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1. Posted by Hans28 (Budding Member 10 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I was recommended to create a new thread on this topic, so here we go.

Normally I wouldn't want to visit the US, but i've been inspired recently. I'd like to stay at some typical Southern farm in the country, with cool nature, nice folk around and all the stuff coming along. Having a car or (which would be better) a motorbike is desired, so no travel barriers, I guess, unless I don't know about something. Basically, I assume, I will need this to travel around the vast southern territory in search for picturesque places.

So, the question is: Are there such farms and farmers who'd offer a place at theirs either for payment or for help of any kind, i don't care much. I would just like to enjoy the american counrtyside life.

Thanks to everyone in advance!

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 265 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

This is fairly easy to do. Many American farmers open their homes to visitors. Here is a helpful web site. Farm Stay USA web site

Study the areas carefully if you are looking for picturesque places. You might be happier in other than the southern states depending on where in the south you go if you are looking for great scenery. The northeast and far west tend to have more dramatic scenery. I grew up in northeastern Ohio which has farms and gorgeous scenery but is not in the south. Northern New York state has wonderful farms and scenery.

Have fun looking and whatever you choose, have a terrific farm stay in the USA.

3. Posted by Hans28 (Budding Member 10 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much! I never thought there existed such websites and that farmers tend to invite tourists. I will also consire your suggestion, though, I'd like to be in the South for another reason - Redneck accent. :) I really enjoy it and wouldn't mind learning how to speak it properly!

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 265 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure there is a proper accent. We prefer to call it a "southern" accent and it varies from place to place so if you learn it in one section of the south, it will be different in another part of the south, sometimes just a few dozen miles away. There is a vestige of southern accent as far north as north central Ohio. I had friends living only 20 miles away that I thought had a southern accent when we were kids. We brought up our children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and there was no accent in the town but if you drove five miles out of town, there was a pretty thick southern accent. Our kids, living in town, grew up with no accent at all.

You will also discover the educated and the uneducated speak "southern" very differently. The term "redneck" tends to denote the uneducated. It's really an insult (or used to be). If that is the accent you seek, there is no proper way to speak it; it's colloquial and you are kind of on your own. Anything goes and it can be very local. For that, any biker bar in the country no matter where would probably serve your purpose.

I just remember that when we moved to North Carolina people said "Hey" instead of "hello" and the proper reply was, "Fine, thank you." Hey meant "Hello, how are you doing?" I never did get used to it.

Farmers in the USA, like farmers everywhere, are very friendly and enjoy sharing their experiences with people. You should have a good trip.

Good luck.

5. Posted by goodfish (Budding Member 87 posts) 13w 1 Star this if you like it!

Oh gosh, please don't use the word "redneck" liberally! As Beausoleil explained, it may be taken as an insult, and doesn't apply only to residents of the South.

As she also explained, the accents of the Southern states can vary by area - people in East Texas, for instance, can sound different than people in West, and both can sound different than people in Alabama. City folks in professional jobs may also speak differently than those in rural areas. To further confuse the topic, there's Ebonics: I'll let you read up on that one yourself but it isn't limited to the South.

No, you won't learn to "speak" any of it other than picking up some colloquialisms. There is no such thing as a "proper" redneck accent so please don't try!

I'm amused at her story about "Hey." I'm from the Midwest and "Hey, how ya doin'." is a common part of our vernacular. It's spoken as a statement instead of a question but expects an answer, usually "Fine, thanks." We also tend to drop or soften the "g" on the ends of words ending in "ing", as I did with "doing" above. But just as in the South, we may speak a little differently in business situations than we do casually with friends/family and with colloquialisms/accents specific to what parts of the Midwest we were raised, such as a community with strong Scandinavian or German roots.

Educational levels may also play into the language picture anywhere in the U.S. at all so it's complicated!

6. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1236 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

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You will also discover the educated and the uneducated speak "southern" very differently. The term "redneck" tends to denote the uneducated. It's really an insult (or used to be). If that is the accent you seek, there is no proper way to speak it; it's colloquial and you are kind of on your own. Anything goes and it can be very local. For that, any biker bar in the country no matter where would probably serve your purpose.
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Good luck.

Hans - please, go into 'any biker bar in the country ' & practise your newly acquired accent on the locals .. let us know how that worked out for you.

Oh .. and do you have hospital insurance for your trip .. medical stuff can be very expensive in the US.

7. Posted by goodfish (Budding Member 87 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

ROFLMAO, Steve!!!!!
Yessiree, I can only imagine. It wouldn't be pretty.

A certain Jerry Jeff Walker song is stuck in my head...

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Apr-2017, at 06:48 by goodfish ]

8. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1236 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting goodfish

ROFLMAO, Steve!!!!!
Yessiree, I can only imagine. It wouldn't be pretty.

A certain Jerry Jeff Walker song is stuck in my head...

ROFLMAO! I had to google that .. one for Hans to add to his collection.

& Jerry Jeff Walker song .. I had to Google that too.

9. Posted by Hans28 (Budding Member 10 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Oh, goodness, I really didn't know that it could be an insult, I'm sorry for using it! And thank you for warning me. It's just another word I have heard as a synonim of "Southern". Anyway, thank you all for your help, I will consider the goals and the trip itself seriously.

10. Posted by goodfish (Budding Member 87 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Well, it wasn't like I could (or should) spell EITHER of those out on this fine, upstanding website? HA!

A least the virtual boot that would earn me would be considerably less painful than what Hans might encounter.

And Hans, you're welcome. Please do ask about any other assumptions you may have about us 'Mericans. :O)

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Apr-2017, at 07:02 by goodfish ]