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Do you have an accent while speaking English?

Asked by Plucky (10205 points ) June 1st, 2011

I am Canadian ..born and raised in Western Canada.

Everyone I talk to thinks I have an accent. I have a speech impediment – I have trouble with th, r and l in certain parts of words. My voice is very quiet and, usually, monotone. Sometimes, I add a vowel sound in the middle of a word, where it does not belong (like appointment ..I say appoint-ahh-ment).

Most people say I sound like a mixture of French, Irish and Canadian. Two completely different people actually said I sound Egyptian. My whole family, and everyone I grew up around, speaks “normal” Canadian English. I’ve had strangers ask me, “Where are you from?” ..then they look confused when I say Canada.

I know I don’t have a real distinct accent; however, I’d rather people think I have an accent than a speech impediment ..so maybe that’s a good thing, lol.

Just wondering if any of you have a distinct accent, whether you notice it or others tell you.

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nailpolishfanatic's avatar

I don’t have trouble with speech but I have an african accent.
Though when I am speaking icelandic and doing it very fast then I have problems pronouncing certain words.

Plucky's avatar

@nailpolishfanatic ..Now I’m wondering what icelandic sounds like, lol.

iamthemob's avatar

Doesn’t everyone?

Besides newscasters.

Plucky's avatar

@iamthemob Lol, yeah ..why don’t they have accents? They sound all “normal” and stuff.

And, yes, I know everyone has an accent to somebody else in the world. I guess I’m wondering how distinct it seems to the people around you. Maybe my question wasn’t worded well enough ..and I should have said “english” accent.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@PluckyDog dammit the link doesn’t work… anyway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK53DYpqnc0 it sounds like this :)

Plucky's avatar

@nailpolishfanatic Ahh, thank you. It sort of reminds me of german. I looked up icelandic english too ..lots of Bjork came up.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@PluckyDog lol yeah Bjork was VERY famous one time. Though I never listened to any of her songs…

rooeytoo's avatar

I have a very American or yankee accent in the middle of Australia. Some people, mostly younger say they love my accent others ask me if I am Canadian. To which I answer resoundingly HELL NO! :-)

Plucky's avatar

@rooeytoo Lol, thank goodness. We simply can not have the yankee accent associated with us :P

@nailpolishfanatic Yes, I’ve heard of Bjork before. I think she’s made a recent come back though.

augustlan's avatar

I sound like a newscaster, for the most part. I think it’s because I grew up in the Washington, DC area. Since I’ve lived in West Virginia for the last several years, my kids tell me I’ve picked up a bit of a southern twang.

tom_g's avatar

Recovering (mostly) from a Boston accent. Missing the “r” where it was supposed to be. Adding “r” where there is no “r”. When I went to college, I made a huge effort to shed the accent. It worked for the most part. However, when I am tired I have a difficult time finding the letter r. I also recall working in California years ago and finding that people would burst into laughter at some of the things I would say, like “wicked”.

ucme's avatar

Why aye man, corse a dee!
Yeah, I have a distinct north eastern accent. Although I feel obliged to point out i’m not a frickin geordie!!

meiosis's avatar

Everybody has an accent. Even newsreaders. I have a fairly neutral English accent, but the longer I live up north the more Yorkshire it gets. And there’s nowt wrong wi’ that lad.

@rooeytoo Whenever I meet someone with a North American accent I ask them if they’re Canadian, as if they are they’re usually thrilled I didn’t presume they’re from the US. (There’s also the bonus that if they are from the US, they’re ever so slightly miffed.) It works with New Zealand and Australia too…

@ucme Are you a mackem?

Plucky's avatar

@tom_g I also tend to drop words ..especially if I’m nervous (not an accent thing though). Like this: I am going to the store…becomes -> I go to store. It’s embarassing and I wish I could stop doing it ..lol.

ucme's avatar

@meiosis No, i’m born & bred somewhere between Newcastle & Sunderland. Makes for an interesting accent, kind of a mix between the two.

Plucky's avatar

@meiosis Do you mean you think North American accent is a Canadian one or that North Americans all sound the same? When we use the term, around here, North American means all of North America. I tend to notice a distinction between the two countries though ..the accents of Canada vs USA. Maybe it’s because I live over here though.

meiosis's avatar

@PluckyDog All North American (by which I mean the US and Canada) accents share certain characteristics which makes any Canadian or USAian instantly identified, to my ears at least, as North American. However, I can usually also tell the difference between Canadian and US accents, and between accents from the south, west and east of the US.

Plucky's avatar

@meiosis Ok, thank you. Just wanting to make sure I don’t misinterpret. :)

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Everyone has an accent. You cannot speak without an accent. I am born and bred Australian, so I speak with an Australian accent.

Bellatrix's avatar

My accent is apparently a blend of an English accent (touch of the North of England but not much) and a bit of Australian. Aussies say I sound like a pom, poms say I sound like an Aussie…

marinelife's avatar

A member of my family was once told. “Hey, y’ll talk just like the people on TV.” From oving around so much as a child, we do not have any identifiable accent.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Despite having lived in Texas all my life, I think I have a pretty neutral accent.

Symbeline's avatar

I constantly speak both French and English, so it’s like my ’‘accent’’ never seems to want to anchor itself into anything specific. A lot of people think I’m Italian when I speak English, but I’m French. I speak France French in a French Canadian province, and in French my accent is a lot more apparent and recognizable than my English one, but since nobody else has this accent unless they’re from France themselves, it sticks out.

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@iamthemob I don’t… because I speak like a newscaster. ;)

MilkyWay's avatar

I never knew I had a posh accent until I went to school at the age of 15.
( I was home schooled )

ragingloli's avatar

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filmfann's avatar

I grew up in the SF Bay Area, and have the same intonations as most network news anchors (Except Tom Brokaw). It is an accent to anyone from the Northeast, or the South.

Plucky's avatar

@bob_ Oh no ..I even checked to make sure it wasn’t asked recently. That did not come up when I searched. Sorry everyone…(blush) ..going to go apologize to Jude now.

chewhorse's avatar

Yes’ur.. Texan all the way, been there/done that all my life except the last three years… I now live in Utah but I just can’t seem to shake this southern drawl.. Oh well, at least I can understand me (thank the stars it doesn’t come out in my typing) ;-))

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