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31. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, most everyone assumes that I am from Canada. Funny thing is...I have never met a Canadian that sounds like a Yooper (U.P.er) I guess it really is more a MN accent. You betcha! And we always say eh at the end of every sentence.

32. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Mr Isa here
How bad is your accent? Hmmm, to who? Do people find their own accents bad? Or just other peoples?
As an American, it's fairly easy to tell that a person is NOT American by their accent (yes, even Canucks, but usually that requires a good ear and listen for the "eh" to sneak in). Most people can spot me as an American, but I suspect that's because I'm usually wearing a Hawaiian shirt. It's hard to find too many non-Americans that wear this style.
The real trick is to figure out WHERE within a country the person is from. Here in Happy "Free-From-Terror" Land, I think it's more regional than anything else. Hearing a Southern accent could apply to 10 states, a Texas accent is almost always a dead giveaway, California tends to be a laid back, like you know, style of speech. Yoopers (thanks Joz) are pretty easy to spot, Minnesotans (thanks my dear) are really easy, though sometimes they mask as Canucks (until the subject of lutefisk comes up). Central mountain people...kind of hard to pick. Bostonians, easy. New Yorkers and Chicagoans, probably the easiest of all.
Nobody ever figures me out (literally and figuratively) because I've lived all over and managed to blend many accents into one. I do a mean Peter Sellars as Inspector Clouseau too.
The easiest way to spot the AVERAGE AMERICAN (in my experience), aside from checking the nearest McDonalds, is just to wait for someone to loudly complain how they're being inconvenienced by something or someone ("You know Ethel, we wouldn't have to wait for the bus in Cleveland")...with apologies to Clevelanders. Too many Americans make ugly tourists. It's time to stamp out ugly manners and be civil tourists. Though, that may have to be another thread.
Really, not all we Americans are the same, and I hope that the rest of the world doesn't lump us all into one giant group of louts, politics aside.
Is it the weekend yet?

33. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Mr Isa here
Here in Happy "Free-From-Terror" Land...

I hope that the rest of the world doesn't lump us all into one giant group of louts, politics aside.

Is it the weekend yet?

Hahaha...Happy free-from-terror land, thats a good one! Well said Mr Isa. No lumping allowed!

34. Posted by whitb (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y

Hey guys,
I've heard is said that the irish accent has been picked as 1 of the sexiest in the world.As an Irishman,and I'm not just fishing for compliments here;),I must admit to being completely baffled.
How the hell can anyone find the Irish accent appealing,except for northern Ireland which is v v v sexy.
On another point, I seem to suffer from a habit of picking up someones accent and subconsciously mimicking them which makes people think I'm making fun of them.As I'm going RTW in July I'm a bit worried about getting my head kicked in over this.Does anyone else suffer from this ailment or know a cure?

35. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting whitb

Does anyone else suffer from this ailment or know a cure?

I hate to admit it but yes, I suffer from the NY bug accent. I speak like a New Yorker when I am there, it just comes out without me even trying. People there think I have never lost my accent since I left New York but they dont realize I lose it the moment I leave (or maybe few days after)...

36. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting whitb

How the hell can anyone find the Irish accent appealing,except for northern Ireland which is v v v sexy.

I wholeheartedly agree about the N. Irish accent - although I admit I'm terribly biased. I loved the Irish accent too, though - had a hard time understanding the true-blue Dubliners at times, but the Irish have a way of speaking that makes them sound like they're singing... it's wonderful.

37. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Anyone wondering what Evelyn or Nikki actually sound like? Girls, do you have that Northen Irish accent people seem to be talking about?

38. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Mr Isa here
Minnesotans (thanks my dear) are really easy, though sometimes they mask as Canucks (until the subject of lutefisk comes up).

Anyone willing to trade their Irish accent for a Minnesota one?
And, do Canadians eat lutefisk?

39. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Anne, sadly no...the Northen Irish accents have a delightful musical quality to them.

I, on the other hand, being from Limerick sound like a a fork being run over a cheesegrater

40. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Anne, sadly no...the Northen Irish accents have a delightful musical quality to them.

I, on the other hand, being from Limerick sound like a a fork being run over a cheesegrater

LOL