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    Tavis Smiley's accent

    Hello, I watch the Tavis Smiley show on PBS and have a hard time understanding him, although I can get what most of his guests tell. Is this because of his Indiana state origin, and if so is this what Indiana accent looks like?

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    Re: Tavis Smiley's accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Aav 13 View Post
    Hello, I watch the Tavis Smiley show on PBS and have a hard time understanding him, although I can get what most of his guests tell. Is this because of his Indiana state origin, and if so is this what Indiana accent looks like?
    I've never heard of the show and I wouldn't know an Indiana accent if I heard one, but I can tell you that the final part of your question should read "... is this what an Indiana accent sounds like?"
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Tavis Smiley's accent

    I watched a few minutes and didn't find his accent hard to follow, but he did speak fast and mumble a bit at times.

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    Re: Tavis Smiley's accent

    I would describe Tavis Smiley's accent as slightly mid-western. The mid-western accent of AmE is characterized by several false vowel sounds. Nevertheless, it is easily comprehensible to all native speakers of AmE. If you find him hard to understand I suspect that you also have some trouble with the standard CNN accent. His is not very far from that.

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    Re: Tavis Smiley's accent

    I think he may, as his show is on BET, allow himself to use terms from AAVE, which makes people new to that dialect find it harder to understand.

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