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Accents you hate or love

Postby JPoon » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:24 pm UTC

During my 10 day trip to various parts of Europe, I felt embarrassed to talk to the locals over there. I felt embarrassed for my accent is rather annoying (I know it! But speaking in a different accent is hard! ) So now, I ask you xkcd forumites which accent you hate or love.

I for one love the British accent, it sounds posh and classy above all. Most hated - Singaporean accent, which is unfortunately how I speak.


An example of the Singaporean accent. http://youtube.com/watch?v=m4I84bkoUKU

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Postby darwinwins » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:27 pm UTC

JPoon wrote:During my 10 day trip to various parts of Europe, I felt embarrassed to talk to the locals over there. I felt embarrassed for my accent is rather annoying (I know it! But speaking in a different accent is hard! ) So now, I ask you xkcd forumites which accent you hate or love.

I for one love the British accent, it sounds posh and classy above all. Most hated - Singaporean accent, which is unfortunately how I speak.


An example of the Singaporean accent. http://youtube.com/watch?v=m4I84bkoUKU

that's ... pretty tragic. move to the midwest. that'll rid you of your accent sooner or later. avoid minnesota, though.
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Postby Belial » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:27 pm UTC

While I can't profess to have heard the whole range or anything, continental African accents, based on those I've heard, are the essence of awesome.
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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby Berengal » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:33 pm UTC

I love scottish, irish and London accents.
Indian is also somewhat cool, especially when mixed with british.
Queen's English not so much, but still above average.
That indefinite "american" accent's become the norm in my head.
Southern is just below average.
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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:36 pm UTC

Depends on which Southern accent you mean... some of them are annoying as hell, some are fine. Sure, they share elements, but.. anyway, moving on.

The more I think about it, the more I really dig the African accents. Belial's right.
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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby Kikral » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:38 pm UTC

I can mimic most peoples accents, even getting different regionals. From what I've found, a light Irish accents is mine and most of my friends favorite, with a Midwestern U.S. in second, and an Indian accent in dead last.

This is a general consensus based on the days I have decided to speak in various accents. There surveys in no way represent everyones opinions, and should not be used for actual studies.
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Postby hestia » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:41 pm UTC

Continental African accents for the win

I also think that Icelandic accents are interesting. I have no concept of how they compare to the other Scandinavian countries.
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Postby Sprocket » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:42 pm UTC

The Boston accent is a SEVERE turn off! It's disgusting. My sister thinks it's kinda sexy...BLECH! It's even worse on women.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:44 pm UTC

Kikral wrote:I can mimic most peoples accents, even getting different regionals. From what I've found, a light Irish accents is mine and most of my friends favorite, with a Midwestern U.S. in second, and an Indian accent in dead last.


I can somewhat mimic different accents as well. I can do British easily. Irish or Scottish not so much, even though I have some Irish blood in me.

Northern Midwestern (North Dakota, Minnesota donchano) I can somewhat do donchano. Same with Canadian, eh? Yankee takes a little practice, as does New England (completely different dialects/accents...especially when it comes tah Maine...you'd have to be wicked smaht tah figah dat out.). I can do Scandahoovian to a point. I have to get either the Swedish Chef in my head, or Cousin Sven from Ren & Stimpy in my head in order to imitate it.
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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby Ian Ex Machina » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:58 pm UTC

JPoon wrote:I for one love the British accent, it sounds posh and classy above all.

We have more than 1!!

Ukwise- I like the northern accents more in girls, and I miss all the Brmingham accents.
I dislike the East end style london accents.

Global- I like the stereotypical french accent that is pumped through in films, I also lover a quite strong south african accent.
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Postby Belial » Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:23 pm UTC

To disagree with Kikral, Indian accents are also awesome.
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Postby Alexander » Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:37 pm UTC

I like the lower-caste English accent, like the accent Jason Statham speaks with.
I dislike most HARDCORE latin accents. They're too sharp on the ears.

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Postby Kizyr » Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:58 pm UTC

Yeah, there are many "British" accents. What most people like is the standard London accent, the kind that most people on BBC News speak, for instance. I'm neutral towards that, like I'm neutral towards the standard American accent you usually hear.

