Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby Asmodieus » Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:56 pm UTC

I'm from Miami.
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I dont really know if I have an accent or not, I sound pretty much like everyone else on xbox live.
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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby Hurduser » Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:44 pm UTC

Judging my accent, where would you think I was from?

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Federal republic of Germany, my English teachers tried to teach me British English, the media taught me a more American variant and my fiance with whom I speak the most English comes originally from Russia. I hope, that I don't sound too German
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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby SpitValve » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:05 am UTC

Asmodieus wrote:I dont really know if I have an accent or not, I sound pretty much like everyone else on xbox live.


I find it a little odd that people say "I have no accent" instead of "I have a generic North American accent"...

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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:38 am UTC

I find it very annoying when people insist that they don't have an accent, even after someone points out that it's impossible (not that anyone in this thread is guilty of this)
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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby Sasha » Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:49 am UTC

I am from Arizona.
Also I do not like plosives and apparently overform them.

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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby SpitValve » Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:51 pm UTC

Hurduser wrote:Judging my accent, where would you think I was from?


I would have guessed German, I'm afraid :) You guys travel enough that we definitely get used to hearing that accent...

I might just hear some of the Russian in there, but it might just be my imagination.

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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby DJorgensen » Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:34 pm UTC

ah since I just posted my voice I thought that I might as well add to this one here :P

I'm from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby solitarysock » Sun Jul 05, 2009 1:05 am UTC

aww, Hurduser, that was exactly what I wanted to do, too, as soon as I saw this thread :D

In any case, here's my voice. I didn't do the radiator sentence, because I couldn't pronounce it... it's a terrible tongue-twister!

I'm very interested in English accents. While I can usually tell that "it sounds different", I usually can't tell which part of the world it's from (Except French accent...)

What's it exactly that tells you where I'm from? Are there any weird mixtures (as in, stuff I picked up from very different accents?)


(Oh, yeah, by the way, I'm German, too)

Edit: I totally forgot to tell you about how at first I misread awed as if it were an old form of wedded... (not in the sample)
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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby crickets » Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:15 pm UTC

Hey, I'm Marilyn and i'm from Edmonton, Alberta. Canada. Y'know, north.

This is my silly reading voice... because i'm shy when recording.
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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby themonk » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:01 am UTC

Here's mine and I love this idea.

Accent info in spoiler, but try to guess first.

Spoiler:
My location: Atlanta, Georgia (11 years), before that Germany (5 yrs), before that Ireland
Where my accent's from (if different): Not really sure. Irish+neutral American? You can tell me.
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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby gmalivuk » Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:01 am UTC

themonk wrote:
Spoiler:
My location: Atlanta, Georgia (11 years), before that Germany (5 yrs), before that Ireland
Where my accent's from (if different): Not really sure. Irish+neutral American? You can tell me.

Spoiler:
Yeah, it's tempered a bit by the American, but I could definitely hear the Irish in there, especially with some of the consonants.
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Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

Postby mastered » Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:21 am UTC

This is cool. I can't hear my own accent very well, although I'm aware I have one - everyone has one, but I definitely have one.
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my accent
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So what do you think?

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I've lived in the US all my life, but moved a lot. Currently I'm in Northern California, suburban bay area. My parents are both Indian - mother north, father south - and my father has a pretty strong accent, but my mother doesn't really have one. She was born in Virginia and spent her first eight years there before moving to India, where she had to learn Hindi. She's really good with languages, and I kind of am too, if you'll forgive the brashness. I can pick up accents pretty quickly and well, but I tried to do this in my natural one.
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