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How to distinguish between different English accents?


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How to distinguish between different English accents? #1 (permalink) Mon Jun 16, 2008 19:24 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

Hi

I have a confession to make. Although there have been interminably long and acerbic discussions on different accents on this forum, and I have been following them like an ardent fan, to date I am unable to distinguish one from the other. :cry:

Tell me friends, how can I distinguish one accent from the other?

By the way, Sean Connery has been working in both American and British movies with one accent. Which accent does he have?

James Bond should have a British accent? :roll:

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My inability #2 (permalink) Mon Jun 16, 2008 19:41 pm   My inability
 

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James Bond should have a British accent?


He has. Scotland is part of Britain.
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My inability #3 (permalink) Mon Jun 16, 2008 23:21 pm   My inability
 

Tom wrote:
James Bond should have a British accent? :roll:

Tom

Hi Tom,

Sean Connery sounds 'British', but not distinctively Scottish. You can only hear a faint trace of Scotland in his accent.

Here's a Billy Connolly clip to convey an impression of a genuine (Glaswegian) Scottish accent.
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My inability #4 (permalink) Mon Jun 16, 2008 23:52 pm   My inability
 

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Sean Connery sounds 'British', but not distinctively Scottish. You can only hear a faint trace of Scotland in his accent.


Most would say he has a recognisable Scottish lilt. I'd say it was a soft Edinburgh accent with a little Guildhall RP thrown in.
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #5 (permalink) Tue Jun 17, 2008 23:55 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

Yeah, he does this a lot:

s --> sh

as in:

Thanksh
Fellash (actually the "zh" phoneme there)
Mish (Miss)

etc.
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #6 (permalink) Thu Jun 19, 2008 16:50 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

By the way, friends, you should also read the first three lines of my message.

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How to distinguish between different English accents? #7 (permalink) Thu Jun 19, 2008 17:39 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

Hi Tom

Since Molly claims to be able to recognize Sean Connery's accent in such extraordinary detail (and also believes that "most" would recognize his Scottish lilt), perhaps she will also provide you with the secret.

In the meantime, let me ask you this:
What accents can you identify? (I don't mean just English accents.)
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #8 (permalink) Fri Jun 20, 2008 16:09 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

prezbucky wrote:
Yeah, he does this a lot:

s --> sh

as in:

Thanksh
Fellash (actually the "zh" phoneme there)
Mish (Miss)

etc.


This is the exact reason why I think he's sooo blindingly handsome.
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #9 (permalink) Fri Jun 20, 2008 16:45 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

Even though he's older than dirt?

hehe
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #10 (permalink) Fri Jun 20, 2008 16:52 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

Okay, okay. You are way handsome than he is. :D

Are we alright now? :lol:
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #11 (permalink) Fri Jun 20, 2008 17:19 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

prezbucky wrote:
Even though he's older than dirt?

hehe
Hey PB
Haven't you heard that "older than dirt" can be extremely alluring to some people?
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #12 (permalink) Fri Jun 20, 2008 17:19 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

oh come on, now I look awful

That warn't (Southernism) my intention! I only meant to draw attention to the legend's age.

hehe

besides, I look like a dog.

;)
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #13 (permalink) Fri Jun 20, 2008 17:32 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

I suppose that's better than looking like an apple. :lol:
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #14 (permalink) Fri Jun 20, 2008 19:16 pm   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

Tom wrote:
Hi

I have a confession to make. Although there have been interminably long and acerbic discussions on different accents on this forum, and I have been following them like an ardent fan, to date I am unable to distinguish one from the other. :cry:

Tell me friends, how can I distinguish one accent from the other?


If you want to know how to distinguish the American accent from the British one or from the New-Zealand (aka kiwi ;) ) one, then in my opinion you don't need to have been following/reading "babbling" on accents :) All you have to do is listen to how people from different countries talk.

Somehow I learned how to tell the British accent from the American one, just by listening to accents, not reading about them.

My advice: watch movies in British/American/Kiwi English, also watch casts on youtube. :)
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How to distinguish between different English accents? #15 (permalink) Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:48 am   How to distinguish between different English accents?
 

There's something I've observed about the way the English and the Americans speak. Not sure if it's correct.

The Americans speak very fast without many pauses/breaks. The British on the other hand don't speak so fast, their speech isn't continuous.

Also, some of the accents of American women sound like British (to me, at least). For example, there's this lady who reads the weather report on CNN, she sounds British.
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