Anyway, as for accents I like:
- Southern (mostly around TN, which is what I grew up hearing)
- West African (when it's not too heavy)
- South African
- Scottish
- whatever Christopher Eccleston's accent is (I mean, he sounds like he's from the North, but lots of planets have a North)

Accents I really don't like:
- Welsh
- Liverpool
- New York--Queens in particular (Boston I'm okay with, though)
- Canadian Maritime Provinces (like what you hear in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia)
- phony and forced Cockney (when someone's trying too hard to force a British accent they usually lay on some horrid, thick pseudo-Cockney)

Accents I'm too used to and can't really decide:
- South Asian (generally speaking) KF
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Postby RockoTDF » Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:18 pm UTC

Kizyr wrote:Yeah, there are many "British" accents. What most people like is the standard London accent, the kind that most people on BBC News speak, for instance. I'm neutral towards that, like I'm neutral towards the standard American accent you usually hear.

Anyway, as for accents I like:
- Southern (mostly around TN, which is what I grew up hearing)
- West African (when it's not too heavy)
- South African
- Scottish
- whatever Christopher Eccleston's accent is (I mean, he sounds like he's from the North, but lots of planets have a North)

Accents I really don't like:
- Welsh
- Liverpool
- New York--Queens in particular (Boston I'm okay with, though)
- Canadian Maritime Provinces (like what you hear in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia)
- phony and forced Cockney (when someone's trying too hard to force a British accent they usually lay on some horrid, thick pseudo-Cockney)

Accents I'm too used to and can't really decide:
- South Asian (generally speaking) KF


I know what you mean about the Americans doing shitty cockney. I also love how they expect us to know cockney rhyming slang. I was born in England but lived over here my whole life, and generally speak with an American accent unless I am speaking to someone from the UK or a member of my family. The odd thing is that Americans tend to say that my accent sucks. Its a bit like an English person expecting all Americans to sound like cowboys.

Accents I like:
Posh Scotch accents
Non-Chavvy English accents
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Deep American Southern
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Postby @trophy » Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:19 pm UTC

I think I stated this in the fetishes thread, but latin women rock, and hence their accents do as well.

Other awesome accents include Afrikaans, Scottish, Irish, Pirish, and Northern Minnesota/St Louis (Fun Fact: If you're south of Minneapolis, nobody in Minnesota has an accent... and for some reason the St Louis accent sounds like the northern Minnesota accent... never did figure out why.)
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Postby Zohar » Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:59 pm UTC

Irish is cool. Also, I like Icelandic (well, I think I only heard Bjork's). There are some very good African ones.
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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby Echodork » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:24 pm UTC

Women with English accents are super hot :) No, not forced Cockney, and not Americanized British (where the only remnant of the accent left is the long A). But I melt for a girl with a natural English accent.

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Postby Kjartan » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:34 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Irish is cool. Also, I like Icelandic (well, I think I only heard Bjork's). There are some very good African ones.


It's been a while since I've heard Björk speak English, but I think it's pretty typical for an icelandic accent.

The most fun accent, IMO, is Scottish. As Robin Williams put it: "if you want a linguistic experience, go drinking with a Scotsman, cause you can't fucking understand them."
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:52 pm UTC

Kjartan wrote:
Zohar wrote:Irish is cool. Also, I like Icelandic (well, I think I only heard Bjork's). There are some very good African ones.


It's been a while since I've heard Björk speak English, but I think it's pretty typical for an icelandic accent.

The most fun accent, IMO, is Scottish. As Robin Williams put it: "if you want a linguistic experience, go drinking with a Scotsman, cause you can't fucking understand them."

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Postby Apemeat » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:26 pm UTC

I am from the Midwest (northern Illinois).

When I hear myself or one of the locals speak, I hear no accent.

Yet, some people think we have accents.

