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Accents The Voice of Lews Therin - 24/04/2004 11:55:56 PM

My Russian friends and other Russians whom I am introduced to have all noticed that, in the past year or so, I've started speaking with a Moscow accent. Now, my gf is from Moscow, and although she hasn't noticed a change in my intonation, HER friends and other people are now telling her that she's losing the slight NY accent she has when she speaks English. This evening, as we were leaving a party in Manhattan (pronounced mn-HAT-n if you live in the area), she said she's now started speaking English with "an Iowa accent" ...

So...here are some questions:

1. What accent do you speak in when you speak your native language? Don't tell me you don't have one, because everyone has an accent, even if it's the "standard" accent for the language in question.

2. Do you mispronounce words because of your accent? I'm not talking about simple variant pronunciation. I'm talking about the way people in Boston say the word "career" like "Korea" and "Korea" like "career" (or, for example, the way Billy Joel sings about "Brender & Eddie" in "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" ).

3. Do you speak any other languages fluently enough to have a distinctive local accent in that language? For example, my Moscow accent, my friend's Parisian accent when he speaks French, etc.

4. Are any of your accents "looked down" upon? (For example, Cockney or similar accents in England, Algerian accents in French, Caucasus accents in Russian, Long Island accents in American English, etc., etc., etc. )

5. As long as we're speaking about accents, are there any foreign accents which, when you hear your native language spoken in, turn you on/sound pretty ?

6. Are there any foreign accents which make your language sound awful?

Okay, that's it. 'Twas a short survey.


