Do you have an accent?

@megumiart (3781)
United States
June 14, 2008 12:41pm CST
Since mylot is all in typed posts, we never get to hear everyone's real voices. Do you have an "accent" or manner of speaking? like a New York accent, or Brittish accent, or southern accent? I hope I don't sound rude or anything asking this. xD I love heaing people talk with different accents. :] I'd say mine is a typical American Accent, or Californian accent. xD
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@taface412 (3176)
• United States
14 Jun 08
this is funny....because I do have an accent....and it is a mixture of Illinois and Kentucky (northern and southern) which really sounds like southern IL... When i am in IL people say I sound like i am from the south, that is where I was predominently raised. But when I am in KY people say I have a Northern accent, where I was born and my family is originally from....so I kept it by being aorund them at home. But I have found I can pick up accents quite well....if I am tlaking with someone who has a distinct sound I can imitate it within minutes, sometimes not even realizing I am doing this. I should have been an actress. LOL But I love Irish and english accents....OMG cannot tell you how much.
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@CEVCEV (544)
15 Jun 08
If you are good at mimmicking accents then maybe you should be an impressionist. Get a routine an go on America's Got Talent. Now I do have an accent which is quite strong.
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@taface412 (3176)
• United States
15 Jun 08
No, my dream would be to try stand-up...although I would be afraid I would freeze on stage...I love last comic standing....hehe Strong accents are great. Unless it's from Lousiana...I always had a hard time with that one...I never know what I am agreeing to...LOL no offense to any Louisiana people, I swear. I love cajun cooking.
15 Jun 08
I dunno how y'all feel about preachers, but there's this guy named Jesse DuPlantis, he's from Louisiana...funny as heck with a Christian twist and a Southern twang !!
• Canada
14 Jun 08
I'm a Canadian from Ontario. I don't think I have an accent and my American husband doesn't have an accent either but he swears I have one. LOL I have a friend here in Guelph who has a parent from the MIddle East, and a parent from Quebec. He was born in Canada, but he's got the NICEST HINT of an accen, which I know comes from his upbringing/
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I have been told that I have a southern accent,even though sometimes I do not believe it,even though I know if I get angry or nervous,I start to talk in my souther accent,I was born and raised in the south,and I would not have it any other way.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Yes, and when he gets nervous, trust me... I couldn't even understand him. It was adorable though.
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• United States
15 Jun 08
Yeah I know when I am nervous it is hard to understand anything I say,and no it is not adorable lol,but I love you anyway baby.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
14 Jun 08
Well I'm from Ohio and I guess I have some sort of accent. I didn't know this until I moved out West and my friends that would make fun of me because the people here pronounce "wader" instead water. But out West (well at least where I was at which was Lake Tahoe) pronounce the word Organ instead of Oregon.
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• United States
14 Jun 08
I hate admitting it but I do have a southern type accent. It doesn't sound typically southern, but I do have an accent that's pretty common to certain parts of West Virginia. I leave in the Eastern part of WV so I don't have the slow drawl that you tend to hear in most southern accents. I don't sound very country-ish or anything, but I do have an accent. I just tend to delete certain letters when speaking so the words generally sound short. Sometimes it's just how I pronounce words and it makes it sound like I've deleted things.
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• Canada
14 Jun 08
I'm Canadian and I don't think I have an accent...Americans tell me I do though. I know I say "ou" words a little bit different than you guys do...but that's about it. I don't say aboot or anything like people think we do...but we do pronounce more of the ou than a lot of Americans. Most Americans I know say it more like Ab-Ow-t.
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@k1tten (2321)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I know I have an accent. Like most Northern West Virginians I actually delete certain letters from a word. lol Like in hunting, it's huntin. Kinda hard to explain if you can't hear it. lol.
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
15 Jun 08
People down in northwestern Florida and Alabama and Mississippi tend to do that too. Down there, locals say their words like: Huntin', Fishin', Bakin', Nothin'. And, I am not sure if people in West Virginia say this, but in the south, the term, "I'm fixin' to" is a common replacement for, "I am going to," or "I am about to."
