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Old 03-06-2008, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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Although Seattle is somewhat multicultural, I don't hear as many foreign accents/ languages around me when I am out & about, as compared to New York City, LA, San Fran or Toronto. If I do hear foreign languages it's usually restricted to downtown tourist districts. I occasionally hear various Asian languages & Spanish but there aren't too many Mexicans here. Plus I rarely hear a Southern accent or a stereotypical NYC- Boston accent in my neck of the woods.
Is it easy to hear foreign languages/ accents around you in your town?
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:21 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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Although Seattle is somewhat multicultural, I don't hear as many foreign accents/ languages around me when I am out & about, as compared to New York City, LA, San Fran or Toronto. If I do hear foreign languages it's usually restricted to downtown tourist districts. I occasionally hear various Asian languages & Spanish but there aren't too many Mexicans here. Plus I rarely hear a Southern accent or a stereotypical NYC- Boston accent in my neck of the woods.
Is it easy to hear foreign languages/ accents around you in your town?
i speak spanish a lot with my freinds here, i try to teach them spanish as well.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:08 AM
 
Location: michigan
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I don't think Lansing, Michigan gets many foreign people. I moved here 2 years ago from England and i've not met / spoke to / heard any other people with an accent which is kinda strange as Michigan State is a few mins away from me.
It still makes me laugh when im ordering food or in a gas station or what ever and i'll ask for something and i get looked at as if im from another world.
One time i was driving through Tennessee on my way to Florida and i stopped at a Mcdonalds at 3am to get some coffee and the girl over the intercom couldn't understand that i was asking for cream with my coffee and asked me to pull forward so i did, she then gave me my coffee with no cream so i asked her again could i have some cream, anyway she couldn't understand me and went and got her manager who also couldnt understand me. I ended up spelling out c-r-e-a-m and they both said OH CREAMER. It was an experience to say the least .
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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No, I don't hear foreign languages often except the very occassional spanish. Southern/Country accents are the norm. Unusual to hear other types of accents.
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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yup, chinese, vietnamese, korean, african queen's english, UK queen's english, farsi and other middle eastern type dialects I don't know, russian, spanish with lots of flavors, greek (believe it or not), american english, american northeastern english, american southern english, american urban english.... hell, my wife is ESL so I'd say yeah
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:55 AM
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Where do I begin? In my current neighborhood I hear a lot of Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, and of course that one crazy guy I know who hangs out at the corner bar and swears to himself in Portuguese whenever he gets upset. Where I used to live (about 4 miles from where I live now), I used to hear a lot of Korean, Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Cambodian/Khmer, Romanian, and about everything else (but that particular neighborhood had one of highest percentages of foreign-born residents in the whole darn city, I read somewhere that over 40 languages were spoken in the public schools alone over in that neck of the woods). At work I frequently hear people talking amongst themselves in Spanish, Polish, or Korean. So yeah, I can honestly say that rarely a day goes by where I don't hear a language other than English being spoken around me.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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every accent, all the time.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:32 AM
 
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Quite a few. It's not NY or LA but quite a few. In my particular area it's getting more common to hear Korean and Indian languages, but Spanish and Hebrew are still the most common foreign languages I hear although I hear all sorts of accents in English, including a lot of various West Indian accents.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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Out here we hear a little Russian sometimes, but that's about all.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:17 PM
 
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Chicago has a ton.

I live on the north side, and it's pretty much inbetween different areas.

I hear a lot of Polish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Serbian, random south-east Asian, and European people who moved here for whatever business reasons.
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