I come from Russia, but having lived in New Zealand for almost 10 years, I've lost a lot of my Russian accent. To a point, where people wouldn't mistake me for a foreigner lol.
I have a slight accent, but only the very slight. Unlike my mum and dad who still have a strong Russian accent and they get picked out straight away like black on white.
What about you, do you have an accent? Are you worried people can't understand what you're trying to say?
Accents are SEXY! Nobody needs to be ashamed of their accents. Everyone loves accents.
My father came to this country in college so he also has an accent. We just make the whole thing a joke and it's not a problem.
I also used to have a clear strange accent, but the remnants now are very tiny and few........ I'm blending in...
i have an accent from Manchester,very common, and very like the people on Coronation Street. People either love it or hate it..... It stands up well in an argument, as it is already a bit aggressive to start with.
My husband is from Liverpool now there is an accent.
I don't care for the most part, as long as I can get the message across. Autoresponders hate me, though
Sure my accent gets in the way.... And I'm sure if you are a JAFA then your accent will be easily identified
Unlike yours I have a Kiwi Accent
I don't have any accent, it is everybody else that has one...
Never worry about accents as long as I can understand what is being said. I guess I have an Australian accent, but not to another Australian.
Ah'm from Bahstin Mass. We don't have accents.
Though.. My family moved up from South Carolina just before I was born, so my older sisters still had accents as I learned to talk. Give me a few beers and a little drawl will come out. Even without beer, I'll say "y'all" now and then.
I was born and raised in the Boston area, and being a "verbal person", I think the whole language thing is particularly ingrained (no, embedded) in my brain. It's hopeless. I hate the Boston accent, but it's in every syllable I say. Last month I was talking to a guy from California and he said he was trying to figure out what country my accent was from!
When I knew I had to be the example for my little kids I cleaned up some of the most horrible parts of the Boston accent (and they don't have it the way I do). It's there, though. Fortunately, it isn't the same accent we hear when people are being interviewed on the news about crime incidents. It's "the other" one - slightly modified. I hate it. All my phones have the pre-recorded voicemail lady because of it.
Ha ha! My husband is from Mass (Brockton/Onset areas) and he moved to SC four years ago! Every so often, my name gains an R, or if he's really tired, everything else loses that R!
I grew up in NJ and hated having that Jersey accent. I have been gone from there for twelve years now and have a fairly respectable drawl but when I get tired or angry, the old Jersey kicks in thick! When my brother division at boot camp decided that I said dog cute (dawg), I decided that if I was going to put Jersey behind me, the accent was going to have to go! LOL I hate it but I've come to just accept it for what it is!
I have British accent, the problem is only understanding american accent.
I have an English accent when I speak German, and hate it when people comment on it, which they do all the time - especially complete strangers. It's the only thing that stops me from being a perfectly normal person here.
In English, I never had a regional accent. When I speak it nowadays, nodody can tell where I come from, but that's the result of not having lived in an English speaking country for more than 20 years.
I have strong accent, but they understand me, I am not ashamed then I also used the English language in dictionary so I am not used to slang yet, Different people have different level in understanding me here, some whites understand me more than the blacks here at Dallas. Moreso with the Latinos, they just ask again what I just said. I just used my smile many times. I am not worried about it, I would like for others to understand me more.
It's funny how many people, even in English-speaking countries don't think they have an accent, until someone points it out to them or asks where they're from. They usually think the other person is the one with the accent.
I'm from Canada, originally from Toronto, where you'll hear every language on the face of the earth. Some accents are very thick and impenetrable. But after a while you recognize the many characteristics in the accents and can figure out what they're trying to say. You do have to be patient and understanding though, or else you'll just get frustrated and give up or ask for a translation from someone else.
I'm sure it's just as frustrating to the person with the "accent", trying to be understood, and perhaps being embarrassed and awkward.
Very true - but it's not always convenient ...
what do you mean...it's not convenient...haven't read all the posts...
It's annoying when people keep asking you questions about it.
