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Old 01-12-2010, 10:04 PM
 
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Is it just me or you too have noticed it? The host has a strong Asian accent. On a TV. A host.

I always thought that TV hosts and journalists have to be a role model, a fine example when it comes to an accent and pronunciation, along with other things. Being an immigrant myself, I greatly respect other immigrants. I like the Asian accent too. But I don't understand how any foreign accent can be a good example on a TV. How would it facilitate for viewers to improve their English? It would only get worse.

Is it just me? Is it just 11 News? Or Houston? Or it happens nationwide?
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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Shern-Min Chow has been on TV here for only 20 years or so.

Were you expecting someone with perfect English pronunciation, like someone from East Texas or something?
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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Wow, don't you think you're being a tad picky? Thought her pronunciation was spot on... maybe with a very slight accent.

As for your other comments... when did news anchors become the model of proper speech? If I were in a social setting and had to talk to someone who sounded like a news anchor for more than 2 minutes, I would punch myself in the face.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:38 PM
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I certainly don't find her accent "strong". She is perfectly understandable, and a strong accent would mean the opposite. And heck, English is just a language and there is by no means a definitive American accent. And I certainly don't think people need to hide behind an "unidentifiable" dialect.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Houston
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She's from here ( born and raised ). I've heard her talking about her folks the other day. She talked about it, talked about her parents coming here to start a business or something like that before she was even born. But when you start learning english at the age of 5 or whenever, then it might happen that you still have a slight accent.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:41 PM
 
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Default Expected...

Just by looks alone, I would have expected an Asian accent of some sort, or as Harry Reid might say, an Asian dialect, like President Obama's Negro dialect. Whatever.

If I see an Idian, I expect an "Indian dialect". Am I missng something here? I am more suprised when I don't hear one, than when I do. I was recently in New York, and when asked where I was from, I said Texas, and the reply was probably like yours.. "but you don't sound like you are from Texas". I don't have a Texas accent/twang/dialect. I might have to start faking one just so I don't disappoint people like the OP!

And for the record, I don't wear/own boots, hats, or those trash can sized lids of a belt buckle, and I am born and raised in Texas. On second thought, I do own boots... mud boots for when I work in my pond, do those count?
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:19 PM
 
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Agree with all the responses. I definitely noticed a slight CNN accent. Can i join the jfre81 fan club?
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:50 PM
 
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Agree with all the responses. I definitely noticed a slight CNN accent. Can i join the jfre81 fan club?
Responding to all comments above. I see your point, guys. Perhaps, it is a cultural difference taking in me. In the country I was born the TV anchors are taught to get rid of the accents and speak with a "clear", nation-wide accepted pronunciation, and not a local slang or dialect.

Second, it would sound weird to hear a non-native running the program and speaking with a distinctive "foreign" dialect. To me it is like having a French actor Gérard Depardieu with an accent hosting a general American audience at News Channel. Local cultural channel (French, Latino, whatever) is fine. But not 11 News - which is for general Americans.

I can't say I strongly oppose that. But I don't believe it helps improving the audience English skills.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:53 PM
 
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In the country I was born the TV anchors are taught to get rid of the accents and speak with a "clear", nation-wide accepted pronunciation
Problem is, that doesn't exist in America. Anyone who understands English should be able to understand what she's saying, which is good enough.

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Can i join the jfre81 fan club?
Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to....meh, forget it. Glad to hear I'm entertaining somebody though.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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Responding to all comments above. I see your point, guys. Perhaps, it is a cultural difference taking in me. In the country I was born the TV anchors are taught to get rid of the accents and speak with a "clear", nation-wide accepted pronunciation, and not a local slang or dialect.
It appears you are from a country with a caste system, or the remnants of one. We do not have that here in the US. Unless you are a Native American, you, and/or your ancestors came from some other foreign country with a foreign language and accent. Even the US has regional accents, Midwest, Northeast and Southern, Southwest, etc.
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