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Old 10-13-2008, 12:44 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.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:51 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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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.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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I remember seeing an Asian Comedian with a "Texas Accent" and its..
The subject matter of much of his material.
I knew some hispanic folks born and raised in Texas with that accent.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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Oh wow.

Yeah I know a guy who appearance-wise you could drop in the middle of some Chinese village and you would lose him, but he has this insanely powerful southern accent that leads me to believe he probably grew up in Texas somewhere.

He's a smart dude..and I have such a hard time keeping a straight face when I'm in the vicinity and he is talking. I feel so bad, but the whole situation is hilarious. I'm going to hell.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:57 PM
 
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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.
Thanks neutrino!
How come most Asians in Texas speak with a Midwestern accent?
What do you mean with Midwestern accent, btw.? Is it like the way Wisconsinites speak?
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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I remember seeing an Asian Comedian with a "Texas Accent" and its..
The subject matter of much of his material.
I knew some hispanic folks born and raised in Texas with that accent.
In that case it's probably not his natural accent then. By that I mean the accent one has when speaking English in normal day to day situations.
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Im Polynesian and always laugh when I hear my cousins from Texas speak in their southern accent.
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:04 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Thanks neutrino!
How come most Asians in Texas speak with a Midwestern accent?
What do you mean with Midwestern accent, btw.? Is it like the way Wisconsinites speak?
The Midwestern accent I'm thinking of is more like that of newscasters. I think I've read somewhere that it's prevalent in the lower midwest. The upper midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc) has a slightly different accent. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here.

My theory on why Asians speak this way is that it's the way English is taught in schools. The pronunciation seems to be rather standardized.
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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hah my wife has an asian friend who talks like a true north jersey girl.. shes from Jersey City and she talks with a jersey accent..
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 10-13-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: formerly Gillette, WY now Sacramento, CA
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What are asians supposed to sound like? Why is it surprising?

I have an asian friend who was born and raised in North Carolina and he sounds like he was born and raised in North Carolina. I have another friend who was born and raised in Oklahoma and has that accent. Your accent is a product of where you live and how you hear things pronounced. I guess all Mexican-American born and raised here have an mexican accent instead of where they live. We all know that is not true.
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