Do you have an accent and do you like it?

February 19, 2010 9:45am CST
I think here in England like a lot of places world wide accents and local dialogue is fading which I find a real pity. It is lovely to hear a local accent when you visit a place and know that that is the regional accent from years and years ago. With so many people now moving house from one county to another the local accents are beginning to fade although I must admit that some "newies" do in time pick up the accent if they talk to the locals a lot. I come from somerset and now live in Gloucestershire and their accents are very similar. All my children have right old Gloucestershire accents and it is lovely to hear them. Would I like them to speak the Queens English and loose their accents? definately not.
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• United States
19 Feb 10
My first language is not the English, it is Spanish, I am originally from Cuba, and we Cubans have a very distinctive accent, but when I was 18 I moved to Puerto Rico, and they have another accent, I spend 8 years there and I pick up some of their accents also, so right now, when someone hears me talking they are not quite sure where I am from, they always ask me. Are you cuban? Are you puertorican? I wanted to keep my accent and the way I speak, but it is impossible, when you live in a foreign country is impossible to don't pick the accent from another people because you get very immersed in the culture.
19 Feb 10
hi i bet though when you go back you immediately get that accent back!
• Brazil
19 Feb 10
I live ini the big city here in my state, so i do have a city folk accent that is definitley different than the interior folk... The thing is that I can never sense this accent of mine, but everybody says that I have one, it's really strange xDD
20 Feb 10
its odd isnt it that most of us dont think we have much of an accent ourselves x
@grayxenon (1306)
• Philippines
17 Mar 10
i have actually..and i don't like it..or they don't like it..back here people will make fun of you if they find your tongue sounding as hard as rock or soft as cotton..they don't find cuteness on your locality makeup..
• Singapore
17 Mar 10
I am a Singaporean, I am supposed to have learned British English since I went through the British examinations like every other peers in Singapore... BUT... I do not have a British accent. Due to exposure to American movies and TV programs, over the years, I have learned a fair amount of American English as well. Neither do I have an American accent. But I do have an Singaporean accent (a mixture tones from the Malay and Indian language and Chinese dialects with English). I guess the issue of accent gets solved the moment we spend enough time in a given environment (from my experience). Our intelligent grey matter is just so capable of mimicking and adapting :)
@deenaly (162)
• Malaysia
20 Feb 10
In Malaysia, we have many accents, which are different by the states. Most accents sound similar, but some are really different and a little bit harder to understand. Kelantan and Terengganu, and most of the states in the northern region of Malaysia have different accents. There are also hybrids of accents according to the location. If you go somewhere near the border of two states, let say Kelantan and Terengganu, you will see people there speaking the language in a mixed accents of Kelantan and Terengganu. If you want to hear a more thick pronunciation of these accents, try going to the village. I don't have any accents because I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, but since my mother was born in Northern Perak and my father was born in Johor, I can speak both accents, but not as good as people who do live there. I think that wraps it up. Deenaly signing off.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
20 Feb 10
accent - I have an Asian accent.
I am an Asian and i live in the US now.I've been here for almost three years but still i have an accent.Although i learn alot of english words in my country during my school days but still the way they pronounce a certain word is different from us.Sometimes when i talk to an american they could hardly understand me because of my accent.But i know i am getting better and better to it.
@sachii315 (489)
• Japan
20 Feb 10
Hi MAllen400! I'm from Japan. Each of the Prefectures here has their own dialect and accent. I speak kansai-ben, so if I go to Tokyo, people can tell that I'm from the south. I really like my accent but it really sounds awful when I'm trying to speak in english. I want to lose the my accent when speaking in english, people could really tell that I'm Japanese which sounds like engrishu . haha. British English is very soft and lovely to hear. Happy mylotting!
@xenobane (205)
• Canada
20 Feb 10
I am from China and yes the accent stays with me after 10 years, but I like it that way. Of course you can learn to speak without the accent, but it doesn't make much difference other than to fool others to think you are a local than a new comer. I think accent distinguishs you from others, it adds that personality to you. I can't imgine a world where everyone speaks the same tone, that would be easier to communicate but also boring. Most people enjoy English accent, well we shoudn't see British English as an accent since it is the true English to begin with. The Americans ruin the true English with their "country" tone, and now the real English becomes an accent and country English is universal. If your accent doesn't affect your communication with other then by all means keep it, is like your calling card, is more memorable than plain English.
• United States
19 Feb 10
I do have an accent, a southern accent, and I never have like it. When I was in Chicago, my school years, they noticed it. When I moved to California, I had a mixed accent, then when I went to Mississippi, they said I had an accent, and when I was in Europe, they said I had an accent. I've never fit in anywhere.
@livewyre (2455)
19 Feb 10
I am originally from the West Midlands, so you can imagine how awful my 'native' accent is... Aspects of it sometimes emerge, but mostly it is firmly repressed. Funnily enough my small daughter has been known to come up with words that sound like my native accent even though she is born and brought up in Wales - less so now she is at school, but I guess some of my repressed accent has rubbed off on her too
• Philippines
19 Feb 10
i dont care if i have accent or not as long as i can speak well and people can understand me.i dont need accent to impress people since i didnt grow in that country or what so ever. what matter is you can express your feelings towards other very well. it will only become bad to those racist and you cant avoid them, all you have to do is to ignore them and think that you are more smarter than them coz you know their language but they dont know yours.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I'm from Illinois (USA). When I travel to the southern states, people say that I have a Chicago accent (Chicago is four hours north from where I live). However, in the southern part of Illinois (about 4 hours south of me), their accents are quite similar to those who live in the deep south. When I travel to the more northern states, no one says anything ACCEPT typically when I speak words that begin with vowels.. I subconsciously tend to accent them with a southern drawl. lol
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
19 Feb 10
I was born in Kent. I spoke with a posh accent when I was at primary school. Then when I went to secondary school I my accent changed to be some like the other students. I noticed over the years some of them developed a South London accent but I didn't sound that strong. I like to say the 't' in 'saturday'. I went off traveling overseas and came home from my world trip speaking like an Australian. I had to show my passport to an employment agency to show that I was British. I moved from Kent to Somerset so did my mom plus my sister. My mom came from Kent and my sister came from Surrey. It is funny to hear my oldest nephew speaking with a Somerset accent now. If someone is quietly spoken with a strong Somerset accent my mom can't understand what they are saying. I went to university in Wales and met people from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland. I am used to hearing a variety of different accents. I find a Birmingham accent the most interesting. I find an accent from Liverpool especially charming. I like the accent from Newcastle. I adore the accent from Manchester. Thinking of overseas I adore the American accent and notice that differs depending on the region. I like a South African accent. I feel totally at home with an Australian accent which I copy without intending to.
• United States
19 Feb 10
I live in the southern United States! So I have a mild southern draw. IT's not as distinguished as some other states have! I don't mind it. Actually when I leave the area it kind of goes away a little bit..
@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
19 Feb 10
I think everyone has it's own accent it varies from their culture & tradition of way of speaking, others are talking a poetic speech with ballad tone.I have my own accent w/c I like it.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
19 Feb 10
Hi, MAllen400. I don't think that I do. But many people have often asked me where I am from and I will tell them, and they will say to me that I don't sound like I am from the south. But I am. I guess to them I have an accent to my voice. They even told me that I have an accent. I have family members that live in New York that has an accent when they talk. I think that it sounds, nice.