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What is an audio example of the regional accent where you are from?

Asked by Pied_Pfeffer (22469 points ) June 20th, 2011

@Hypocrisy_Central’s question asked which language sounds the sexiest when spoken, and it also included accents.

The responses got me wondering if we are not really familiar with the different accents that exist within a country. England and the US are prime examples.

Would you mind tracking down a sample of a typical accent from the area where you live and post it, along with the details? It might help provide a bit of a global education. If you have lived in multiple places, feel free to post more than one example.

Here is an example of a typical Memphis, Tennessee, USA accent.

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bkcunningham's avatar

If you click on “Listen to Lee Smith” when you open the webpage; you will have an idea of how I sound when I talk.

http://www.leesmith.com/works/oral.php

MilkyWay's avatar

Here you go
I’m moving back to my old city Coventry soon :)
Check this guy out too.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@bkcunningham Thanks for the example. Are you from the Appalachian area? That is where Lee Smith is from, but the recorded accent doesn’t sound much like what I would presume to be common in that area.
@queenie The example posted sounded lovely. Was it you?

MilkyWay's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Lol! Nope. She sounds way too young.

TexasDude's avatar

Here ya go.

I’m from east Tennessee.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Watch Friends, and there you go. I’m from Colorado, but something about shifting all tv dialogue to fit a Midwestern accent perhaps starting in the 1980s or 90s, and CO’s not actually Midwestern, but at least in urban CO we all sound like it…

YoBob's avatar

Here is an excellent link containing some Texas dialect.

The “Texas One” and “Texas Two” clips are both very typical of my area (and, in fact were each recorded from people raised within 30 miles from my place of residence.

Ironically, as for me, I was born and raised in a small town in Texas, the offspring of multiple generations of Texans on both sides. Alas, my accent sounds more like a surf bum from California more than it does my fellow rednecks. I blame all of those voice lessons back in the days when i was training for rock stardom.

Jude's avatar

Here is a dude talking, though. He is from London, Ontario (Canada). It is an hour away from me.

Jude's avatar

Alright, he sounds nothing like me. lol

Let me find something else.

MilkyWay's avatar

@Jude You sound so cool!

Jude's avatar

Thanks, girl. :)

Jude's avatar

A drunk obnoxious SW, Ontarian behind the camera.

creative1's avatar

Just listen to one of JFK’s speachs for Boston’s accent but here you go

Kardamom's avatar

My voice sounds like Meg Ryan (which sounds like no accent at all to me)

Males in my area talk like Brad Pitt (also no detectable accent to my ears)

Kardamom's avatar

@Jude Wow! I looooooove your voice. You sound similar to a Scottish born actress named Ashley Jensen who used to be on the TV shows “Ugly Betty” and “Accidentally on Purpose”

Jude's avatar

I had to look her up. :) Thanks!

Jude's avatar

@Kardamom My g/f said that I sound like Dana Delaney and Jennifer Beals. I listened to their voices and they both made me sleepy (relaxing). I told her that and her response: “Yours is relaxing too, but it doesn’t make me want to fall asleep…...” haha!

meiosis's avatar

The Arctic Monkeys are from round my way, people here speak like they do.

fundevogel's avatar

This question reminds me of this one where a bunch of jellies posted recordings or their voices using the text provided by The Speech Accent Archive. It’s pretty cool.

bkcunningham's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer, Lee Smith is a friend of mine. She grew up the next county over from where I grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the coalfields. She’s a little older than me. I met her when I was an adult. I love her and her husband Hal Crowther as people and writers. I sound pretty much like she sounds without so much of the twang. People from that area of Virginia have that accent with a lot of twang.

RareDenver's avatar

Typical Yorkshire Accents and a very cute girl to boot

TexasDude's avatar

@RareDenver that’s precious.

RareDenver's avatar

I hate to say it but even though this is a comedy character, he is from Leeds and so many people from Leeds do sound like this I’m from York, I just live in Leeds

DeanV's avatar

Audio? Just take everyone else’s audio and add “dude” and “bro” to every other word.

And make sure you sound really, really bored.

Kardamom's avatar

@Jude, that is funny that your GF thinks you sound like Dana Delaney and Jennifer Beals. To me, both of those ladies sound very American and accent-less to me, where you sound like a delicious blend of Scottish and something else wonderful from the Dales of England.

Ain’t Dana Delaney a hottie though? I love her new show Body of Evidence. Kind of like a cross between NCIS and Monk.

Jude's avatar

@Kardamom Are you confusing me with @queenie?

Kardamom's avatar

@Jude, No I don’t think so. I listened to the voice you posted above, where you said you had a cold. Your accent isn’t as pronounced as someone’s from either Scotland or England, but I can hear lovely traces of it. My Califonia accent just sounds so boring in contrast. : )

Jude's avatar

I’m a Canuck. :)

Kardamom's avatar

@Jude do you say oot and aboot?

Jude's avatar

@Kardamom I really don’t. :) I have a bit of an accent, but, it’s not thick (Thank, Heysus!).

faye's avatar

@Jude I don’t think you have an accent- you sound like me- Alberta. Who does say oot and aboot? The hispanic boy for the worldwide accent does not sound Canadian/Albertan to me. But Canadian is also the Maritimes where there is an accent to my ears. I don’t hear much of a difference between our western provinces and the northwest in the States either. I love United Kingdom accents and Australia/New Zealand.

aprilsimnel's avatar

More or less like this.

Kardamom's avatar

@faye I watch one of those house hunting shows called “Property Virgins” which is set in Canada (not sure what part, though) but all of the househunters say “oot” and “aboot.” Otherwise, everything else they say, sounds just like me out here in California, but they don’t seem to have that lovely subtle Scottish sound that Jude has.

Jude's avatar

@Kardamom You’re sweet. :)

@faye Oh, yeah, the Maritimes provinces, you can definitely hear it. Especially, those in Newfoundland, haha. ;)

faye's avatar

@Kardamom I’m going to watch that show for sure and see what city they’re in.

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