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Jude's avatar

Do you have an accent? If so, what sort of an accent?

Asked by Jude (31977 points ) May 19th, 2011

If you’re brave enough, record it and post it. :)

I have a slight, slight Canadian accent. Barely noticeable.

I would record something, but, I don’t know how. Help?

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Blackberry's avatar

I don’t know if ‘nerdy white guy’ is an accent, but apparently that’s what I sound like lol.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Nope.
Of course everyone from a different area would notice that I speak differently, but the truth is that I live in an area with what is considered to be a “neutral” accent. National newscasters are trained to speak the way that we speak in this area of the country. We pronounce words exactly as they are spelled.

flutherother's avatar

Scottish.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

We all have an accent. There was a question recently that offered a quick and easy recording site to upload the sound. I’ll look around and see if I can find it.

etignotasanimum's avatar

I don’t think I have an accent, accept for “American”. Some words from Southern American accents have seeped into my vocabulary, but I don’t say them with a southern accent at all.

Jude's avatar

I talked to Miss Anthrope last night. I heard a bit of a California accent (although, I find that people from Cali sound similar to Canadians).

janbb's avatar

Of course not – everyone else has accents.

JLeslie's avatar

When I am with my parents, I am very NY.

In the midwest I change my ou words a little, get a little more nasal.

In the south some word get a little southern, not much though.

I think I basically have a northeast accent though. That is my default accent, but I do sort of match the person I am talking to.

Jude's avatar

Okay, so, what do y’all sound like?

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf I have a neutral accent now, but once in a while, my “great lakes” area accent rears its ugly head.

I grew up in northern Indiana, and have lived in many states since, as well as in other countries. I have been living in the western states now for 29 years, so lost my great lakes accent mostly.

According to linguists, if “cot” and “caught” sound the same to you, you have one of those neutral newscaster accents from the western states. They don’t sound the same to me. I would say “kot” for cot and “kawt” for caught.

JLeslie's avatar

@etignotasanimum “American?” Are you originally from the midwest?

JLeslie's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt I’m with you on cot and caught. Northeasterners say Merry, Mary, and Marry all differently, other parts of the states don’t even know the words are spelled differently I think Lol.

etignotasanimum's avatar

@JLeslie No, I just meant that I have one of those neutral/newscaster accents that @ANef_is_Enuf mentioned. Sorry for the confusion! :)

Blackberry's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Hahah! You sound like Billy Bob Thornton. :)

JLeslie's avatar

@etignotasanimum Oh, because when I lived in MI so many of them said they had no accent, and it just made me laugh.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

A slight Russian accent.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I’ve been told that I do have a Southern accent (I’m a Texas gal), but that it’s not that thick. Apparently I don’t have as much of a twang as some people expect.

Vunessuh's avatar

Being from California, I guess I have a west coast accent. Not valleygirlish, though. My voice isn’t high-pitched, but it’s not deep either. I suppose somewhere in the middle. A little raspy at times. I’d record something, but I have a wicked cough and cold right now and don’t want to get ya’ll confused with a chain smoking Darth Vader.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@JLeslie Merry, Mary and marry all sound identical to me. I still have retained certain mideastern words for things that are very foreign to the west. I still call a paper bag a sack, the vacuum cleaner a sweeper, and I call all carbonated drinks pop. What is funny is that my kids also use these words, and they have never been back east.

syz's avatar

I grew up in Florida with a mother from NC and a father from Pennsylvania. I’ve now lived in NC for nearly 30 years, and a drawl occasionally creeps in (much to my dismay), but most people note that I have a neutral (or lack of) accent.

TexasDude's avatar

@Blackberry, lololol, never heard that one before, but I’m ok with it, I reckon.

Stinley's avatar

I’m another Scot – mine is not strong though.

I wonder if some people are more likely to get an accent? I worked with a woman who had quite a strong german accent and name. To my embarrassment when I asked her where she came from she told me London. She said her dad was german and she just never picked up a local accent

JLeslie's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt Oh, from the midwest, yes they typically pronounce Mary, Merry and Marry the same. Since New Yorkers drag out a’s they sound different, they sound more like how they are spelled.

@syz Do you say “might could?”

erichw1504's avatar

I guess I have an Upstate New York accent, if you can even call it that. Only a few people have noticed it.

