-the-top (DA BEARS!! DITKA!!). Even though I say I have an accent does anyone kind of think American accents are just kind of flat? Or does anyone from other countries like American accents? Someone once told me that in France they find it "cool" to have an American accent or to even speak English, which I found to be odd. People say I'm pretty good at British/Irish accents aswell. Anyway, I'm rambling. Add all your accent-related comments here! Anything about your culture is good too! (nothing hate-filled please)



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Old January 15th, 2007, 10:21 am
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i've always wondered if people from other countries can tell the difference between american accents, or does it all sound the same? can british people, for example, tell the difference between a southern accent and a new york accent?


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Old January 15th, 2007, 10:22 am
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I likw the British accent more than American. If you want to know a flat accent you have to here the South African english accent. Its just borring....


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Old January 15th, 2007, 10:26 am
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It's kinda funny 'cause when an American says to some1 with an accent "you have an accent", the other person is prolly thinking "no, you have an accent" ya know?

The brillant British comic, Jimmy Carr, said it best; "no I don't have an accent, this is how words are supposed to sound when you pronounce them properly!" HAHAHA


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Old January 15th, 2007, 10:34 am
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I likw the British accent more than American. If you want to know a flat accent you have to here the South African english accent. Its just borring....
Surely that's a Surf Efrican Inglish eccent

I think most British people could distinguish between Nu Yoick and the deep South but I would certainly have difficulty with other US accents


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Old January 15th, 2007, 10:48 am
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It's interesting how people can tell apart different accents so well within their own countries, but when it's another nation (say the US or GB), most accents get all lumped together even when they are different.

Personally, I think any foreign (non-US) accent is really great and attractive...


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Old January 15th, 2007, 11:22 am
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I love accents because I love language and linguistics. I have a Chicago/Midwestern accent, though of course, I don't notice it. But my Southern side of the family does! I think the best way to understand a Chicago accent is to take a New York accent and make it softer, with more pronounced "R"'s. So a stereotypical high north New York accent may sound clipped, nasal, with "R"'s pronounced as an "aw". Some examples:
New Yawk =New York
Baa Hahba= Bar Harbor
Pahk the Kah = Park the Car

A Chicago/Illinois accent is stereotypically clipped and nasal, but does pronounce the "R"... examples:
Illinoee- Illinois
Bahr Hahrbor - Bar Harbor
Pahrk th' Cahr- Park the car

Now my Southern side of the family pronounces things very differently:
Suthin= Southern
Dahlin'=Darling
Pauhrk the Cauhr= Park the Car


As for accents I like...I dig really clipped British accents like "Prit-tee bit Lit-ull" (Pretty bit little). I also really like Irish & Scottish. Romanian has a neat sound to it, too. (Think Dracula.) LOL. I love the different ways people say things.


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Old January 15th, 2007, 11:51 am
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I love accents. They're so cool... but if like me, you go to a country like Italy with an Australian accent, you begin to hate the sound of your own voice... because at home your accent isn't pronounced, while overseas it is... though not to the extent of the late Steve Irwin or anything. I can sort of distinguish a New York accent and a Chicago accent, mostly because a few of my favourite bands come from Chicago... as for New York accents, no idea why I can tell them apart from others, I just can. But anyway, my favourite accents would have to be the New Zealand accent or any accent from anywhere in Britain... American and Canadian are cool too, it's just that I hear them all the time on television.


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Old January 15th, 2007, 12:02 pm
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I'm surprised that no British member has complained about the term "British accent" yet.
Scotland and England are two different countries, though they are united since 1707. In a way, it's like saying "I love the Northern American accent" and not differentiating between Canada and the USA.

For me, as a non-native speaker, it was even more difficult to know where someone is from. It's all about practice of course. Now, after several years of study, I have no problems to categorise main accents. Most people in my country, however, can't even tell AE and BE apart and they certainly don't know the difference between English spoken in Texas and Connecticut.


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Old January 15th, 2007, 12:20 pm
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I can tell north from south, but not distinguish all the different American accents. But even with British accents, I can only tell the vague geographical area, not exactly where someone comes from. Sometimes, though, you hear someone who really reminds you of someone else you know, and you realise they come from the same place.


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Old January 15th, 2007, 12:36 pm
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I think that the most notable accents in America are the southern and New England. New England is very distinct with the pronunciation of Aunt vs Ant, Bahth vs Bath and such. I grew up in New England so it is the one I can pick out the easiest. As far as foreign accents go I can tell Austrailia from Spain but I could not tell the various city accents within the UK.


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Old January 15th, 2007, 12:55 pm
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i've always wondered if people from other countries can tell the difference between american accents, or does it all sound the same? can british people, for example, tell the difference between a southern accent and a new york accent?
I'm from Norway and I can hear the difference between a southerner and a northener (to use the terms from "North and South"), but I can't really distinguish any more detailed than that.

Same goes for Britain - I can hear the difference between Oxford, Cockney, Irish and Scottish, but that's about it. Or... sometimes I can hear that there is a difference, but I can't pin-point exactly what it is.


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Old January 15th, 2007, 1:28 pm
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I'm from Texas and I have a strong Texan accent. It's sorta a cross between Deep South and something else.


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I'm surprised that no British member has complained about the term "British accent" yet.
I was juuuust about to

I'd quite like to know what people from other countries see as a "British" accent.


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Old January 15th, 2007, 1:37 pm
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I'd quite like to know what people from other countries see as a "British" accent.
Of course there is nothing like a "British accent", but I thought the one who started this thread wrote it that way as an easy way to include English, Scottish and Irish accents.


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Old January 15th, 2007, 2:09 pm
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I love Welsh accents myself, but in general I'm pretty bad with accents! Especially really strong Scottish ones, and some other really strong Northern British accents (maybe I should spend some time up there to get used to it).

There are some American accents I really like but I find it difficult to distinguish where exactly they are from apart from the ones which are on TV most like Southern and New York. For other countries I do rather like Australian and Russian accents!


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Old January 15th, 2007, 2:09 pm
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I think that maybe everyones own accent sounds flat to them ( When I hear another Australian accent it sounds flat to me) I can tell if someone is from the south in the U.S.A but that is all. I can sometimes pick up a canandian accent but only with certain words.

I would only use British accent to mean English, but most time I say English. I can hear difference in the English accents, however I couldn't tell you where they were from. I can distinguish between and English and Scotish or Irish accent, however do sometimes find hard to distinguish between Scotish and Irish.
I sometimes find it hard to pick a New Zealand accent if I am not listening closley, I can mistake it for an Aussie accent.


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Old January 15th, 2007, 4:41 pm
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i`ve got more of an american accent...but i love british accent alot....its soooo royal


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I'm surprised that no British member has complained about the term "British accent" yet.
Scotland and England are two different countries, though they are united since 1707. In a way, it's like saying "I love the Northern American accent" and not differentiating between Canada and the USA.

For me, as a non-native speaker, it was even more difficult to know where someone is from. It's all about practice of course. Now, after several years of study, I have no problems to categorise main accents. Most people in my country, however, can't even tell AE and BE apart and they certainly don't know the difference between English spoken in Texas and Connecticut.
It's nice to hear people say you have a nice accent. I wish mine was more like the stereotyped RP accent of 'Britain,' instead it's this vile nasal scouse accent. Alright laaaa


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Old January 15th, 2007, 6:55 pm
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I'll tell you something, when I go to new York my London dandy accent combined with naturally deep voice got me a lot of attention- and frankly a bigger ego trip than I deserved.


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