Do you have an accent?

@laurika (4536)
United States
November 19, 2007 6:09am CST
I do have one and I think I would have for rest of my life. I was on the party this weekend and when one lady find out I was from Europe she started asking me all kinds of questions, just to hear me talk, because she said she loves my accent. So I was thinking if you have one, what people think about it and if you can hear the different accents? Actually I can hear it very good and it is not hard for me to know, who is from german, england, india,...
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@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Unless Ohio people have an accent, I don't have one. Twenty five years ago I lived in Texas and I came home with an accent. I do not have it any more. I love to listen to a southern drawl accent. It just gives me the shivers. LOL
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I have a kiwi accent as I was born and raised in New Zealand. People here in the USA immediately think I am from England and or Australia LOL never NZ. Then they go onto telling me that "oh I have been to NZ yada yada yada" which I don't mind listening to them go on about the place. I just get homesick when they do LOL
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 07
Hi Laurika. Everybody has an accent as it is a particular way of pronouncing a language, associated with a country, area or social class. Yes of course I do have one, people will straight away label me as Malaysian. And as well I can guess other's accent too, nice thing if we can communicate to each other in one community with assorted accents. HAPPY DAPPY.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Hi goodsign, you see an i always though the people liek teachers don't have accent. At least in my language if someone is teaching slovak, the person cannot have a accent.
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 07
oh...I see..thanks for that info.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
26 Nov 07
I am not sure, if I am right, but I always had a theory like this.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I do have an accent, Chilean accent, and my friends here, called also a latino... I am not really sure about what exactly that means, but some people told me that they love my accent... But, also having an accent some times it is not good, because for some people is hard to understand me... because of my accent... anyway nothing to do, just live with it!
@laurika (4536)
• United States
26 Nov 07
Yeah i have experience with that too, when people say they don't understand.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Nov 07
Usually they have problem with my accent the first time we talk, but after they get used to it, there is not problem...
@AmbiePam (50159)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Well, I've been all over the United States and everyone asks me from where I'm from because I don't have a detectable accent. Sometimes I'm sure I can use words that are distinct for a certain area of the US, but I don't think anyone could tell where I was from by listening to my voice. I met a woman at bookstore once, and she checked out my purchases. I loved her accent. She was from England, but I have heard English accents before. Hers had a great lilt to it. I really enjoy hearing someone British, Scottish, Irish, or Australian speak. It's fun to me. I could listen to some of them all day.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
26 Nov 07
At least someone is here who is telling me she doesn't have a accent. Thank you Ambie, because everyone is saying here that every person has a aceent, what I don't believe.
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@AmbiePam (50159)
• United States
26 Nov 07
I don't have one in America, but when I went to Australia they did peg me for an American. But of course, then we're talking about different countries and continents, which is different than just state to state. : )
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
20 Nov 07
That is a funnier question than the one confusing soap with soup, my friend. If I went to Germany and tried to speak Deutsch or to France and tried to speak Francais or to Spain and tried to speak Espanol, I would have such a funny accent the locals would probably break their sides from laughing. But here in the US what I have is called a dialect and it changes a bit regionally, so that is a bit the same.. Once I was accused of having a schoolteacher accent. Truly! I went into a place to drop off some laundry and the proprietor said, "Schoolteacher, eth?" and I was amazed, being altogether new to the neighborhood. "You sound like one!" he sniffed.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
26 Nov 07
I don't unerstand what is funny on this question?
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
26 Nov 07
As the first person who replied above said and others agreed, EVERYONE has an accent, but I think you meant the question to be whether people here have accents from their first language when they speak a second (or third, or fourth?) language. I am not laughing AT you, Laurika. When you say you can tell if a person is from Germany or England, do you mean when they speak the language they were born to or the one you were born to or English? If you travel from New York to Los Angeles and stop at various places along the way, you will hear that the local people sound very different as you travel even in the US.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Down here in Texas, they think I sound like a Yankee. Back east they think I sound like a Texan... go figure.... The lady who runs the cat rescue group is French.
• United States
20 Nov 07
I'm from Texas too and was in Speech class in the first of my school years. I think I left that class when I was like in 3rd or 4th grade? The teacher said that there was nothing wrong with the way I talk and that I sounded British. When I talk I can hear myself and it sounds like it's a mix of British, German and Irish. I have NO idea how THAT is possible, because I am the only one in my family who sounds like that lmao! I wonder if genealogy has something to do with it? I found out sometime last year that my family comes from all three of those countries mentioned above. Maybe it's a gene I inherited? I know I can speak German fluently, even though I have no idea what I am saying (if I'm reading from a piece of paper or something). I know how German sounds, I just don't know the English translation in other words.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
26 Nov 07
that is interesting, you can speak gemrna fluently, but you don't know what you are saying.
@valmiki9 (1171)
• India
19 Nov 07
every individual has an accent of his own. It is unmistakable.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
19 Nov 07
how?maybe every indivual has his or her tone.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I though the really good teahcers doesn't have a accents.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
19 Nov 07
Everyone in the world has an accent, depending on who they are talking to. My accent is foreign to anyone who does not speak my language.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
26 Nov 07
I though teacher doesn't have one. At least it is like that in coutry I am from.
• United States
19 Nov 07
That is really funny..since..everyone has an accent.. In your own country or city you may not .but if you go somewhere else ..yes you do..so yes when I am not in my home state.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
26 Nov 07
I though teachers should not have one.
@derek_a (10902)
19 Nov 07
I am from South Wales in the UK and I do have a Welsh accent. I know some people who seem to have got rid of their regional accents by practising speaking differently, but this is something that I have never tried.. I am what I am.. :-)
@laurika (4536)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I love people from Uk talking. It is so different compare to american english.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
23 Nov 07
Everyone has an accent. It depends who is listening to hear it. I have had people say I have a Canadian accent by a person who is German. I think you hear a person's accent when you talk to someone from a nationality your not used to hearing or is different than your nationality.
@quentina (109)
• China
21 Nov 07
I am from china.may be I have oriental accent which is mild,sweet..but i like the voices from world anywhere.they all are special,fair-sounding.
@isaiah12 (418)
• United States
20 Nov 07
If you asked this question when I was in my teens I would have said no. But now I would have to say yes, a Boston accent. I grew up in Whitman, Massachusetts. After I earned an Associate in Science degree in college I moved down in Norfolk, Virginia. When I first moved down there I had a hard time understanding people with their southern accents. But people would make fun of my "accent". They would ask me to say "park the car" over and over. Everybody has an accent. It is something they pick up from where they grow up.
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
20 Nov 07
I really want to adapt some accents but the thing is i dont know if it looks better for me using it..
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
20 Nov 07
I guess everyone has an accent to someone, and I guess no-one thinks they have one until someone from another country tells you about it. I t is strange I can't tell the difference between American and Canadian accents, I think they are so similar...
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
20 Nov 07
I do still have an accent. It's not very noticeable except when I'm upset or excited about something. I do like my accent and here in toronto people don't really pay much attention to something like that. However I've been in some places where having an accent makes people look at you funny :)
@Raymo23 (465)
• Uganda
20 Nov 07
I come from Uganda and I think we have the flattest accents. Anyone can hear me speak because we pronounce our words clearly and distinctively. But not all Ugandans are like that-its only those from central Uganda, where I am from who are like that.
@hhhxxccc (222)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I have a West American accent, if that counts? lol ;)
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
19 Nov 07
well from being born in the u.s. i guess to other people i do have some sort of accent,some people tell me i talk like a new yorker.i think all people have a little accent of their own.pattie