Jude's avatar

Here I am reading off the same that thing that Fiddle did.

mazingerz88's avatar

My accent is Klingon.

nuqneH!

downtide's avatar

Ordinary middle English. The sort of accent that British newsreaders have. I’m told that I talk “posh”. Only one person in my life has ever been able to correctly identify the region I come from by my accent.

erichw1504's avatar

Man ir latvieŇ°u akcentu.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Here is what I sound like.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thanks to @WillWorkForChocolate for providing the site to the software for a free and easy voice recording that was used on a different thread.

Combine that with the ‘Please Call Stella’ script mentioned on this thread, and we might get more actual samples.

TexasDude's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate, whoa, your voice is kind of sexy.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Sure thing! I actually got it from another question a few weeks ago, in which someone asked all jellies to record their voices.

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Awww, thanks! I like yours too!

picante's avatar

Tecks-iz.But y’all would hardly notice.

morphail's avatar

EVERYONE has an accent. The only people who might speak without regional accents are ESL students. But they might adopt the accent of their teachers.

etignotasanimum's avatar

Okay, here is my voice. Sorry for the poor quality and the awkwardness of my speech, I couldn’t think of anything to say… :P

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@etignotasanimum Well done!

Here is a script that was provided by another Jelly on another thread:

Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.

jonsblond's avatar

Not sure what type of accent I have. I was told I had one when I moved from Las Vegas to central Illinois when I was 16. Not quite sure what a Las Vegas accent is. I did notice many people in Illinois will say fer instead of for. Not sure if that is a regional thing or just plain laziness.

I’d record myself but I have too many distractions at the moment.

linguaphile's avatar

@JLeslie I believe it’s “might’a could’a” and yep, my whole family uses that as well as fixin’ to and over yonder. Deep South, dem’s good people.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@jonsblond Someone from Vegas would definitely sound different to people from Illinois. I grew up in northern Indiana and now live in Utah. It is debatable whether it is you with the accent or them, but linguists say it is them. They have what is called an inland north vowel shift, and it is true that they are notorious for saying “fer” instead of “for.” I still do it – my poor kids do it, too, even though they were born and raised in Utah and Colorado. Guess that would be because I taught them to talk. They are really trying to stop doing that now, because they don’t want to sound uneducated.

DominicX's avatar

I’ve been told by non-Californians that I do have a bit of a “Californian accent”. Apparently I speak with some increasing fronting of the /u/ sound, so that I pronounce the word “food” more like “feud” without the palatalization. I suppose that fits the stereotype of California surfers saying “dyewd” for “dude” in exaggerated examples. I pronounce /s/ with a relatively high-frequency, though not the point of having a “gay lisp”, but there is a slight effeminate tinge to my voice that shows up in certain situations. I hardly notice it, but listening to recordings and the opinions of my friends, it’s there.

I definitely pronounce “marry” and “merry” the same, “caught” and “cot” the same, and of course I use “hella” quite frequently. :) That said, I don’t say “what the hal?”. “betch”, or “shetbag”. ;)

antimatter's avatar

Mine is a slight hint of Dutch, okay 50% Dutch.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Speaking of inland north vowel shifts, I work at a high school and get all kinds of flack for the way I say “sophomore.” It sounds for all the world like I am saying “southmore.” How do you say this tongue-tying word?

@DominicX How do you say pin and pen – same or different?

dxs's avatar

I have lived in providence and boston for most of my life, and I have neither accent (I think). I do have a mixed Rhode Island-Massachusetts jargon, though.

DominicX's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt

Differently. Apparently the pin-pen merger is most common in Bakersfield (due to settlers from the south) and it has spread a bit to the northern Central Valley; but it’s not common along the coast, where I live.

deni's avatar

I have a bit of a Pittsburgh accent. It isn’t very noticeable, in fact I don’t know what makes it noticeable at ALL, as I think I sound the same as most people….but every once in a while at a restaurant or when meeting someone new, they’ll ask if I’m from Pittsburgh. And I’m like HOW COULD YOU KNOW THAT. And they say it’s the accent. But I definitely don’t talk like most burghers with the whole “Hey yinz gan dantan teet?” (translation: Hey, are you guys going downtown to eat?) But I am a “jagoff” enthusiast.