Some guests (when I'm working), tell me they've just had a guessing game about where I come from - am I Dutch, French or Polish? Am I American or British?
When they know the answer, I often get smiled at gormlessly, stared at as though I were a strange curiosity, then asked a million questions. It happens several times a day.
Yes, we know. We are just joking when we say we don't.
Most of my customers would recognize my voice within three words, just from the heavy Boston accent.
Our oldest daughter moved to Virginia 24 years ago and she now says we sound funny!
My former in-laws were from another state, and you'd think, based on their frequent comments, I came from Mars. You know there's an issue when you speak perfectly distinct English and someone in another state still says he was trying to figure out what country you're from.
It's the Gay Games in Cologne at the moment - a huge sporting event. The city is full of English speakers, so that should be easy for me - you'd think.
Part of my job involves serving tables on a ship (waiting). In spite of my speaking perfectly clear, fluent English, with no regional accent the whole time, the English speakers still insist on communicating by use of charades. In the end, I just have to tell them that I'd understand far better if they were to actually speak.
We all have an accent, if we go somewhere else! I love to hear an accent - a different way of how words sound, the sound of someone new to an area, or new to a language is like music to my ears!
Not much...Everyone understands "Texan" where I'm from...
I'm from the Boston area too.
My parents have horrible accents but I don't. I pronounce my Rs where they should be. LOL
I think it's from growing up singing. We had to annunciate in chorus and it made it's way in to my every day voice.
I used to feel bad when "ridiculed" by people over the "r thing". Then I realized, though, that if you listen to people from the UK they don't do that ridiculous over-sounding of their 'r's" either. A lot of the Boston area accent is either English/Irish based and some is more Italian based (that's not mine). So, I decided I"m not going to feel bad if it happens a lot of Boston people inherited an English that has strong roots in the original language, rather than being some mutated version of English that happened as a result of, say, Swedish people coming here and having different accents.
So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. (What I hate about my own, and a lot other Boston-area people's) accent is the "short-clipping" of so many syllables.
(If nothing else, this thread will let people with accents from other countries know that a lot of us with no non-English accent squirm about our own accents too. )
I ship my R's down South where they have a use for them.
Fall River the city I am from has its own unique accent. Unlike a Boston accent most people ask if I am from New York.
Its not just me all of us in Fall Riva have da same accent.
The problem is not with an accent, but how YOU feel about it. If it's okay with you and most people understand you - who cares. No one hears you on Hubpages anyway.
May be because I live in Toronto and everybody around speaks with some kind of an accent, I feel like that. May be, because I work among Russian community and everybody around(predominantly) speaks Russian. My wish is always to be able to write better, to express myself better in English language. I never feel it 100%, like I feel Russian, that is my native language, and that I can feel more subtly, more adequately. But I live in an English speaking country now and want to be part of it. I read a lot of English literature - Canadian, American, British, as much as I can handle time-wise.
Have you tried listening to books on cd in English? Talk Radio?
I know talk radio has helped me expand my vocabulary and pronunciation.
I started learning English by listening BBC radio in my old country when I was in High School. They had a program "Theatre of the Air" that broadcasted plays and that helped me a lot then. Unfortunately there is a limit to everything. English is NOT my native language and I don't have super skills.
I don't have an accent, but I'm from Texas. Whenever I visit Chicago to see my family, they always tell me my "accent" is interesting. lol.
I love hearing different accents!
of course everyone has an accent when they are away from home. Even here in the U.S. southerns accents are so much different than northern accents.
I live in Kentucky, and my uncle lives in New York. I sometimes have a hard time understanding him.
And even what they call things is different.
Such as where we live we have a living room, yet up where he lives they call it the front room.
They say out to the kitchen, we say in the kitchen.
It's just interesting, that this is primarily a english speaking country, yes accents and even slang is different depending on which part of the country you are in.
When I was living in the U.S. I was very self-conscious of my Australian accent. Most of the time I could be understood, but I do remember being in a cafe with my partner and my partner drew a picture on the paper tablecloth of two aliens sitting at a table, because the waiter just could not understand us. Another time we were in the supermarket and a woman came up to us and asked us what language we were speaking! So yes, then I did feel self conscious because I couldn't always be understood.
