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Can you describe your accent?

Asked by partyparty (9127 points ) February 23rd, 2010

We all ‘chat’ with each other on Fluther, but we don’t really know what we all sound like when we are speaking.

Could you describe your accent to me, so I can ‘visualise’ your dialect.

Perhaps you sound like a certain actor or actress, or a politician.

For the record my accent is like Anna Friel (if she were to use the accent she grew up with). I am just curious.

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Just_Justine's avatar

I am South African and we have a thing with vowels.So all our vowels drag on for what seems like ages!

So I might say: h OOw AAAAAre UUUUU tOOOOd AAAAy. loll or something like that. Plus they make twangy dragging sounds AAAAgh!

Jude's avatar

Here I am.

Canadian, but, I don’t sound nasally, nor do I sound like I’m from North Dakota, doncha’ know.

Video was for my girlie at the time.

Dog's avatar

I am from California thus I have no accent.;)

Judi's avatar

American newscaster bland.

noyesa's avatar

I’m the good kind of Midwestern, meaning I have a completely invisible newscaster-esque accent. This is opposed to the bad kinds of midwestern. WELKAHM TO MEENESOWDA!

Facade's avatar

I don’t have one.

tinyfaery's avatar

Non-regional dialect.

trickface's avatar

English hybrid of Yorkshire and Surrey, slightly uppity and over-confident which can intimidate the unfamiliar listener but also charm and befriend. God I hate my accent sometimes.

CMaz's avatar

American.

partyparty's avatar

@Just_Justine I have been saying the words you wrote. Very easy to understand, thanks
@Dog I am in the UK, so I don’t know what you mean by ‘no accent’ Can you describe it?
@noyesa That’s brilliant, thanks
@Facade But you MUST have some accent. Which country are you from?
@trickface Which accent don’t you like – the Yorkshire or Surrey accent?
@ChazMaz Can you liken yourself to any particular person?
@tinyfaery Do you sound like any actor or actress?
@ucme Do I detect a Liverpool accent there?

ucme's avatar

Northern lad,hence the accent. Ya na what a mean like.

Dog's avatar

@partyparty Pretty much like most USA produced television shows. (Arnold excluded)

Facade's avatar

@partyparty The US. And nope; no accent that I am aware of.

noyesa's avatar

@Facade That is an accent. You most likely speak what’s called the General American accent, which is a variant of the Midwestern accent. Many midwestern states have a vowel shift called the Northern Cities Shift which is what makes many of the states around the Great Lakes and the upper midwest distinct from the “midwestern” accent. However, the General American accent is spoken throughout the midwest (it’s my accent, which I acquired by correcting my inland/great lakes accent as a kid). States like Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, etc are believed to be the “source” of the accent. Make no mistake, it is an accent!

Unfortunately, because of my self-correct accent, I can’t stand most of the people who live near me. That vowel shift becomes really annoying once you become aware of it.

partyparty's avatar

@noyesa Thanks for explaining to @Facade what I was trying to say. Just trying to visualise what fellow flutherers sound like.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Nawthun Noo Englanduh, ayup! You caant get theyah from heeyah.

tinyfaery's avatar

Non-regional dialect is west coast speak. Yes, I sound like your average TV personality or nationwide news people.

noyesa's avatar

@partyparty It’s actually intersting to note that most people who speak variants of the General American accent don’t realize they have an accent. I live in Southern Michigan and most people here are completely unaware that they shift their vowels. Nobody here thinks they have an accent. Examples of the shift are things like saying “yer” instead of “your”, which is a bit different. The most extreme example is the Minnesotan accent. It’s interesting to note though, most people in the east coast are at least aware of their accent, as well as in the south.

My grandparents are from Maine and lived in Boston for a long time and have this weird mix of a Boston accent and a Maine accent (Midwest: “Car”, Maine: “Cah”, Boston: “Caw”) but they’re 100% aware of it. Most people in the midwest are not, since the kinds of accents you find around the Great Lakes are only mildly different from general American.

Jude's avatar

I love me a British accent. All varieties.

partyparty's avatar

@noyesa Because I am in the UK I really don’t understand what the General American accent is. That’s why I asked ‘do you sound like a particular actor/actress/politician’.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I was absolutely captivated by my ladys French Canadian soprano.

Facade's avatar

@noyesa If you say so.

fireinthepriory's avatar

My accent is like Philip Seymour Hoffman’s – we both grew up in Rochester, NY. A little bit of Northern Shift. (Some in Rochester have a lot more of it than me and PSH!)

