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Old 05-28-2009, 02:32 AM
 
Location: Far, far away from Aotearoa
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I just know that the true Kiwi accent is quite hard to copy. Sam Neil says it is the hardest, speaking as an actor. Notice The Kiwi accent of the main actor in The world's Fastest Indian. He filmed in NZ, surrounded by Kiwi actors, and could not pull a Kiwi accent off smoothly. He gets it in some phrases and bits but can't carry it off continuously throughout his monologues. I spent years there and could never duplicate it though I tried and am a language teacher. Just the expressions and finally I added "eh" to the ends of my sentences......my kids can do the Maori 'accent' to a tee, yet they never acquired a regular Kiwi accent and they had lived in NZ since they were 2!
I personally don't find it "sexy" at all. It is a blander, muddier cousin of the Oz accent, "go to bid", milk and leemon", "there's a hull in the ground" . Mind you it has changed sooo much since the old days. I've heard old recordings on National Radio of very early speakers in both North and South island and you can barely understand them.
For me it's the speed with which they speak (super fast) and the fact that they do not open their mouthes very much so gives a muttering effect. Non-English-as-a -first-language listeners have a really bad time understanding Kiwis in NZ. The first 6 months I was there I could not understand anyone on the phone....and I'm a native speaker!
Also Kiwis love to bash Americans for being loud...ha! Kiwis are a loud, brash bunch. Oops, did that sound negative? Sorry :-) How brash of me :-)
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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As a kiwi visited the United States, I had nothing but good things to say about the New Zealand accent, of course I'm going to say I don't like the Aussie accent, its only natural for a kiwi to say that

But I don't think it is unsexy, if anything us and Aus accents are generally very popular over in the States.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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I don't speak "Kiwi" in the generally understood sense - but I find it much easier on the ear than the typical Aussie or US twangs. On our TV newscasts, many reporters pop up on TV stories from the US, using vowel distortions that make one really shudder. Where the hell is the "Waaaaaast" coast of the USA? Will some of them ever "looauurrrn" to speak more attractively?
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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On our TV newscasts, many reporters pop up on TV stories from the US, using vowel distortions that make one really shudder. Where the hell is the "Waaaaaast" coast of the USA? Will some of them ever "looauurrrn" to speak more attractively?
To many of those speakers, their accent does sound attactive.
Aah laaahk thuh saound uuuv aay theeiiicck suuuthun draawl taaoo!

Actually, I like almost any regional US accent better than "standard American"
or the accents used on CNN, which to me often come across as "stale", "robotic" or "forced."
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:15 PM
 
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Actually, I like almost any regional US accent better than "standard American"
or the accents used on CNN, which to me often come across as "stale", "robotic" or "forced."
I would go along with this too. For me I think it's a familiarity thing. I'm pretty much indifferent to Kiwi and Aussie accents, the American english of CNN, or the English english of BBC. I guess I just hear them all too often for them to be interesting anymore. But the regional american accents I don't get to hear much can still sound fantasic to me.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:33 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I would go along with this too. For me I think it's a familiarity thing. I'm pretty much indifferent to Kiwi and Aussie accents, the American english of CNN, or the English english of BBC. I guess I just hear them all too often for them to be interesting anymore. But the regional american accents I don't get to hear much can still sound fantasic to me.
Yeah I really dig regional accents myself. Nothing sounds more elegant (in my opinion) than a classy lady speaking in a Tidewater accent.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I just know that the true Kiwi accent is quite hard to copy. Sam Neil says it is the hardest, speaking as an actor. :-)
Kind of funny since Neil is really a Kiwi.
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:24 AM
 
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I love going to New Zealand and listening to their ads. Their accent is funny and tends to be exaggerated on the t.v. One ad a few years back went something like "Wen tuckets to en Ol Bleck Teest Metch!" It made me wet myself every time.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:51 AM
 
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Sometimes it seems as if the vowel sounds are switched. I joked with a Kiwi friend when I was in NZ wondering how they teach vowel sounds in school.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Sometimes it seems as if the vowel sounds are switched. I joked with a Kiwi friend when I was in NZ wondering how they teach vowel sounds in school.
I'm hard-pressed to think of a vowel sound that everyday US accents don't switch or warp...talk about Biblical motes and beams!
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