Do you like your local English dialect?

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  1. English is quickly becoming the world's most commonly spoken non-primary language and it's spoken commonly across all the inhabited continents.

    But what makes English so strange to learn is that from continent to continent, country to country, and region to region, English is spoken in different styles and different accents.

    Since Iwaku is an English speaking website, we're all in places where we have peculiar dialects.

    Do you like the dialect of English spoken in your locale? If not, what is your favorite dialect?

    I live in Texas and we speak in a Southern American accent. I LOVE IT. I feel it sounds very homely and welcoming and friendly, and its hard NOT to be fascinated with the accent. I speak with it on the phone to sound a little more warm and, when I was a waiter, I used it a LOT with out-of-towners since they found it so unusual. Often earned me a good tip that way. Unfortunately if you pick some REAL SOUTHERN STYLE WORDS OR PRONUNCIATION, you run the risk of sounding uneducated.

    If I could speak with a different English dialect I would definitely pick East Indian English. I just love the way it sounds, even though a lot of people don't like it. I love the way the letter r in this accent plays with your tongue and how it sounds so soothing. Gets all my sensory organs in a nice tingle bahaha.
    #1 Levusti, Aug 3, 2015
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  2. I'm from Southern California. As far as we're concerned, we have no accent because most of what we say is pretty flat... I think. I tend to speak too fast, or combine two words into one big word. It's all about the lingo down here, really. I've had mid-westerners tell me to slow down and stop calling them dude, but do you realize how hard that is? It's ingrained in my very psyche, man. I can't just stop.

    Anyway, I'm quite fond of irish accents. The Louisiana cajun accent is a special favorite of mine, as well.
  3. I can NOT stand the southern accents here in Florida. Good lord do I want to smash a brick on faces. No offense if you have a southern accent and are on Iwaku.



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  4. I love my SoCal accent.

  5. Like, totally.
  6. The nuances of language in BC don't bother me; it's kind of a mashup though. I hear all kinds of accents on a daily basis, from locals and people in other cities; some sound more Eastern and have newfie bits like saying "Kerr" instead of "car", there's a bunch of european and asian accents, too. American accents are mostly from tourists passing through.
  7. No one speaks English in Sweden I: Everyone KNOWS English, but no one speaks it. Except if you give directions to a lost tourist or something. Everyone knows Swedish, and everyone aren't good at English, so people stick to what they know everyone knows. I've never noticed a set dialect. I have known people with British and American dialects and people with thick Swedish or Finnish accents. It all depends from person to person, how much English they are listening to and how much English they speak in their every day life.

    As for my own accent... One day I will get rid of it. No matter how high on @Arcadia Lumina s favorite list it is. I: KILL THE SWEDISH ACCENT D:
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  8. The local dialect is not my own.

    I'm grateful for that. Truly.

    I love my upper midwest accent. :D
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  9. I alternate from vague Scandinavian accent to Undistinguished European accent.
  10. I have a South Ontario accent that's pretty similar to American Northeastern. It's alright, but it's not really distinct in any way.
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  11. I'm from Australia k and I think everyone knows how a stereotypical Aussie sounds right?

    However, from what I have experienced, it seems that there's kind of a scale with how...'harsh' the accent is. From what I have seen in the city, the people there don't really have that strong accent. However once you go into like the countryside or somewhere like that, you have deal with the Aussie jargon a lot more than usual XD.

    Apparently, it is very easy to lose the accent as well.

    For me...well, despite learn about 99.99% of my English in Australia, people have commented that I sound oddly American (IDEK). All I really do is just stress the 'r' sound a little bit more than your usual Aussie (they don't really stress the 'r'), so they people can tell whether I said pawn or porn.
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    Going on topic, my accent's a tad weird. It can bounce between Liverpudlian, Irish, and somehow American when I'm listening to myself.
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  15. As someone growing up in south-west England, I have had to grow up around people with the Somerset accent. I imagine a lot of people here do not know what that sounds like, so for entirely educational purposes I am going to link you to a video. It may scare some of you. It may shock some of you... but it is the most accurate representation of my native accent.

    Here it is. For those of you who now have a morbid curiousity, or are just masochistic, here's another example. Alternatively, if the prospect of hearing these scares you too much, which it reasonably should, think back to the iconic pirate accent. That accent is based on ours.

    This was especially prominent in the city I was born, but I was raised out of the city so the accent is mostly muted. It still comes out a little bit, typically in words that end in a harsh "arr" or "urr" sound. Typically though my accent is the sterile, "normal" accent typically found in central-England and some of the London area. I have no particularly strong feelings about it; if anything I like it because everyone online says I sound posh and polite, which I'm not, but I'm happy to let them believe the illusion for a short while.
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  16. I'm from Oregon, the Portland area specifically, and the local accent here that I've picked up is very close to what is called the General American accent, which is considered the sort of neutral accent. If you've ever noticed that tons of news reporters, politicians, and entertainers of various brands seem to share a very similar accent, that is because many people work to shed their native accent to get as close to the GA accent as possible, because it appeals to a broad audience by making you sounds like you're not from anywhere in particular and thus are not automatically identified as being from somewhere other than where the listener is from. The Portland accent is pretty close to it, and I've got it... though I also have a lisp that alters things, so that fucks with it.

    I like a lot of the British English accents, though Welsh English speakers are probably my favorite. I also enjoy some of the South African English accents I've heard, because they end up sounding sort of like a mix between parts of posh England English and Australian English.
  17. Like Jorick, I am from the North West and have a general accent. I have been told that my accent is "Strongly American" according to some non-American outsiders.
  18. I’m from London, and we have a whole mix of accents here. I like them all, and can’t really pick a favourite!

    My accent actually changes depending on where I am and who I am talking to; with close friends and family I talk with a fairly ‘common’ London accent, but with strangers and the general public (I’m in retail and also teach Karate) I become soft-spoken and slightly posh, apparently. It’s something my sister does, too, and we both got it from our mum :D
  19. Y'all think the British accents are golden but I live near wales and jfc that accent. I can't deal with.
  20. I live in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

    I've never noticed any real accent there... But then again I live there, I probably just see it as normal.
    I mean people online have gone "Ummm yea, you guys have Accents" to me before, but they've never been able to describe what or how.

    +If any of you have heard me over mic please know my voice is NOT the norm.
    My voice is the result of having a lisp as a result of having had Autism, a lisp that just simply never went away.
    In fact it's the only part of my Autism to not vanish via therapy, kind of like that scar which refuses to heal away?
    But I like the 'scar', people seem to see it as a legitimate accent but are always puzzled as to where, and watching them desperately try to figure it out is hilarious! XD

    As for Accent's that I do like?
    British, end of story.
    I know that's vague, there's about 20 different ones... And I love them all and I cannot for the life of me find one that I like more than the others.
    But if Arcadia likes it then it has to be good! ;A;
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