Jude's avatar

@fireinthepriory Now, I’m curious.. <<goes to youtube, looking for a clip of Philip Seymour Hoffman>>

fireinthepriory's avatar

@jjmah I was going to link one but my adviser came up behind me and I decided it was in my best interest to quickly return to reading McEwan and Wingfield, 2003 instead. :)

Jude's avatar

@the100thmonkey moley, moley, mole.

morphail's avatar

@Facade Everyone has an accent.

wilma's avatar

I will go along with what @noyesa says. I am from Michigan, so I probably have whatever accent it is that she is talking about, a bit of the “yer instead of your”. I think we also have a “hard R” sound. Thanks @noyesa I like learning about “my accent”. Although to me I sound like all the newscasters that are supposed to have no regional accent, and have the General American accent. If I understood correctly.

fireinthepriory's avatar

I think the oldest pronunciation is supposed to be closest to modern scottish english, which means that scots are the only ones who can really say they have “no accent” as far as differentiating from the original pronunciations of most english words. :)

noyesa's avatar

@wilma I’m a he. =D

Sarcasm's avatar

Standard American. No defining accent like people from the South, or Texas, or New York, or the mid-west have.
Nice and bland.

wilma's avatar

Oops , @noyesa , so sorry!
Not sure why I assumed that, nothing you wrote indicated one way or the other.

Chongalicious's avatar

Nuyorican. Weird people say I sound like that all the time; but I’m not Puerto Rican or from New York! I’m an Italian from Connecticut; but don’t sound like one :(

Here is just a video of a random Nuyorican so you can hear what they sound like :)

Jude's avatar

Woah..

Alright, what the hell.. Canadian accent? Fail. We don’t sound like we’re from North Dakota.

wilma's avatar

Um, @jjmah some of you do. Maybe you don’t, but I travel to Toronto a couple of times a year, and that sounded more like Toronto to me than North Dakota. It may have been a bit exaggerated to your ear though.
The Seattle one was the only one that sounded like no accent to me, so I guess that is closest to how I sound.

Jude's avatar

Now, this is accurate.

(not dra-ma, we say drah-ma)

fireinthepriory's avatar

@jjmah Is it just me or does that accent woman’s Italian accent sound kinda Russian?

Jude's avatar

@wilma Hmm, I’ve been to Toronto a number of times, as well. I don’t hear it like that..

Jude's avatar

@fireinthepriory Haha! Yes, she does!! Svetlana Luisa Walker!

wilma's avatar

@jjmah the clip you posted was spot on. Those are the biggest differences that I hear when I’m in Canada. I also get teased by my Canadian friends for saying roof, I say rouff, not roof, or rewf.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Standard American (like a national newscaster), with a slight tinge of Upper Midwest, dere, for certain words.

This site is a lot of fun! It’s people from all over the world saying the same sentence in English. You can hear hundreds of different accents and contribute your own recording.

JLeslie's avatar

Everyone has an accent. I can’t tell you how many times when I was living in Michigan people told me that people from Michigan have no accent, but yet, they do, and so does everyone else on this Q who said they don’t.

My accent depends a little on who I am speaking with. If I am talking to a New Yorker, I sound more NY, if I am talking to a midwesterner I pick that up a little, and down n the souht a use y’all. Mostly I am a Ny accent though, it is more of my default accent I guess. Sometimes I can talk to someone for a quite a while and then I will say a give away word and they will notice the NY in there like coffee (cau-fee) or January (I don’t even know how to spell, it is more like an emphasis in the middle of the word. Think Joy Behar, but not as severe. One thing I don’t do that is NY, especially the Bronx is make my a’s r’s at the end of a word. My mom says sofer and idear instead of sofa and idea). Midwest give away words are words with ou, like out and about and tend to be a little more nasal, true in parts of Canada also. Which brings me back to Michigan where they also say creek like crik, and roof like ruff.

Don’t even get me started on the different words used around the country…actually I did a thread on that if you are interested. The responses were awesome.

phoebusg's avatar

Germano-British apparently.

augustlan's avatar

General American. Here I am, courtesy of @blondesjon’s Random Ass Radio show & @raredenver.

partyparty's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land That is such a good description. Now I will be able to ‘hear’ your accent when I am ‘chatting’ to you. Also your ladys French Canadian accent sounds fantastic. Thanks
@fireinthepriory I am in the UK, but I really cannot understand the accent of people from Glasgow. They have to speak really slowly so that I can tell what they are saying.

partyparty's avatar

@Dog My cousin is from California and she certainly does have an accent. Her accent is totally different from mine… I am from the UK. (I love the American accent by the way)

linguaphile's avatar

I have a really cool vocal accent used by only .01% of Americans… I have a strong, strong Deaf accent that isn’t nasal or gravelly, with a Deep South color to it and a tad of a high pitch. However, in ASL, I have acquired a midwestern accent which continues to use signs and inflections from the Scandinavian immigrants, but can switch to Deep South or Northeastern ASL in a heartbeat.

V_Scofield's avatar

It varies from one moment to the next and my friends never know which one I’ll use. One moment I’ll have a General American accent and the next I’ll somehow end up with Southern, British, Australian, German, or a mix of several without even noticing. I picked up the habit of calling soda “pop” from my parents and I picked up Southern, British, and Australian slang.

I was born and raised in Oklahoma and my parents were born and raised in Indiana and Long Beach, California (Dad’s parents were from Minnesota and Nebraska).

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