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Accents - 24/04/2004 11:55:56 PM 554 Views
OoooO - 25/04/2004 12:01:47 AM 56 Views
People looked down on an English accent? - 25/04/2004 12:05:35 AM 1 Views
yeah - 25/04/2004 12:09:08 AM 1 Views
You left out a question, Tom - 25/04/2004 12:15:52 AM 46 Views
! - 25/04/2004 12:22:15 AM 30 Views
Accents rock - 25/04/2004 12:44:34 AM 23 Views
interesting - 25/04/2004 01:07:47 AM 38 Views
oooh, nice survey - 25/04/2004 01:28:27 AM 30 Views
interesting survey. I'll give it a go. - 25/04/2004 01:30:49 AM 42 Views
Polyglot - 25/04/2004 01:33:28 AM 24 Views
Mmmm.... accents.... *drools* - 25/04/2004 01:40:10 AM 24 Views
hmm....I'm not familiar with Dutch accents. - 25/04/2004 01:42:35 AM 1 Views
Re: hmm....I'm not familiar with Dutch accents. - 25/04/2004 02:00:40 AM 1 Views
Ah, accents. - 25/04/2004 03:35:14 AM 22 Views
Hmmm... - 25/04/2004 05:35:38 AM 18 Views
Re: Accents - 25/04/2004 06:15:47 AM 18 Views
I'll give it a try! - 25/04/2004 06:26:19 AM 21 Views
Re: yeah - 25/04/2004 06:26:25 AM 1 Views
Re: I'll give it a try! - 25/04/2004 06:36:43 AM 1 Views
Re: Accents - 25/04/2004 07:08:26 AM 32 Views
Re: Accents - 25/04/2004 07:30:06 AM 18 Views
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so perhaps you would know what I meant If I said... - 25/04/2004 08:00:27 AM 1 Views
ha ha *wikedly grins* *NM* - 25/04/2004 08:24:56 AM 1 Views
Cute. - 25/04/2004 08:29:21 AM 18 Views
Re: so perhaps you would know what I meant If I said... - 25/04/2004 08:32:03 AM 1 Views
Just to add - 25/04/2004 08:40:00 AM 14 Views
Language nerds all over this place - 25/04/2004 09:16:05 AM 33 Views
Re: Accents - 25/04/2004 09:42:36 AM 20 Views
Re: Accents - 25/04/2004 09:43:02 AM 16 Views
Re: Accents - 25/04/2004 10:13:14 AM 14 Views
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I stayed with germans for 2 years - 25/04/2004 10:41:25 AM 1 Views
So... - 25/04/2004 10:57:28 AM 1 Views
Accents make life interesting. - 25/04/2004 11:12:53 AM 16 Views
good survey, Thomas. - 25/04/2004 11:54:30 AM 28 Views
Good questions. - 25/04/2004 12:30:49 PM 28 Views
Re: Accents - 25/04/2004 12:40:48 PM 16 Views
Maybeeee it's because i'm a londonerrrrr... - 25/04/2004 12:57:30 PM 20 Views
I don't have an accent - 25/04/2004 01:21:01 PM 20 Views
Heh! - 25/04/2004 01:25:36 PM 1 Views
LOL, thanks... - 25/04/2004 01:46:09 PM 1 Views
well... - 25/04/2004 01:47:41 PM 1 Views
Welll - 25/04/2004 04:10:29 PM 9 Views
I love accents - 25/04/2004 04:35:36 PM 13 Views
Re: Accents - 25/04/2004 05:10:43 PM 17 Views
Re: I love accents - 25/04/2004 05:16:36 PM 1 Views
Aww . . . - 25/04/2004 05:20:47 PM 1 Views
Re: I love accents - 25/04/2004 05:29:36 PM 1 Views
Hanoi, ein Schwabe - 25/04/2004 05:33:12 PM 1 Views
Ha freilich! - 25/04/2004 06:01:12 PM 1 Views
lol - 25/04/2004 07:19:17 PM 1 Views
Àcçéntš - 25/04/2004 07:29:33 PM 32 Views
*doesn't have an accent* *NM* - 25/04/2004 07:39:42 PM 7 Views
Re: Àcçéntš - 25/04/2004 07:55:21 PM 1 Views
'ello evvvvrey bode-y - 25/04/2004 08:04:47 PM 13 Views
*giggles* - 25/04/2004 08:12:52 PM 1 Views
I still don't know what a Washington accent sounds like... - 25/04/2004 08:14:33 PM 1 Views
I have a localized Mexican accent when speaking Spanish... - 25/04/2004 09:17:13 PM 8 Views
Re: yeah - 25/04/2004 09:35:38 PM 1 Views
Theh's nothing wrong with saying "wicked" - 25/04/2004 09:49:40 PM 1 Views
Hehehe - 25/04/2004 09:52:07 PM 1 Views
The BBC has been invaded by bizarre accents - 25/04/2004 09:54:57 PM 1 Views
You were mistaken for a "pasty-faced pommy git" ? - 25/04/2004 09:56:38 PM 1 Views
Interesting... - 25/04/2004 10:00:18 PM 1 Views
The NY ones sound whiney? - 25/04/2004 10:04:45 PM 1 Views
What are the idiosyncracies? - 25/04/2004 10:06:17 PM 1 Views
Canadian accents can be really funny - 25/04/2004 10:08:51 PM 1 Views
Are you by any chance from Adelaide? - 25/04/2004 10:10:53 PM 1 Views
So Stockholm isn't "proper Swedish" ? - 25/04/2004 10:14:18 PM 1 Views
Re: The BBC has been invaded by bizarre accents - 25/04/2004 10:19:01 PM 1 Views
There's no problem with Korea and career being homophones - 25/04/2004 10:19:48 PM 1 Views
Russian is highly uniform, though - 25/04/2004 10:25:44 PM 1 Views
I'm pretty sure it's from "oh God" - 25/04/2004 10:30:29 PM 1 Views
Reminds me of "Trainspotting" - 25/04/2004 10:33:23 PM 1 Views
Is that Cajun or not? - 25/04/2004 10:35:51 PM 1 Views
You never heard "pigeon" ? - 25/04/2004 10:39:35 PM 1 Views
Isn't Swedish a lot like German? - 25/04/2004 10:42:03 PM 1 Views
