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Do you really find this Geordie accent hard to understand?

Asked by harple (10441points) May 26th, 2011

UK singer and x factor judge Cheryl Cole has apparently been axed from the US x factor because of fears that her strong accent won’t be understood.

She appears early on in this clip http://youtu.be/tXDW_-8MMeY (so you don’t need to watch too much if you don’t want!).

I’m not hugely bothered about the programme, or after opinions on the show itself, just wondering how hard you find her accent?

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ucme's avatar

Haddaway & shite bonnie lass! She tarks exactly like ar dee man. Howay, give the canny bairn a chance ;¬}

etignotasanimum's avatar

I understood her for the most part, except for a few words here and there. I think it wouldn’t be too difficult for people to understand her, but maybe that’s just me.

marinelife's avatar

I think she was very attractive, and I could understand her accent.

ucme's avatar

Yeah I understand her perfectly, I have more or less the same accent see.
(Hopefully that clarifies my last post) ;¬}

FutureMemory's avatar

I could understand her, but at the same time, I found her voice unpleasant.

The tattoo on the side of her hand is ugly as shit, too.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I’m not a huge Cheryl Cole fan but I love the Geordie accent.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

The challenge is that most Americans are not used to the accents from other countries, much less our own in some cases. For example, when I moved from southern Virginia to Minnesota, it was a challenge to answer the hotel’s incoming calls because many couldn’t understand what I was saying. A few years ago, I used to run workshops where the participants were from all over the US, as well as a few other countries. There were often requests from both the facilitators and the participants to ask the speaker to repeat what was said.

When this American bird goes to visit her British bloke, I usually can understand what people are saying, but I have to concentrate really hard. I’m often mentally exhausted by the end of the day. It’s the same when watching a movie with actors who have a different accent. I find myself turning up the volume.

In her defense, if this is the sole reason for being cut, it doesn’t seem right. People are capable of toning down an accent, especially with training or exposure. It isn’t like Ms. Cole is the only one talking on The X Factor, and if she understands that this is a concern and is the only reason she is not the best candidate, then give the lass a chance.

Here is a news video with a couple of other reasons why she might not be a judge on the American version. Note that it hearsay.

flutherother's avatar

I like her accent and have no problem understanding it. It is the X-Factor I don’t like.

answerjill's avatar

I understood her just fine. (American here.)

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