Originally Posted by XavierMobius
What are some ways a person can strengthen his New York accent? It's for someone who has been living in another region of the US and has lost a bit of his New York accent. I've heard people who try to get rid of it, but I think that's ridiculous.
You posed your question on the New York STATE Forum rather than the New York CITY Forum so my question to you is, which New York STATE accent are you trying to strengthen?
Is it the:
1.) New York City-Long Island heavy accent?
2.) Great Lakes(nothing like the NYC accent)=Syracuse/Rochester/Buffalo/Major portion of Upstate New York State=MORE NEUTRAL accent?
3.) Lower Hudson Valley accent?
4.) Far Northern-North Country-New York State accent slightly different from the Great Lakes accent?
So, are you trying to strengthen the heavy NY City accent? OR Do you want to strengthen one of the Upstate New York State More Neutral accents?
And what's your point for strengthening any accent? As long as you speak clear American English rather than a "bastardized" (Not a bad word=means: corrupt/inferior/debased) unintelligible, incomprehensible argot/jargon/slang/low-class-idioms type language, I don't see any need/reason to strengthen any accent. The only reason I can determine is to be "noticed", the "center-of-attention", be "conspicuous" by people around you. But wouldn't that just be an unnatural feigned/fabricated characteristic/mannerism? I can only conclude that to strengthen an accent is meant for an individual to appear "hip" or to use a feigned accent to play a Broadway Show character=an actor. Are you rehearsing to play a character in a Broadway Show?