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I have to admit that it's a bit surprising that you only classify the letter drop as West Virginian thing. I think that a lot of the southern states do the same. Also, I must emphasize with the other poster in saying that "i'm fixin' to" is a very common phrase here. "ain't" of course is another word used, but also "Aincha" which can be best described as being pronounced like the word "ancient"
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I am from the south of America. I sound "southern" or have a "country" accent. I usually only sound real "country" if I am nervous or upset. I can mask my accent if I wish, I can do New York or Hispanic. I don't do that so much though.b
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@CEVCEV (544)
15 Jun 08
You shouldn't try to hide your accent it's part of who you are.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I have come to realize that, and should have probably added that I had only done it to be "in" with my friends. It was something like a phase, and i've learned quickly that it was something I should not have done. Thank you.
• United States
14 Jun 08
take a good bit of british but add a southern twist and i guess thats me i was born and raised in Liverpool england but lived in Mississsippi for 25 yrs untill i moved to west Virginia so i am i guess a heinz 57 variety when it comes to an accent
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@CEVCEV (544)
15 Jun 08
I bet people aound you still guess that you come from liverpool.. Where about where you brought up.?
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• United States
15 Jun 08
ever hear of a place called St Helens?i lived and went to school there and worked at lewiss ltd a stor in Liverpool before comming to the Usa~
• Indonesia
17 Jun 08
I don’t know what my accent is when I’m speaking English. Some people told me that I was ‘near’ but I don’t think I’m that good. LOL. However, I think unconsciously I imitated the accents of people I often watched on TV shows, like Oprah show, for example. My listening is not really good but at least I understand what Oprah said, and I don’t have idea about her accent, because I'm Indonesian. :P
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I would say I have a Southern accent, since I grew up in Tennessee, and now currently live here with my family. My husband is from California, and he has a deeper Southern accent than me now. There's nothing rude about asking if someone has a accent. I know I adapted quickly when I was in Illinois for 6 wks, my family and friends said I lost my Southern accent. It didn't come back until we moved away from VA to MS. Now that I'm back in Tennessee, It had to come back, with being around people from the south.
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• India
17 Jun 08
Hi friend, We asians follow neutral accent. So i am good at neutral accent. Also we are influenced by american and british accents. Thanks.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
16 Jun 08
My in laws that live in a different state say I do but of course I don't hear it. My cousin has a big time southern accent its kind of funny.
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@jessieBee (1046)
• Trinidad And Tobago
16 Jun 08
I'm from Trinidad and i have a Trini accent, they say we sound as if we are singing when we speak.
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@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Some have said that I have a Chicago accent? I don't hear it but we are known to have nasal sounding long A's. I don't know, I didn't realize I had one until someone pointed it out.
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• Australia
16 Jun 08
My accent is a cross between Australian and New Zealand. I was born in New Zealand, but have now lived more years in Australia, so it is to be expected that my accent would change. I do still have some Kiwi traits though, which make everyone laugh still.
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@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
16 Jun 08
i dont have an accent...so i think my accent is a typical american accent...ordinary...but i cant say my r's very well, so most people think i am from the new england states. i also tend to talk fast. what is a california accent anyway? i have lived in california, and people tell me i dont sound like someone from california, whatever that is. recently, someone told me that california accent is talking really slow...and that is definitely not me...i talk too fast...so i guess i talk more like an east coaster probably because i was raised on the east coast, in wva, va, dc, md areas. although i was born in scotland, i dont have a british accent...probably because i was too small to talk at that time.
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@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I never thought of myself with an accent until I was getting to know my ex husband years ago. He was living in central Canada and I am in midwestern US and he and I would talk on the phone for hours. One time he was in the room with other people and had to leave for some reason and handed the phone to someone else who I talked to for a few minutes and after I had spoken to him for a short time I was told that I had an accent. Another time my ex and I spoke the friend wanted to speak to me because he liked my accent and wanted to hear it again.........and I never thought that I had one! SO.....I think we probably all have an accent depending on who we are speaking to!! lol
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
16 Jun 08
No, I don't really have an accent, but if your's is a typical California accent, then mine is too. LOL Some days I do hear a little Filipino in my voice, but for the most part it is American! PS I didn't find your question rude at all.
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@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Of course I don't think I have an accent at all, but when I lived in Florida for a few years, everyone could tell I was from "up north", as they said. I am from NJ but I have to say that very few people from NJ have the stereotypical NJ accent. The ones that do are usually in certain areas close to NYC. What gives me away as being from NJ is the way I say certain words, like "milk" comes out like "melk", and I insist on pronouncing "ferry" differently from "fairy" (or "very" and "vary", etc.). I noticed that in FL they say those words identically. We also do tend to talk a little fast, but not quite as fast as New Yorkers.
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