But there are a lot of different Australian accents. I grew up in country Victoria and when I moved to Melbourne to start university, I was suddenly very aware of how harsh my accent sounded, how 'ocker' it was, compared to the private school city kids. People can so easily be judged by their accents.
What accent? From what I can tell I talk like the majority of people on TV and in movies....You know, the people not from New York or Down South or another country. Yeah, guess I'd hafta say I'm mainstream American....
Hmm .. I was born and raised in Bangkok, but my dad's from Chicago so I think I have a midwestern accent. I've never had any problems with people understanding me (and most people here in Japan say my accent is easy to understand), so I guess my accent's kinda mainstream as well. I love accents, though, especially English and Scottish Big turn on!
I am from South Carolina. I did a 6 week internship at a large skilled nursing complex in Wisconsin and was ridiculed for my accent. One of the elderly German immigrants was particularly brutal to me. He equated ‘Southern accent’ with ‘stupid’. Granted this was over 20 years ago. He actually asked me if I knew Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker personally!
Most of the time, I'm able to suppress my Texas accent. It's there at some low level.
When I took voice lessons, my excellent teacher commented on my speaking voice when she heard me for the first time. She said, "I would never have guessed you are a Texan. You use your face like a Northerner. Northerners are very concerned about pronouncing everything correctly, and they chew on their words." She went on to say that she was from Pennsylvania.
Hee. I think one way to diminish a regional accent is to take voice, because you're going to have to work on "pure vowels." And perhaps sing in other languages like Italian.
Depends where I am. I'm a Canadian with a slight British accent and thrown in there is my Texan drawl. Alas, I haven't shaken off the y'all thingy yet....
i wish i had better speecch- HRH the queen is my role model my aspiration, which I do not reach! the way she enunciates each syllable is superb
our vicar is from somewhere in the deepest part of the south of the USA- if the service is flagging he will say "i've been in the UK for 25 years and you can hardly notice my accent" this usually results in us falling on the floor !
lol For some, yes. Especially when I speak French -- all my accents come out in full force and no one can understand me. lol
How are you Steven?
I live in Norfolk in England where the true, local accent is really awful. Actually I do come from Suffolk but the accent is pretty much the same. Thankfully I don't have that accent, and not many people I know have it as mostly they have all moved here from other places...or learned to speak properly!!
Weirdly, on several occasions I have been mistaken as somebody from Australia, a place I have never actually been. I really don't think I sound like an Australian, but it has probably happened to me at least ten times.
I was in that area once, on the coast - Aldeborough? Wrong spelling, but sounds something like that.
Well, I loved the accent. The people sound like true 'country folk'.
Did you? That's good to hear, most people laugh about it!! Mind you, Aldeburgh is a rather upmarket place, so you were probably listening to posh country folk! It costs a fair bit to live there compared with other parts of the county.
I'm sick...dragged myself into work for 6:30 this morning but think I'm going to stay in tomorrow. Glad you're well.
I'm from London mate. Naa, no problem mate, I think I say mate a lot in real life though. I don't really have an accent usually but when I go back to university after spending time with my London mates, I sound " a lot more cockney" apparently. Haha.
to answer the original forum post, no i don't have an accent that i know of. although i do have a tendency to say ya'all sometimes. however, that's about it.
As a scouser, yeah a bit. Outside of Liverpool it can be hit and miss what people make of me.
For any non-Brits, we're one of the regions in the UK that tends to get made fun of the most. Although to be honest, similar to any country I suppose, every region here has its own stereotypes/accent 'haters'.
I have a strong Southern accent, unique to this area. When I visit other parts of the U.S. , I do my best to drop it & speak more distinctly so others can understand me. What bothers me is when someone laughs at it. It's been a while, but I had somebody actually laugh at me in jest. It's part of my unique culture which will always be with me, but I also want to speak distinctly where people can understand me.
By yall'! From extreme NE Texas/ SW Arkansas.
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