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post #31 of 63
Originally Posted by Jared
A compromise solution: get a Canadian accent.

(I have read in our jingoistic local press that ESL students prefer to study Canada because our accent is the most easily understood by English speakers with other accents - I think that's a nice way of saying: even the Canadian accent is boring! )
i think the candian accent and the american 'stoner' accent are the same, no?
post #32 of 63
Originally Posted by Fabienne
I think there's always something that gives you away (Fabienne assumes sleuth demeanor). Maybe once or twice a year, someone will ask where I'm from (without seeing my first name). I have a fairly neutral American accent, but then I might pronounce some words with more of a British twist, and some of the 'r's cause me trouble, and I get lazy, at times, with my 'th's. The inconsistency is what gives me away, I believe, if we're only talking accents. There are many other cues by which a non-native may be identified. It's always a fun game to play, isn't it Globetrotter.

On Thursday morning, I'm doing a voice-over. I was chosen for the job because my accent, though American, has "something" about it (these are the words of the producer). This isn't my profession, I do it for fun, I get recommended by word of mouth.

yeah, I used to say it was about every 6 months somebody would "Catch" my wife - but it hasn't happened in a year or so. it usually happens when its a word that she has only read, but never heard, but it doesn't happen that much any more. what is very funny is when she tells people she is from columbia and it takes them a while to believe her. or, more funny, when she talks spanish to a mexican and they look at her like she is a funny american trying to show off her spanish.
post #33 of 63
I think you should look in the phone book for Professor 'iggins.
post #34 of 63
Originally Posted by MetroStyles

If you really want the accent, I have a great way of you getting it. Here is how:

1) Get an account at, a bit torrent website.
2) Search for "accents"
3) There is a program to download there that teaches you all kinds of accents. If I recall correctly it had two types of British, Australian, Irish, Scottish, etc. It basically teaches you how to speak with different parts of your throat/mouth and use different types of mouth and tongue movements to emulate different accents. Very educational, and free.

If you do not know how to use bit torrent or what it is, or if you cannot get an invitation to the site, then you don't want the accent badly enough.

Hope that helps.

Can I get an invite to It's invite only.


post #35 of 63
Vocal hygeine will improve the voice. There are more obscure ways, including care of sinuses, improved posture, and boosting hormone levels through means such as diet and probably exercise.
post #36 of 63
Since this is the Style Forum, here's a quote from someone who created his own accent, and is considered one of the most stylish men of all time:

"I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me."

-Cary Grant

I see nothing at all wrong with changing your accent a bit. I had a truly obnoxious regional accent when I went away to college, which I didn't realize until friends there teased me about it. I still work to keep it in check. Does that make me a phony? I'll tell you something, when I hear the local accent in my home town now in all its glory (TV ads for car dealers seem to be the worst) I get the willies.

If OP wants to change his accent, I encourage him to do so.
post #37 of 63
Originally Posted by Mbogo
"I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me." -Cary Grant
I never knew that CG had a consciously-developed accent. Does anyone know whether it evolved somewhat over the course of his film career, or had it already pretty much developed into its final form by the time he started making his earliest films?
post #38 of 63
Originally Posted by sloaney
You fashion your life based PURELY on your aspirations. As JPS said, existence before essence. You should never be hindered by where you came from or your cultural heritage.

indeed; your post reflects very much your existence before essence philosophy. the shallowness of the approach, the emphasis on appearance over reality, feeling the pressures of your career/life/society... heidegger, of course, was another existentialist, who felt just this way, who, having felt the pressures of society, became a nazi.

i prefer aquinas. essence over existence.

keep the way you talk the way you talk. it will transform itself without your urging.

post #39 of 63
Originally Posted by skalogre
Trust me, it does NOT give you instant credibility
everywhere. I wish I could when necessary do a greek accent when speaking
english. Oftentimes it is better to fit in more than stand out without meaning to.

Try to avoid the Chavspeak.
post #40 of 63
I would suggest adopting Brad Pitt's dialect in Snatch
post #41 of 63
I'm from Minnesota... I'm still trying to get rid of the "illiterate swamp turtle" accent...

Lemme ask you, do you spell British too?
post #42 of 63
The British middle upper class practically bankrupt themselves to send their kids to Eton and comparable schools to get a very posh accent. It would be very difficult for you to fool people, and I think unless you live at an address that also suggests such an accent, people will definately call you a poseur.
post #43 of 63
This post reminds me of the friends episode when Ross adopts a british accent for his work in the "Labooooratory".

I don't see how anyone can acquire an unnatural accent in such a manner. One slip up and you look like a lunatic.

post #44 of 63
Some of us think adopting an English accent is the wrong way to go
post #45 of 63
Originally Posted by sloaney
i grew up in asia and spent the past six years in the united states before moving to the uk earlier this year. i grew up (i.e. since i was a kid) speaking english at home to family and to friends so it is my "first language" BUT my english had a local accent. after spending 6 years in the states, i now speak with an american accent more or less naturally and have to consciously revert back to speaking with a local accent whenever i am in asia to avoid being seen as pretentious. (this is hard because i express myself most naturally now when i speak with an american accent). BUT i really like the british (upper class/BBC) accent and being here (and still fairly young - in my twenties) would very much like to adopt it (i see it as just another way to improve myself, like dressing better, etc). i figured out that if there's a will there's a way..... if anyone can point out anyone or any group in london that can help that will be great. general advice/thoughts are welcomed as well. i also need to develop a deeper more authoritative voice.

in my opinion, voice is probably the 2nd most important thing after physical appearence, and cannot be discounted. especially if you would like to sound credible and learned when giving your views and forecasts on the market to institutional investors.

p.s. a few weeks ago i was paying one of my utility bills via the phone and the lady on the other line complimented me on my accent out of the blue.... which i found quite strange.

Why on earth do you want to be like 'the rest' - The rest sucks, be 'unique'. Have that extra thing everyone else tries to have in their lives. Mr-Obvious to the rescue.
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