Just curious...what do all you non-midwesterners hear when we talk?
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Postby Belial » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:28 pm UTC

Apparently, midwest is the default "american" newscaster accent or something, because I acquired most of my vocal mannerisms from television, and I'm told I have a midwestern accent. I've never set foot in the midwest, nor do I spend a lot of time around people from that area, so I assume that's what it is.
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Postby thefiddler » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:39 pm UTC

Apemeat wrote:I am from the Midwest (northern Illinois).

What the fuck, you're from Rockford? I live about twenty minutes from there. WHAT IS THIS?!
Apemeat wrote:When I hear myself or one of the locals speak, I hear no accent.

Yet, some people think we have accents.

Just curious...what do all you non-midwesterners hear when we talk?

We believe we have standard dictionary pronunciation. We do, but we also speak in nasally tones. It's actually really annoying.
Belial wrote:Apparently, midwest is the default "american" newscaster accent or something, because I acquired most of my vocal mannerisms from television, and I'm told I have a midwestern accent. I've never set foot in the midwest, nor do I spend a lot of time around people from that area, so I assume that's what it is.

I didn't think you had that much of an accent at all. You sounded vaguely midwestern and slightly southern. I'm not sure whether or not that is a good or bad thing.

The worst thing for me is that I don't think I shall ever have a pure Inland Northern accent again. After spending a few hours on the phone with people elsewhere in the US and Canada, I started to stress different parts of words. I'm known for picking up accents really easily and slipping into them without knowing it. My friend has counted these accents as ones she's noticed: Boston, Eastern Canadian, Southern, London, a light Irish, and Australian.
And sometimes it's some horrible mish-mash of them. :(

Anyway, my all-time favourite accent is the Liverpool accent. It makes me melt.

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Postby Belial » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:46 pm UTC

After spending a few hours on the phone with people elsewhere in the US and Canada, I started to stress different parts of words. I'm known for picking up accents really easily and slipping into them without knowing it.


I have this same thing. I have a *really* hard time, when speaking with people who have noticeable accents, not just slipping into their accent. I try to stop myself, because it could be taken as insulting if I started putting on an Indian accent while talking to one of our Indian contractors, for example, or putting on a Quebecois accent when talking to our Poyry contacts.

I had a store manager back when I worked in the hobby shop who did this much more smoothly. Over the course of a conversation, he would slowly slip from his own accent and mannerisms into almost completely mirroring the person he was talking to. It was extremely subtle, to the point that I didn't even notice he did it until one of my coworkers pointed it out, but once I noticed it it was really kindof amazing, both in how smooth it was and in how much it seemed to put the customer at ease. It was one of the few things I envied about that man. I never did ask him if he did it consciously, though.
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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby Teh Russians » Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:01 pm UTC

Russian accent ftw. I don't have it but can produce it when I want to.

Example(not me):http://youtube.com/watch?v=6ixwxhiylsQ
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Postby functionally_stupid » Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:05 pm UTC

Oh god, I have that issue, too. Picking up the accents of people I talk to.

I was born and raised in America, so even though I'm dual-citizenship-ly British, my accent is terrible. It takes *weeks* in England for me to pick it back up, and then I lose it within minutes of coming home.

As for accents, well, if it's a cute boy doing the talking, they could have the most annoying accent on the planet and I'd still like it. But I really do like Northern accents (England, I mean...)... close to Scottish, but not quite. (On a side note, I recently discovered what scotch tastes like. No wonder Scottish people are so angry. Their native drink tastes like being kicked in the mouth with an iron boot ON FIRE. ... jk, jk, Scottish people rock. Respect, yo.)

I think a large part of the whole "Oh me yarm ENGLISH ACCENTS ARE HOT!" is, from a psychological point of view, because England used to have a vast global empire not *too* long ago. So the speech patterns seem sexier and more "powerful" and cooler. I'm not sure if this has any factual basis at all, though. (Although, people tend to think Italian sounds really hot, and Italian is the closest language we have to Latin, which was also all EMPIIIIRE!) If one were to reverse this, it would hold that people would dislike the accents of people from famously most-recently-conquered nations, perceiving them to be wimpier, less intelligent, less powerful; especially the accents they would have while speaking the "conqueror" language... Again, this has no factual basis whatsoever it's just something I thought would be neat if it were true.

