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  1. Sabrina Sabino March 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Haha, I suppose everyone’s got ‘an accent’ depending where they’re from. πŸ˜€ I was talking to this British guy who’s living in my country and I told him he had an interesting accent. I told an American friend of mine that his accent was interesting (Southern). My accent’s muddled but in my opinion, less ‘strained’ than both of these guys. If you’re not from ‘this’ part of town then you’ll have an accent. πŸ˜€

    • Jack March 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Hi Sabrina,

      Can’t disagree with you at all. Accents are a funny thing but they do lend themselves to being fodder for a good story or two.

  2. Hajra March 10, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I have an Indian accent and thanks to the London returned teachers I had; a little bit of the English accent here and there. Yes, but I am the Indian all in all!

  3. Trey Burley March 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Side tip, for those with an accent of any type that they want to erase: practice talking with a pencil in your mouth. With both sides of the pencil sticking out your tongue will get accustomed to a ‘middle American’ accent. It’s a trick from radio I learned back in the day.

  4. Trey Burley March 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Your vowels are rounded a bit like the north easterners, the ‘O’ is sharp like Chicago. Your ‘A’ too is also very much from that area.
    I have a mid American accent with occasional spurts of Irish or English. The overseas accents come in when I drink, ask a question to someone who I don’t know or when I talk really fast. I lived overseas a bit and the accent comes from that period of my life, go figure.

    • Jack March 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Trey,

      That is an interesting observation. I don’t think anyone has described my voice that way.

      With all the family I have in and from Chicago I suppose it makes sense.

      Where did you live overseas?

  5. Gina March 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Chicagoans never believe they have an accent. We generally think we are the middle and everyone varies from there. Sounds ridiculous but maybe we have a false sense of something.

    You sound a bit midwestern to me but I know you’re from way over there so who knows…

    • Jack March 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      That is the sort of description that all my cousins in Chicago would give. Don’t ask them about New Yorkers, ‘cuz there is some sort of weird competition between y’all.

  6. Jacob Yount March 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Yes, a North Carolinian accent. Working in global export, the folks, whether in Europe, Australia or folks in the States (outside of the South) seem to get a kick out of it.

    That’s unfortunate you don’t say “y’all”, Jack? The South is often pinpointed in the accent discussion, I think, is because we have a more unique drawl that’s not found in other parts of the country or globe. My wife is from China and just moved back to the South with me – her southern accent is coming along nicely.

    I find folks in the States find the southern accent as a novelty or either associate stupidity with it. In Australia they told me I spoke like a cowboy. In China I was told I talked like George Bush (this was a few years back).

    Depending on who I’m talking to, I can even play up the accent for charm points!

    • Jack March 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Jacob,

      Well, I have a drawl that shows up when I among others who have it. Don’t know why, but it comes out.

      I have done business with more than a few people who have tried to use that accent to their advantage.

      Learned a long time ago that the ‘redneck’ could be smarter and cleverer than I am. Always pay attention to the words and not the sound.

  7. Bill Dorman March 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I will mess you up; don’t be crackin’ on us Southerner’s. Yes, I say y’all and fixin to as I’m fixin to go to the store……….:). Talk about dialects, there is a difference from deep south like Georgia/Alabama vs Fla Cracker south. The Cracker doesn’t quite have the gentility of the deep south, it is more of a twang.

    And I thought for sure I detected a Compton accent on you, not LA…..:)

    • Jack March 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Uh oh, wouldn’t want to get the formerly invisible blogger all riled up now would I. πŸ˜‰

      Definitely a difference between Southerners, I have heard it.

      Sort of like Brooklyn versus Long Island.

  8. Billy Delaney March 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Yes I do.
    I used to dislike it.
    But…
    It is a favorite thingy in my life.
    It’s a Belfast accent, none, and I do mean none like it in all the world.
    Billy

  9. Annie Andre March 9, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Hmmm, I hear a little twang in your English. Its very slight. I can see a little Chicago in there.

    When i was a kid, I worked really hard to talk like an “AMERICUN”. toastmaster, looking in the mirror practicing. So no i don’t think i have an accent except when i go back home to Montreal to be with my family and it all just hangs out. My brain hurts less too.

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