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Old 2nd May 2014, 16:10
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The world's best and worst accents...

Now I know we shouldn't judge people by their accents but let's be honest, some are better than others.

I am proud and delighted to have a South African accent which of course (as everybody knows) is a charming, intelligent, nay, sexy one...


What accent do you have, is it a miserable whiny Brummie one like Nigel Mansell's or do you sound like the chap that did the voice over for Shere Khan in the Disney film version of the Jungle Book (good if you work as a Senior Captain for a British airline for example)?

Don't be shy because whereever you come from there's bound to be someone with a worse accent than you...!

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Old 2nd May 2014, 16:16
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Accent? Accent?

As i keep telling all these blerry Seth Effricans, I don't have an accent!

I speak English.
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Old 2nd May 2014, 16:27
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I speak English!
Ah Ian that sounds like an Afrikaans friend of mine who was mortally offended by the following sketch... her point was they they are all speaking English and therefore are not Afrikaners...

Actually the sketch is a true calumny because most Afrikaans cabin crew I have met have been charming in any language but must admit I did laugh at this anyway... (despite the dodgy Afrikaans accents)...


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Old 2nd May 2014, 16:35
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South Africa? Is that part of Canada? Or is it in New Hampshire?

Having been born and raised in NYC I certainly had a very strong NYC accent. Things like cawfee, for coffee, or yawk for New York.

However, I spent many moons living in different areas of the United States and also in Europe. I found out that my NYC accent didn't always make me understandable to others so I worked on dissolving myself of that seeming affliction.

To date, everyone I meet has a hard time placing me due to my lack of any accent whatsoever.
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Old 2nd May 2014, 16:41
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I don't have any accent. Many other people do, however.
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Old 2nd May 2014, 16:46
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RGB as Higgins...

To date, everyone I meet has a hard time placing me due to my lack of any accent whatsoever.
Ah like some of those refined American stars of the 1950s movies (think Orson Welles)... or even Higgins from the TV series Magnum P.I. from the 70s.

I mean listen to this guy (he is from Texas for goodness sake)...


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Old 2nd May 2014, 16:54
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To me the most gruesome to the ears is the English accent, where they draw out the last syllable of a sentence. 'Please come and see me at the officeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee', 'We welcome you onboard this flight to Londonnnnnnnnnnnn'.

I have a Copenhagen accent, or rather an Amager accent, to be precise. It's not very pretty, but then again the language in itself is a bit of throat disease.
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... the chap that did the voice over for Shere Khan in the Disney film version of the Jungle Book (good if you work as a Senior Captain for a British airline for example)?
That would be George Sanders who carved out a good career playing smoothies. The excellent Roger Allam who plays the first officer who is really the captain in Radio 4's Cabin Pressure has a very similar voice.

Favourite accent - has to be Norfolk - least favourite a toss-up between Brummie and Scouse!
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Brum has to be the worst UK accent, apart from being ugly it makes the speaker sound stupid. I've had four days there this week to confirm my sentiments. Favourite UK accent, Narn Irish by far, although there are variants which are less attractive than others.

As for foreigners speaking English, I loathe the French accent specially when spoken by whining women in a silly nasal 'little girl' voice that they think is sexy. Best, Polish, I think.
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My ex comes from the area of Liverpool. The Wirral to be precise. I always thought her accent, as well as the same accent of her friends and family of that area, rather grating. I'm not one able to discern the different nuances in English accents but that one always seemed to grate on my nerves. I believe that's a Scouse accent?
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One should be aware that a real Englishman does not have an accent.
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One should be aware that a real Englishman does not have an accent.
"It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him."
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Favourite UK accent, Narn Irish by far, although there are variants which are less attractive than others.
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When I was working in Houston TX I one of the bimbos in my group asked me if I could 'do her a favour'. I was hoping it wasn't going to be what those of us with dirty minds might imagine as she was about three times my size. She was from some hick town in Georgia (US, not Tbilisi) and one of the other US American girls said even they had difficulty understanding her.

When I asked what she meant, she said : "See, y'all got a real strong accent and we can't understand you .......... could y'all try and speak REAL ENGLISH like we do ..........!"
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Whatever Lee Mack sounds like it isn't South African - Monegasque perhaps?

I've never heard a good imitation of the various Afrikaans accents (of which to my mind the funniest is the Pretoria sound) by a non-Afrikaans speaker. My brother tries (and thinks he's very good) but in fact sounds more like the Muppets Swedish Chef.

But there's nothing to beat Salt River, Ravensmead or Manenberg - along with a whiff of pickled fish...

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Oh, just thought of another one that really grinds my gears: German, as spoken in the Eastern (former DDR) part of the country. It's harsh, has no rhythm and is just plain ugly. Comes into its own, so to speak, when uttered by a 'person of authority'.

On the other hand, I really like the Austrian version of German. Not that of Vienna, mind, it's snobbish, rather that spoken in the Tirolean part of the country.

English-English is not, in my opinion, a very pretty language these days.
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To my mind, the "generic" American accent is easy to understand and does not place the speaker in any particular region of the country. Curiously, a few years ago many the main presenters on the US evening TV network news had a toned-down Ontario accent.

The Nu Yawk accent is best forgotten.

One of my co-workers was from North Florida and went to graduate school at the Univ of Miami (Fla). Educated Miami speaks with a northern / generic accent. He HAD to rapidly lose his regional "Southern" accent to avoid ridicule. He said that after three days back at his north-Florida home, the Southern accent was returning.
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I just logged on and was speed reading your post when I came across this

" is it a miserable whiny Brummie one like Nigel Mansell's"

and did a double take , thinking how does he know my accent and name

Although the Brummie accent has kind of gone now although some pick it up.


Had a GF who had an awesome Irish accent that used to be stronger when
she was with her parents
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Old 2nd May 2014, 18:44
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Worst: Essex girl - far whinier than the Brummie accent, and at least whilst Brummies sound dumb they also sound sincere.

The best accent is a foreign one.

My relatively polished English accent, with a hint of Australian, seems very popular over here.
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