What is your accent?

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1. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 268 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

We are blessed with the internet and more conveniently, YouTube; so came social media and videos, about most anything, including, most probably, your accent.
Indeed, a mass of videos from a viral accent challenge to another from this platform to that platform, making their way to YouTube, and that much easier for us to share, now isn't that brilliant?
Now, we can search YouTube 'insert your accent here' accent challenge, and then choose which video best matches your accent.
The accent challenge, people sharing their accent reading from a list of words to say out loud in these accent challenge videos...
Bonus points if you're the actual person talking in video you share of your accent (and it's yourself and your voice) but, it doesn't have to be you, if you find a video with someone with your accent, then by all means, use it.

This is my accent, this video isn't myself, but this is someone from the same place as me and this is what we sound like, and I'd even go a step further and say 'mmm' is a word here and, that song she's playing in the background, is a favourite of mine, so this is my accent.
YouTube - Tumblr accent challenge - South London

What about you?
What do you sound like?

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1781 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

A lady in England told me I had a California accent. To my knowledge there isn't a California accent so I'm not sure what she meant. My husband grew up in New York and to hear him talk, you would never know it. He has no accent. Our kids grew up mostly in the south and none of them has a southern accent.

3. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 268 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

I love the So. Cal accent.

I have love for other accents too, but, I do like that accent.
Valley too.
If I hear someone speaking like they're from the Valley or have a So. Cal accent, I'm smitten.

[ Edit: Edited on 21 Apr 2021, 22:06 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1781 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Trust me, Trebor. I do not sound like a Valley Girl. Most southern Californians don't sound like that either. It's sort of a Hollywood myth although the accent exists in the San Fernando Valley. We lived in SoCal for about 20 years but have also lived all over the country and are now in northern California. None of the accents have stuck. You can't change accents every time you move . . . at least I can't. I'll be from Ohio until the day I die. We're famous for adding an R in the middle of words like Washington. That sounds like Warshington if you're from Ohio. I try not to do that but when I'm in a hurry or excited, it just pops out.

5. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 268 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

I say Guvnor or Guv' as a polite way to address men whom I don't know.
I feel it's better than calling them Mate because, I am not Australian.
I feel it's better than calling them Boss because, I am not an ex convict;
No, Guvnor or Guv works with me; but only because I was raised in Croydon by a Pinko Commie Cockney Old School Mother Theresa MBTI type sharing father of mine; born in Hoxton in '39 and when war broke out, escaped to Battersea and he was a Battersea Cockney Thespian kid who knew Michael Caine before he was Michael Caine and Johnny Briggs as a lad... So I can say Guvnor and feel at home saying it in Croydon, even though Croydon isn't the sound of Bow Bells (I think today that's some beach on the Costa Del Sol); I was still raised by one so I can still say it if I want.

My father used to teach Cockney to all us kids (me and my brothers and sisters) as a party trick growing up in the homestead... I know Cockney, I'm not a Cockney, but I know Cockney, I do say Guvnor or Guv though, for people I don't know as I feel it works best for me.

Just now I spoke with a gentleman on the phone with a thick Yorkshire accent who told me some rather good news about my trip up to Whitby, just now before posting this post in fact/the inspiration/and reason for this post... I called him Guvnor, just now, as I was thanking him (I just heard what I needed to, it was perfect, loved it) so I just called him Guvnor out of politeness; ended the call on a bright note as he responded well to that.
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Also, the people who looked like me who I never met before and come from 'another part of town' to me, all saying Mate to me and each other, when I said Guvnor, they took it well too, suddenly all polite etc, love it.

Which is ironic, very very very ironic...

When Cockney gets people treating you better, then the tired old standard Mate is too casual and the word Boss is; too too casual... Since Guvnor was what the dodgy/shady looking fellow standing in the dark by the alley waiting to rob you or sell you something contraband or stolen would say, in a language designed to confuse law enforcement, Cockney Rhyming Slang's now a phrase that gets a positive (and unexpected) reaction, but I have my reasons, why I use it for men who's name I don't know if I want to be polite, and I'm fine with that.

[ Edit: Edited on 22 Apr 2021, 14:27 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

6. Posted by Trebor Illusion (Budding Member 268 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

I quoted when I meant to edit.

[ Edit: Edited on 22 Apr 2021, 14:21 GMT by Trebor Illusion ]

7. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1620 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

On a related topic - I've just got back to Auckland from a visit to the South Island, New Zealand. As you may know from other posts, I was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire and emigrated to NZ in 2004. We stepped off the plane in Queestown, walked to our car (a loan from a friend) and headed to the supermarket. At the self-service checkout, my wife started talking to the superviser about toiletries (as you do, apparently!) and the supervisor mentioned, with an English accent, that her 'mum' always told her she had too much make-up. The way she said the word 'mum' was exactly the way I say it. I asked her where she was from and it turnes out she was born in Grimsby, about three miles from where I was born. Small world!

8. Posted by Cottonwood (Respected Member 658 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

Well, I speak American English, but I'm from the part of America that really doesn't have an accent of any kind as compared to a true New Yorker, Bostonian, or some one from the deep south of the USA, and of course those "Valley Girl" types from southern Cali.

I remember once a German kid who I was rooming with at a Youth Hostel in St Malo France and started talking with after a bit, he finally had to ask what part of the USA I was from because he felt " I didn't have an accent" that he could figure out.

I was born in the State of Washington and have lived in Idaho for the past 30+ years and us "Northwesterner's" really don't have any kind of accent.

9. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 155 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

I'm also from California as are my parents and have never heard of a "California accent".
As for "Valley Girl" that is, like, SO 80's. (insert sarcasm emoji).
Hollywood has a lot to answer for.

10. Posted by madtraveler (Budding Member 7 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

My is Spanish. Even though I was born in the USA, I still have a Spanish accent after almost five decades.