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Old 09-09-2007, 12:58 AM
 
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I was born, raised, and live in Tucson, Arizona. As my member name suggests, I’m a non-Hispanic white.

I might have a job opportunity opening up in Augusta and I’m thinking about moving to Brunswick.

I have to say, I’m a little worried about my accent, or should I say lack of accent.

I have a western accent, which is almost identical to a neutral accent. The only noticeable difference is illustrated by the combinations stock/stalk, ****/caulk, and collar/caller. When I pronounce the two words in each combination they sound exactly alike (or at least extremely alike); stock, ****, and collar.

Will I fit in or be picked on mercilessly? Any words of encouragement for this “from away”?
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:05 AM
 
Location: NC
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The Maine accent is dying It is prevelent only in a few areas Mostly Down East and a few sections in central Maine I am also accent neutral. I still use alot of Maine terms like dooryard I dont say pahk the cah in the yahd like my grandparents did
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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! Alert - Sarcasm warning - Alert !

A 'western accent'!

Oh no, you will be instantly drug out into a field and stoned.

Main-ahs can not stand accents in people from away.

All words ending in 'er', must be pronounced 'ah'.

! Alert - Sarcasm warning is over, you may now return to your normally scheduled lives - alert !

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Old 09-09-2007, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Well, if they can let me across the border with my heavy southern accent, you should fair well. I was teased somewhat when in Washington state years ago - mostly people telling me how "cute"? I sounded. Anyway! What do you say, will y'all still let me in???
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Bangor area, ME
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Being born and raised in Mississippi, I have a heavy southern accent and I'm fairing just fine. I get asked where I'm from from just about everyone I meet, but never any hostility because of it.
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Did I mention that I am from California?

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Old 09-09-2007, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I lived in Texas for a few years and picked up that accent. It's rare that anyone says anything at all about it.
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I am a West Coaster myself, and apart from certain slang words, no one will probably notice. That's the beauty of the West Coast "accent"-it blends in every where. People will have no problem understanding your words, but you might not understand what other people are saying
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:19 AM
 
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You will be just fine. My friends moved to AZ with their Maine accents. LOL
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Lakes Region, Maine
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I'm originally from England. Even though I've lived in the US for the better part of 20 years I still have a thick English accent. I also moved to Maine over a year ago by way of Los Angeles and nobody has mentioned my accent once. In California I had comments regarding my English accent almost weekly! I think you will fit in just fine.
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