If we're talking about accents in the native language, well, I have to say, I love listening to Japanese. Especially the Kansai dialect. <3!!!! It just sounds so darned *pretty*... Russian is hot, too, and I kinda love hearing deep-voiced German (so punk-ass!).
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Postby d3adf001 » Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:43 pm UTC

i think the baltimore accent is funny but i wish i didnt have it. i HATE pittsburgh accent and the stupid shit they say like pop and red up. i kind of love girls with english accents. last year there was a group of girls in my dorm from england and they would call each other dirty wenches and it was a riot.

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Postby darwinwins » Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:52 pm UTC

Apemeat wrote:I am from the Midwest (northern Illinois).

When I hear myself or one of the locals speak, I hear no accent.

Yet, some people think we have accents.

Just curious...what do all you non-midwesterners hear when we talk?

not having an accent is apparently and accent according to many people. i find this stupid because it's pretty much saying atheism is a religious mindset. an absence of a thing does not make it a subset category.

having grown up in southern iowa, i've heard many dialects local to certain closed off communities but as a whole, the midwest lacks an accent. still not quite sure how it happened but it's apparently the expected default english that the rest of the world expects to hear. i blame the movies on this one.

i know a lot of english teachers and they tell me that ESL businesses prefer people from the midwest over the rest of the states or from one of the queen's lands. but since there are only so many, they end up taking what they can get. i have a buddy who teaches english to kids. he's from ireland. his kids speak engish with an irish accent which his coworker's kids will speak with an english accent. it's like 1960s northern ireland all over again.
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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby Birdman » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:01 am UTC

Well, the Midwest accent is an accent. It's hardly as if the Midwest USA is the origin of spoken English and everything else is an accented version of it. Sheesh.

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Postby darwinwins » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:09 am UTC

Birdman wrote:Well, the Midwest accent is an accent. It's hardly as if the Midwest USA is the origin of spoken English and everything else is an accented version of it. Sheesh.

that's midwest "accent" in the way we're using it. we're talking about the absence of a thing. and you're under the wrong impression that english sprang up out of the ground here like it did in england. english spread as its people spread. english is not in the exclusive domain of the original land where it came from. that's a misnomer in itself. when we talk about accents, we're talking about the pronunciation of words. when you flip open a dictionary and see the way you're supposed to say a word properly it does so without an accent specific to a region of the world.
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Postby Midnight » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:20 am UTC

i don't like southern, but i love irish and london... not superstrong british accents, just a lilt. also I like listening to strong east african accents...

i speak with a bland american lack-of-accent.... but i can imitate british pretty well. irish always degrades into a scottish/cockney/indian accent when I try.
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Postby Birdman » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:27 am UTC

darwinwins wrote:that's midwest "accent" in the way we're using it. we're talking about the absence of a thing. and you're under the wrong impression that english sprang up out of the ground here like it did in england. english spread as its people spread. english is not in the exclusive domain of the original land where it came from. that's a misnomer in itself. when we talk about accents, we're talking about the pronunciation of words. when you flip open a dictionary and see the way you're supposed to say a word properly it does so without an accent specific to a region of the world.



See, the dictionary doesn't define how a word "should" be pronounced. It simply says how it is pronounced. And if it's a good one, how it was pronounced and even how it's pronounced in other places. Sadly my OED's in another city but I suspect its pronunciations are different to those in Merriam-Webster.

Of course spoken English isn't "owned" by England - or even any particular part of it (consider the ridiculous number of English accents). Even so you can't say that Midwest English is some pure form of English and everything else some adulterated, accented version. There is no core English from which the "accentedness" of a particular English can be measured. My guess is that if Iceland was the economic superpower instead of the USA, we'd be having the same conversation about the Reykjavík accent.

