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The Sweet Cadence of the Brit, Aussie & Kiwi Accent [Celebrity Edition]
I've always been fascinated with accents and with languages. No two people have the same accent. Two accents may be similar, but never identical. Everyone's speech is unique. That's what has always amazed me. Impersonation used to be a hobby of mine. It still is but not as much as when I was younger. I can imitate many accents but I've chosen only three of my favourites to display in this Hub.
Enjoy and be sure to comment. I look forward to your thoughts at the end. Thanks!
The British Accent...
I just have to start with this ace accent since I randomly adjust my speech to suit several times during the week. It's the accent imitate the best and with ease.
I am aware that "British Accent" is too broad a label. There's all types of "British accents." Usually, any accent belonging to the UK is labelled as a British accent. So, generally speaking, the "British accent" sounds wonderful... to me. For the sake of this Hub, I'm going to only talk about Standard British.
The Standard British accent is music to my ears. Every T is crossed, every I dotted. Intonation and pitch is not flat and boring but interesting--each word has its own story to tell. I like the British dialect, mainly because I know the British dialect--the slang. Growing up in Trinidad--a former British colony--I'm very familiar to the British dialect.
Also, I just have to say, there's so many British intensifiers to substitute profane words (curses). Sure in America there's dang, shoot, darned it, doggone it, freak, etc... But instead of exclaiming drat, I may bloody well use blasted or bugger instead.
I've admired Julie Andrews ever since I saw The Sound of Music . I basked in every word she said. She could say "boo" and it'll sound extravagant. Julie Andrew's elegant speech has taken her from the stage, to the wide screen and now, more frequently to animation. I know Julie Andrew's voice anywhere, even if she's playing the Queen in Shrek.
... Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin
The Australian Accent...
G'day, mate! So I get to talk about the accent from Down Under, eh? The ripper Aussie accent. Cockney English can sound similar to the Australian accent at times but they have their differences. I love the Australian accent. It's so exciting and its elongated vowels make it so dramatic, theatrical if you will.
I especially love the Aussie exclamations. One everyone would know was made especially famous by Steve Irwin.
"Crikey, mate! You're far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building."
-Steve Irwin (May he rest in peace).
My television was permanently set on the animal channel from the time I was 8 up until I was about 12 years old. Steve Irwin was my best friend! Not literally of course. When ever Crocodile Hunter popped up on the telly, I was ridiculously excited. Okay, so it was a little sad how much I loved listening to Croc Hunter more than watching the show. Sure the show was a bonzer show but Steve Irwin's accent was the highlight of my afternoon!
... Lucy Lawless
New Zealand Accent...
I can't get enough of the Kiwi accent! At first I didn't know the difference between the Aussie and the New Zealand accent but now it's clear to me. So I know I probably just dug my own grave by practically saying that the Aussie and the Kiwi accent is identical because the two dialects seem to have a little sibling rivalry going on. A battle of the accents. But I love both accents, so don't worry. It's not a comparison on which is better.
They say an Aussie likes feesh and cheeps ,
while a Kiwi likes fush and chups .
I delight in the As that sound like Es, such as in the word thet instead of that. I love that things are streesful as opposed to stressful or that strees can cause peemples, but not pimples. The Kiwi accent is just fun. Here's the sad part... I can't seem to master the Kiwi accent. I can sound like an Aussie but not like a Kiwi, which proves that the accents are totally different.
On Xena: Warrior Princess, Lucy Lawless' most popular show, Lucy had an American accent. Every now and then a word like dayth (death) would slip out. Realizing this, I decided to do some research on this brilliant actress and discovered that she's a native of New Zealand.
I've watched countless interviews, absorbing every flamboyant vowel and listening to the exciting intonation of Lucy Lawless' speech. I've heard other Kiwi actors speak but I guess since Lucy Lawless was the first Kiwi accent I deciphered, I have some bias favouritism.