Facade's avatar

I don’t think I have an accent, but I do say “y’all” a lot. My voice is in that other thread…

JLeslie's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt Some people around Memphis say pin and pen the same. I had never heard that anywhere else.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

African accent mixed with icelandic accent which is horrible!

bkcunningham's avatar

I have an accent as sweet as southern tea with a bit of mountain hillybilly thrown in for flavor.

tinyfaery's avatar

Non-regional accent. But, if I get around a lot of Latinos my barrio accent will emerge.

@Jude, you have a bit more than a little accent.

aprilsimnel's avatar

General Standard American, tinged with Upper Midwest/M’waukee.

TexasDude's avatar

@Jude has one of the most soothing voices I have ever heard. She could seriously read audiobooks for a living. Or be a hypnotist.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@JLeslie I have never heard pin and pen pronounced the same, either, but then I have the inland north vowel shift, so thought maybe everyone else had it. Interesting – I will have to read up on where that particular merge is prevalent. I can’t imagine anyone saying “cot” and “caught” the same, but I guess many people do. I can’t imagine saying I “cot” a cold, or that I am going to sleep on a “caught.” ???

JLeslie's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt I think the man I know who used to say it might have been from MS near Memphis? Cannot remember for sure. So many different pronounciations around the country. We have had great Q’s on the matter. Roof pronounced ruf is odd to me, Italian said as eye-talian. In NY we say barrette bir-ette or maybe bur-ette, while in MI they say ir as spelled, bar-rette. So very many.

Leanne1986's avatar

I have a soft west country (England) accent.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I consider myself to be lacking in accent. That is, I’m from Cali and we aren’t known for any particular accent. We tend to pronounce things the way they’re spelled and whatnot.. I guess a fairly neutral accent.

As for me personally, I’m a naturally gifted mimic and while I never fully adopted any of the accents I was around over the past 10 years, if you listen to me long enough, you can pick up the southern, Midwestern, and European tinges to my speech. Kinda cool. :)

stardust's avatar

I’ve a fairly neutral Irish accent.

MilkyWay's avatar

@downtide Same here. I talk in a “posh” accent according to my friends, though I have no idea why.
I’m not feeing very brave

everephebe's avatar

I have an Illinois accent.~

MilkyWay's avatar

@everephebe you really like teasing people, don’t you? ;)

MilkyWay's avatar

Does this work?
:/

KateTheGreat's avatar

A pretty gnarly Russian accent.

everephebe's avatar

@KatetheGreat post http://vocaroo.com/ or it never happened. :D

jonsblond's avatar

Here is my voice with my husband during one of his podcasts.

The beginning is pre-show and I’m terribly shy. He literally had to twist my arm to do the show with him. A bit NSFW It gets better as I drink more beer.

TexasDude's avatar

…Everyone on Fluther has a sexy voice.

deni's avatar

@queenie awww!

Ew I just recorded one but I sound like a man so I’ll pass.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@queenie Oh, I just LOVE your voice!

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I am not getting your voice recordings. When I click on the link, it takes me to the web site. I created an account and it still just goes to the site and asks me if I want to create a recording. What am I doing wrong?

stardust's avatar

@queenie My proposal is going in now. Your voice is swoonsome. I could listen to you talk all day long.

bob_'s avatar

Yes.

<—Mexican (as in born, raised and living in Mexico)

janbb's avatar

@bob_ Should I go make you a burrito?

bob_'s avatar

@janbb And then give me a foot massage. Necessarily in that order.

janbb's avatar

Sounds like a hot date to me!

bob_'s avatar

But foot massages don’t mean anything! Or do they?

janbb's avatar

uh-oh

Jude's avatar

Thank-ya, Fiddle!

Jude's avatar

@tinyfaery I can hear a bit of a barrio accent.

everephebe's avatar

My->Please call Stella.
Where do I sound like I am from?

aprilsimnel's avatar

The Speech Accent Archive, where the paragraph comes from.

What I sound like.

etignotasanimum's avatar

@everephebe I feel like you should read audiobooks or something, you have a nice voice. But I have no idea where you’re from. I think I fall under the stereotype that Americans get a lot of different accents confused. Okay, I know I’ve already posted my voice but here it is again using the Please call Stella bit. I feel like I come across as having a valley girl accent now (which I don’t normally have), so sorry if it’s a bit grating.