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Postby Upsilon » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:30 am UTC

I kind of like the German accent. My grandmother is German, so that might have something to do with it... The accent that I have is the Wisconsin accent, though. Here we say "Bubbler", not "Water fountain". Live with it.
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Postby Stief » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:49 am UTC

I agree with the Japanese accent/language, it's very pretty ^_^

I have a generic english accent, although I slip into a Cornish accent (which I find amazing, due my Stepdad's parents being Cornish and also I like it from watching Hot Fuzz....) when saying some words for no apparent reason :P

Living in South Wales, I get a lot of Welsh accented people, although not as many as mid, west, east or north Wales :P Apparently, the Welsh accent is seen to be one of the most friendly...
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Postby darwinwins » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:57 am UTC

Upsilon wrote:I kind of like the German accent. My grandmother is German, so that might have something to do with it... The accent that I have is the Wisconsin accent, though. Here we say "Bubbler", not "Water fountain". Live with it.

so ... wisconsin, huh?
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Postby Sable » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:23 am UTC

I'm sure there are a thousand different variations on Scottish dialects, but I ran into a young lass in London that had the most ravishing way of speaking. Still very much the sort of Montgomery Scott kind of thing us Yanks are all used to thinking of, but with a delightful lilt that made her positively hypnotic to listen to.
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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby thefiddler » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:25 am UTC

Upsilon wrote:I kind of like the German accent. My grandmother is German, so that might have something to do with it... The accent that I have is the Wisconsin accent, though. Here we say "Bubbler", not "Water fountain". Live with it.

Uhh... saying "bubbler" instead of "water fountain" or "drinking fountain" isn't an accent -- it's regional slang. Saying "bubblah" instead of "bubbler" is an accent.

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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby Upsilon » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:31 am UTC

I know that it's not an accent, and I didn't intend for it to be read that way. It's just that some people have taken notice and tried to correct me, so I thought I'd bring it up.
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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby Khonsu » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:41 am UTC

I have lived in central Ohio for 8 years of my life. I have probably no real discernable accent, though I unconsciously slip into any accent I hear. It annoys people, but I don't mean it. I've always been a hell of a mimic.

I find "twangs" really annoying, but as far as overt accents go, a smooth Brazilian Portuguese/Jamaican mix is pretty damn delish. Very fussy, perfect English without a discernable regional lilt is my favorite, though. Imagine how that redhead in The Big Lebowski spoke--it wasn't British English, it wasn't Canadian, it wasn't American...it just was...very, very precise. "Miss Canada's Finishing School for Girls accent" as the creators of The Big Lebowski say. THAT'S the hottest "accent."

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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby thisisdavid » Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:39 am UTC

My favorite accents:

Australian =
South African =
Irish >
Public school English/BBC English >
Scottish>
old money Virginian, think Robert Duvall in... the Civil War movie that Martin Sheen wasn't in

I feel that I do well with my Texan accent, though I really only use it when I'm trying to charm someone, it's just the most mellifluous way for me to speak. Girls from the Northeast tend to go crazy for it, I wish I could say the same for their accents. If I could have any accent, however, it would be Irish. I'm around 3/4 Scotch-Irish, they have one of the best histories as a people (read How the Irish Saved Civilization), and the Irish pronunciation of the word fuck is just beautiful.

Backwater southern accents are horrible for me, like Appalachian West Virginian. I don't like Indian either, mostly because of bad memories associated with tech support phone calls. Swedish can be annoying or cute depending on how mentally retarded the person speaking it is. Korean is bad mostly because it's so hard to understand, though I don't blame them since Korean to English is one of the hardest language jumps to make. One that really grates on me is Mexican. If you've ever been unfortunate enough to hear Carlos Mencia talk, that's what I'm talking about.
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Re: Accents you hate or love

Postby Swordfish » Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:43 am UTC

My favorite accent would probably be something from Ireland. I'm not gona be able to discern one regional accent from another over there, so don't ask for a specific one.

My accent is actually a fair enough blend of different American accents that someone in America wouldn't be able to figure out where I'm from. They'd probably know that I'm not from their area, and that's it. I've got a light Philadelphia accent (most notable when I say the word "water"), but I think I've mostly got a mid-west accent (which is good, because I want to do broadcasting). I may have a tiny influence from the Toronto area in my accent, too, courtesy of my grandmother.
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