Ah...I take it you're dating ironclad - 25/04/2004 10:43:58 PM 1 Views
People vary between French and Japanese?!?! - 25/04/2004 10:46:53 PM 1 Views
Nah, I'm a Brisbane girl. - 25/04/2004 10:47:16 PM 1 Views
Ah...mittens with a glottalized t - 25/04/2004 10:49:34 PM 1 Views
Yes, and, in your case, apparently confusing as well - 25/04/2004 10:53:08 PM 1 Views
Re: What are the idiosyncracies? - 25/04/2004 10:54:09 PM 1 Views
valid point - 25/04/2004 10:54:17 PM 1 Views
You're just weird, Gena - 25/04/2004 10:57:27 PM 1 Views
When you say "Moscow-Brooklyn" .... - 25/04/2004 11:00:14 PM 1 Views
What words? - 25/04/2004 11:03:16 PM 1 Views
But most Americans say neither soda, nor pop - 25/04/2004 11:06:05 PM 1 Views
Ah, yes, the Guy Ritchie movies - 25/04/2004 11:08:41 PM 1 Views
Excellent answer to the fifth question - 25/04/2004 11:10:53 PM 1 Views
Border regions between dialects sound difficult sometimes - 25/04/2004 11:13:15 PM 1 Views
How does NW American differ from Midwest American? - 25/04/2004 11:15:39 PM 1 Views
So in the Swabian accent there is no difference between s and ss? - 25/04/2004 11:20:09 PM 1 Views
There are standard correct pronunciations... - 25/04/2004 11:31:13 PM 1 Views
Sure.... *NM* - 25/04/2004 11:31:54 PM 1 Views
But how do you say them? - 25/04/2004 11:34:12 PM 1 Views
Ohioan is general Midwest, isn't it? - 25/04/2004 11:36:09 PM 1 Views
Re: How does NW American differ from Midwest American? - 25/04/2004 11:49:20 PM 1 Views
Re: I still don't know what a Washington accent sounds like... - 26/04/2004 12:07:16 AM 1 Views
- 26/04/2004 12:51:22 AM 1 Views
Da. I admit it. - 26/04/2004 01:03:21 AM 1 Views
My Accent: So. Cali beach bum meets Texan cowgirl - 26/04/2004 02:22:00 AM 8 Views
Re: So in the Swabian accent there is no difference between s and ss? - 26/04/2004 02:33:52 AM 1 Views
Re: Interesting... - 26/04/2004 03:42:01 AM 1 Views
Re: I'm pretty sure it's from "oh God" - 26/04/2004 04:02:54 AM 1 Views
There is no "standard" swedish really - 26/04/2004 04:32:09 AM 1 Views
Not really... there are big similarities, of course... - 26/04/2004 04:42:45 AM 1 Views
ahem... - 26/04/2004 04:56:22 AM 1 Views
The only sensible answer - 26/04/2004 05:56:52 AM 1 Views
Re: There's no problem with Korea and career being homophones - 26/04/2004 06:25:42 AM 1 Views
Interesting... - 26/04/2004 07:02:00 AM 10 Views
Re: Russian is highly uniform, though - 26/04/2004 08:03:01 AM 1 Views
I think you may have misunderstood the -r insertion phenomenon. - 26/04/2004 11:09:26 AM 1 Views
Re: - 26/04/2004 11:25:56 AM 1 Views
No problem - 26/04/2004 11:29:00 AM 1 Views
No, they DO pronounce Korea as "Korear" with nothing following - 26/04/2004 11:41:39 AM 1 Views
Maybe out there - 26/04/2004 11:44:24 AM 1 Views
Oh yes I am - 26/04/2004 11:45:14 AM 1 Views
Re: Reminds me of "Trainspotting" - 26/04/2004 11:46:32 AM 1 Views
Yeah i know - 26/04/2004 11:47:51 AM 1 Views
I have heard it and can back this up!!! - 26/04/2004 11:53:19 AM 1 Views
Re: What words? - 26/04/2004 12:22:47 PM 1 Views
It is not Cajun... - 26/04/2004 12:59:44 PM 1 Views
It's not spoken by anyone. - 26/04/2004 02:40:54 PM 1 Views
That's because you live in the East... - 26/04/2004 06:03:41 PM 1 Views
Aboot?! - 26/04/2004 06:06:27 PM 1 Views
hehehe - 26/04/2004 06:58:22 PM 1 Views
Probably because the real southern people who audition... - 26/04/2004 07:00:53 PM 1 Views
Liar! I do not say aboot! - 26/04/2004 07:03:11 PM 1 Views
you do say it like that! - 26/04/2004 07:04:56 PM 1 Views
fine, fine - 26/04/2004 07:07:08 PM 1 Views
No, probably because... - 26/04/2004 07:26:47 PM 1 Views
I didn't mean it like that... - 26/04/2004 08:19:25 PM 1 Views
Yes and no... - 26/04/2004 08:25:49 PM 1 Views
Umm... - 26/04/2004 09:29:59 PM 1 Views
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lol, why is that still a surprise for people? - 26/04/2004 09:53:34 PM 1 Views
yes, you've got it - 26/04/2004 10:44:00 PM 1 Views
- 27/04/2004 04:39:59 AM 1 Views
yes, I know *points down to other post* *NM* - 27/04/2004 04:41:52 AM 1 Views
LMAO - 27/04/2004 09:45:36 AM 1 Views
*hugs* - 27/04/2004 07:11:59 PM 1 Views
Re: - 27/04/2004 07:14:59 PM 1 Views
*hugs back* - 27/04/2004 08:02:08 PM 1 Views
*blushes furiously* - 27/04/2004 08:05:09 PM 1 Views
Re: *hugs back* - 27/04/2004 10:24:58 PM 1 Views
*grins* - 27/04/2004 10:25:34 PM 1 Views
*NM* - 27/04/2004 11:33:13 PM 1 Views
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I don't have an obvious dialect. - 28/04/2004 04:31:59 PM 2 Views