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Old 03-25-2013, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Which American accent are you talking about?

This one (Boston):


Perfect Boston Accent - YouTube


This one (Bronx):


Tony Curtis interview - YouTube

This one (white man from Georgia):


TAVIS SMILEY | Jeff Foxworthy | PBS - YouTube

Some other one?
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I guess we all have the same accent.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Originally Posted by Mouldy Old Schmo View Post
Which American accent are you talking about?

This one (Boston):


Perfect Boston Accent - YouTube


This one (Bronx):


Tony Curtis interview - YouTube

This one (white man from Georgia):


TAVIS SMILEY | Jeff Foxworthy | PBS - YouTube

Some other one?
The guy did specify he was midwesterner who speaks with a "generic american accent" which I take to mean he's asking about the non-regional Standard American Accent used for the news, advertisements, and much entertainment. It's a given that real Americans tend to have regional inflections at the very least.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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I love the American accent, it's the easiest to understand thanks to Hollywood.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Oh, I absolutely agree! I thought I was the only one who couldn't stand the Australian accent. I've literally turned documentaries off when I heard the voice-over was Australian. It's the only 'language' in the world I just can't hear for longer than a minute without wanting to punch someone, lol.

The South African accent on the other hand...
I kind of felt bad posting this, since I have Australian friends
They do not know my secret
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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There are so many different accents in the U.S. I am from north Jersey (originally Newark), so it sounds like a NYC accent. There are New England, Boston (little different than New England), Midwest, Texas, Southern and on and on.

I really love all different kinds. The U.S. is huge, and we all sound a bit different.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:01 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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I kind of felt bad posting this, since I have Australian friends
They do not know my secret
I have nothing against Australians, just their accent They can't help the way they speak. I empathize because my native language (Dutch) is one of the ugliest in the world, only slightly less grating than Australian, lol. That's just the way it is.

I hope Australians aren't as sensitive as some Americans around here, otherwise we'll have a "Why is it cool to bash Australians?" thread soon
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Having traveled extensively and lived outside the US, I can state with certainty that anything American is disliked by the educated. As for the uneducated, they have been scammed enough to distrust Americans tremendously. They hear an American accent and they automatically seek retribution. My advice is to leave your accent home and learn at least enough of the language to be polite and to be able to understand, if not speak, the language.
Are you suggesting there aren't any people in foreign countries who are fond of Americans?
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Which American accent are you talking about?

This one (Boston):


Perfect Boston Accent - YouTube


This one (Bronx):


Tony Curtis interview - YouTube

This one (white man from Georgia):


TAVIS SMILEY | Jeff Foxworthy | PBS - YouTube

Some other one?
The generic American accent, the radio voice that most news anchors have.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I have nothing against Australians, just their accent They can't help the way they speak. I empathize because my native language (Dutch) is one of the ugliest in the world, only slightly less grating than Australian, lol. That's just the way it is.
I also have Dutch friends, one who also speak Frisian. The Dutch language itself is very guttural, but doesn't bother me. I do like the accent of a Dutch person speaking English.
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