Jude's avatar

Well, right there, @everephebe is sounding like Ringo Star.

6rant6's avatar

@everephebe I think I can hear cicadas in the magnolia trees…

Jude's avatar

I guess that you could call me the female Bob Ross with shinier hair.

Stinley's avatar

I did one too. That was fun

@Skaggfacemutt try logging out of your account

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I think everyone should re-record their voices, and recite the Stella script in an “English” accent. =0)

aprilsimnel's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate – I tried it. Just for reference, I was born in Buffalo, NY, raised in Milwaukee, WI and currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I simply did it and haven’t listened to it. I’m sure it’s awful, but here it is.

Jude's avatar

@aprilsimnel It’s Julie Andrews!

MilkyWay's avatar

@aprilsimnel You sound more posh than me!

Blueroses's avatar

I was born and raised in the Western US and some people around here have a distinctive western twang and slowness of speech but I always lived in college towns so I think my accent was neutralized. Please call Stella

Jude's avatar

^^Ooooo lol

KateTheGreat's avatar

@queenie and @everephebe Okay, I give in. But don’t you dare make fun of my voice. I surprising sound a little Americanized!

MilkyWay's avatar

@KatetheGreat Woop woop! You don’t sound manly silly!

Jude's avatar

@KatetheGreat Yes, you sound like Simone.

Blueroses's avatar

katie-baby! You have a lovely accent. The Russian really does it for me. Say “train station” again. :)

MilkyWay's avatar

@KatetheGreat sounds great, no?

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Jude Simone has the same accent? Gorgeous!

@Blueroses Thanks!

TexasDude's avatar

@KatetheGreat, hothothothothothothothothot.

deni's avatar

@queenie oooooh god keep talking please. music to my ears!! lol

TexasDude's avatar

Aw, I missed Queenie’s the first go around… I love it!

tranquilsea's avatar

I’ll record mine when my house is a bit quieter.

everephebe's avatar

Don’t you mean when your house is more… tranquil? :p

jca's avatar

Bronx.

Jude's avatar

@MissAnthrope There, I hear no accent.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Jude – Yeah, it’s pretty neutral. West coast base, with the addition of having done theater for years, so I’m good with the elocution. :)

It’s when you get me talking for a while, maybe I’m a bit tired or inebriated, and then people start to notice bits of various accents. I’ve had friends call me out for both midwestern and southern pronunciations of things.

Jude's avatar

You sounded awfully cute over the phone, though.:)

MissAnthrope's avatar

Welllllllll, shucks. Thanks. :]

P.S. I just listened to my recording again.. ‘snack’ sounds iffy, kinda like ‘snyack’? Maybe it’s just me.

tranquilsea's avatar

Here’s my Canadian accent as things here this morning are tranquil

MilkyWay's avatar

@MissAnthrope and @tranquilsea I love your voices!
@deni Really? lol! @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard :D No match for yours though.

MilkyWay's avatar

@everephebe lmfao! Love his face at 30 seconds :D

Leanne1986's avatar

@queenie I’ve just listened to your voice. You’re really well spoken. What county are you from? Your voice makes my Somerset twang sound really country bumpkin!!!

MilkyWay's avatar

@Leanne1986 I’m originally from the West Midlands, Coventry. It’s not very normal for people to speak like I do, most of my friends tease me about having a “posh” accent. I think it comes from reading too many novels… Thanks :)

Leanne1986's avatar

@queenie That’s definitely not a typically midlands voice you have there (my grandparents are from Bromsgrove!). I wish I spoke that well!

MilkyWay's avatar

@Leanne1986 any chance of listening to yours ? :)

Leanne1986's avatar

@queenie I tried to record it but it didn’t work. I’ll give it another go…

MilkyWay's avatar

@bob_ SQUEAK!!
You accent is hot and your voice incredibly sweet :D

KateTheGreat's avatar

@bob_ I’m surprised that the recording didn’t say “make me a sandwich”!

MilkyWay's avatar

^ chuckle

Blueroses's avatar

@bob_ !!! See, your sandwich does bring all the girls to the yard.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@bob_ DAMN. I’ll make you any kind of sandwich you want. Seeeeeeexy!!!

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