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11. Posted by Simon1983 (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

Hay! I love accents too. I'm not too bad at them, although my Dutch speaking English and my Eastern European speaking English accent is pretty samey! My Irish accent is awful as well. I wish i could do that one.

As for the origional post....go to Newcastle and immitate that! Its the best accent on the planet (my mum's a geordie). Unfortuantly I am cursed with a Nottingham accent!

12. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 9y

i can't resist a Latino accent... or any for that matter...

i feel so boring with a canadian accent... it just seems so simple and uninteresting, and maybe it's because i'm so used to it that it sounds so boring compared to other culture's impression of english... hmmm.

13. Posted by MJennifer (Inactive 18 posts) 9y

Quoting daphnemaia

i agree with tway - it's easy to unconsciously slip into an accent after speaking with a foreign person for a while.

I've lived in California all my life, but sometimes I find myself slipping into a Indian accent after spending the day with a friend who is from India. And now when I try to do a fake accent from another country, like England, it *always* ends up being an Indian accent! Good think Indian accepts sound so beautiful!

14. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

Quoting MJennifer

Quoting daphnemaia

i agree with tway - it's easy to unconsciously slip into an accent after speaking with a foreign person for a while.

I've lived in California all my life, but sometimes I find myself slipping into a Indian accent after spending the day with a friend who is from India. And now when I try to do a fake accent from another country, like England, it *always* ends up being an Indian accent! Good think Indian accepts sound so beautiful!

I am also Canadian and when I lived there I would have totally agreed with you, after having lived in Costa Rica and now the USA for the past 5 years since I lived in Canada...I can say without a doubt that Canadians do have accents, and I can pick a Canadian out just from their voice now.

I am with the thread started, I love accents and wish I had a British accent, but thats probably just because I dont have one. I bet if I had one it would seem boring to me and I would want to speak English like an America?

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 18, 2007, at 6:17 PM by will13 ]

15. Posted by sirwhale (Full Member 84 posts) 9y

Coming to university really opened my eyes to how strong my accent is (manc). Even our grammer is slightly different by putting pronouns at the start and the end of sentences (such as 'do you like traveling you?'). Now, after 3 years of uni, when i go home i can really hear my native accent, where as if before it was just 'normal' to me. My girlfriend, who is from Gibraltar, often makes fun of me when saying words such as 'hard' and 'car'

Oh and yea i agree with most, you should not try and immitate, your accent tells alot about you, and you should be proud of it. I imagine my accent has changed a little at uni and may when i go to live in spain, but that accent change just tells a story :)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 19, 2007, at 11:56 AM by sirwhale ]

16. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

I also really like listening to and trying to pick up new accents. When I was little I used to live in England and when I was there I spoke with a really great English accent but it has disappeared since I moved back to Iceland. Now my English accent sounds like a mix of Icelandic, American and Australian. But if I think in English it sounds really British in my head...
A friend of my mums has a real knack for picking up accents. She has lived in Manchester and Liverpool and picked both accents up in a matter of days. She also went to Boston a few weeks ago and came back speaking English with a Boston accent.

17. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Hey everyone, ACCENTS FASCINATE ME. I used to do a lot of accents when I was much younger, for example at summer camp when I was 9 I had an Irish counselor and came home speaking in an Irish accent--imagine how my folks felt.

Personally, I think that the Irish accent is beautiful, my favorite. I could listen to an Irish accent for the rest of my life. I'm the kind of person who gets excited in conversations and sometimes interrupts by accident because I get so excited, but when talking to an Irish girl I don't interrupt AT ALL.

I'm pretty good at picking up accents, and I don't use them in a patronising way at all, usually just with someone I've gotten to know to try and show off a bit for them. If it doesn't work the first time, I give it up, but it's funny for both of us usually. I picked up an Australian accent pretty well when I was down there, and in Sydney someone from Melbourne asked me for directions somewhere after hearing me say something to another American friend of mine! I apologized in my real accent and told them how they just made my day.

I'm at school in Boston now, and I'm starting to slip into it sometimes!! It's wicked awesome, but sometimes it's haahd fuh me to undahstaynd myself. I'll be going to Europe this summer, part of my trip going through the UK and Ireland, so I can't wait for the beautiful accents--a close second favorite is the Liverpudlian accent.

I also like Spanish accents, I speak Spanish pretty well and have met dozens of people from South America/Central America and a few from Spain. I'll be working on my Spain speech while I'm over there, making sure I ask for a thervetha in Cadith. I guess making that kind of accent isn't the same as imitating an English one because I don't have a practiced and original Spanish accent. Anyway, fun thread

18. Posted by Tamagotchi (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Yes, I totally agree Irish accents are so beautiful! I worked with an eccentric Irish guy in Scotland a few years ago, He would read poetry from the top of castle ruins the one minute and be crying out Irish obscenities in some pub the next- but no matter how ludicrous his behaviour, he was always forgiven...i believe its the melodious and calming effect of his accent...you have got to wish you had it!! By the way, if youre into accents why dont you visit South Africa whilst on this FREEDOM crusade, afterall we have 11 Official Languages!
Not to mention some really awesome people, a very rich and diverse cultural mix.You can come and enjoy a really LEKKER BOEREWORS ROLL , or mayb a VETKOEK..ag..what the heck throw in a few KOEKSISTERS...you never know what accent you'll be leaving with!?

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