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Old 10-14-2008, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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i got indian cousin's with southern accents, jersey accents, british accents, french accents and indian accents...

its were you grow up. how is that hard to grasp?
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I'm Asian (Taiwanese) who speaks English with a mostly Midwestern accent but a very slight Texan accent. My little brother, who was still in elementary school when my family moved to Texas, has a slightly more pronounced Southern accent.

I've noticed that most Asians in Texas speak with a Midwestern accent with a touch Texas/Southern vocabulary (e.g. the use of "ya'll") and inflection. I can't think of any Asian I've met who spoke in a broad Texas accent, though -- even if they were born and raised in TX.
Hit the nail on the head...
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:36 PM
 
Location: southern california
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i resemble that remark.
skin tone does not determine language or customs
invironment does.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:59 PM
 
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I'm Asian and can talk with a southern accent pretty well. I don't think I "have it" but apparently when I visited a friend in California once, all her friends would make fun of me for "talking Texas". Personally, I don't think I talk with a drawl but when I ask non-Texans about it, they say I do. *shrug*
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:32 AM
 
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i got indian cousin's with southern accents, jersey accents, british accents, french accents and indian accents...

its were you grow up. how is that hard to grasp?
Take a look at post #18.

In the race conscious America there are such things as AAVE or Ebonics, Chicano accent, etc.
I'm not saying that all Blacks speak Ebonics, nor that all Latinos have a Chicano accent. But it shows how accent is related to race in America.

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i usually dont notice a jersey accent because most ppl i know talk like it including my self and family.. but when an asian does it YOU NOTICE IT
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:20 PM
 
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Hi!

A friend of mine is (Asian) Indian and he speaks English with a pretty broad southern accent.
I like his accent a lot, but it seems to be quite unusual for an Asian to have it.
Do you know Asians who naturally (=not made up) speak English with a southern accent?

Cheers!

PS: I'm aware that there are many southern accents, but I think most of us have an idea of what is considered a southern accent, whether it's Texan or Georgian or Tennessean, etc.
Absolutely.

I used to frequent this take-out Chinese place near our apartment in Birmingham. The guy who answered the phone sounded as if he were straight off the boat. "Herro, ChopSueyInn....Whatchyawaaaannnn." You couldn't understand half of what the guy said like, "Beeeefrryriiiice." Meanwhile, in the back, the cooks were just hovering over the stove like something out of a movie set.

So, one day, I walk in to pick up my order. The normal cashier guy wasn't there. While I'm there, this Chinese guy comes out of the walk-in refrigerator with a fish. He starts to deliberately cut up the fish. Then, he notices me there, looks up, and says, "You know what this here is? This here is a Chinese anchovy." If you had been wearing a blindfold, he sounded as if could have been out bass fishing.

Also, I go to church with a Chinese family who have been in Birmingham for four generations running a famous local Chinese restaurant. Their daughter has a very pronounced twang to her voice. It's kind of a funny disconnect between what you expect and what you actually hear.

I have Indian friends who were born here, too. They have a drawl just like the rest.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I know Asians with hard core accents.
I can't tell if it's urban or southern... whatever the case, they don't speak clear flat English...
I don't either, I use 'ya'll' often..but my father coming from a Midwestern state, I speak Midwestern English mixed with southern English...
I've never had trouble understanding what other people were trying to say, even if they're from different parts of the nation.
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:42 PM
 
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Absolutely.

I used to frequent this take-out Chinese place near our apartment in Birmingham. The guy who answered the phone sounded as if he were straight off the boat. "Herro, ChopSueyInn....Whatchyawaaaannnn." You couldn't understand half of what the guy said like, "Beeeefrryriiiice." Meanwhile, in the back, the cooks were just hovering over the stove like something out of a movie set.

So, one day, I walk in to pick up my order. The normal cashier guy wasn't there. While I'm there, this Chinese guy comes out of the walk-in refrigerator with a fish. He starts to deliberately cut up the fish. Then, he notices me there, looks up, and says, "You know what this here is? This here is a Chinese anchovy." If you had been wearing a blindfold, he sounded as if could have been out bass fishing.

Also, I go to church with a Chinese family who have been in Birmingham for four generations running a famous local Chinese restaurant. Their daughter has a very pronounced twang to her voice. It's kind of a funny disconnect between what you expect and what you actually hear.

I have Indian friends who were born here, too. They have a drawl just like the rest.
I was actually at a Chinese restaurant earlier and the lady said "y'all" quite a bit.
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:48 AM
 
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Absolutely.

I used to frequent this take-out Chinese place near our apartment in Birmingham. The guy who answered the phone sounded as if he were straight off the boat. "Herro, ChopSueyInn....Whatchyawaaaannnn." You couldn't understand half of what the guy said like, "Beeeefrryriiiice." Meanwhile, in the back, the cooks were just hovering over the stove like something out of a movie set.

So, one day, I walk in to pick up my order. The normal cashier guy wasn't there. While I'm there, this Chinese guy comes out of the walk-in refrigerator with a fish. He starts to deliberately cut up the fish. Then, he notices me there, looks up, and says, "You know what this here is? This here is a Chinese anchovy." If you had been wearing a blindfold, he sounded as if could have been out bass fishing.

Also, I go to church with a Chinese family who have been in Birmingham for four generations running a famous local Chinese restaurant. Their daughter has a very pronounced twang to her voice. It's kind of a funny disconnect between what you expect and what you actually hear.

I have Indian friends who were born here, too. They have a drawl just like the rest.
Thanks cpg. I guess it's not that unusual after all. But another thread reminded me of why many of us need some getting used to to Asians speaking with a southern accent, or the way you put it: "a funny disconnect between what you expect and what you actually hear".
Some people actually think it's unusual for a non-white to fly the confederate flag.
In fact, I personally wouldn't expect a black person speaking with a "white" southern accent, y'all know what I mean?

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I think they might have a little Alabaman sound to them but the accents are similar in the fact that they are both Southern anyways.

I actually heard a story of a little Asian girl in South Carolina picking up the accent. Most people who have the accent are white. I have a feeling it'll be a shock to some people when she open's her mouth to talk when she gets older!
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:28 PM
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I am friends with a Vietnamese-American who was born in CA but raised in Georgia, so he has a slight southern accent. Ironically, I was born in the South, spent only 5 years outside of the South(Texas and Washington state. I don't consider Texas part of the South) and I don't have an accent according to what people tell me.
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