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    Got to get a New York accent

    Hi all! Can you give me some tutorials for getting a new york accent? I've already found some videos on YouTube like these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwQtc2qYCBc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcUkSJvHAfQ
    but I'm sure that they do not sound like New Yorkers. So what do I do? I am familiar with the American accent and my accent is closer to a southern one (I asked a native speaker!).
    Cheers!

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    Re: Got to get a New York accent

    Hello,
    Welcome to Using English.

    Can you explain WHY you want a New York accent in particular?
    There are several different accents in New York alone.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Got to get a New York accent

    I'm planning to live there and that's why I need to pick up a New York accent. I'm a teen (who's already able to pronounce a lot of words like a native) so I think it'll be easy to learn. I just need some good tutorial to start working on my New York accent
    Thanks for the reply!

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    #4

    Re: Got to get a New York accent

    You do know that it's not necessary to speak a foreign language with the specific accent of the area you're moving to, don't you?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Got to get a New York accent

    Many people who live in New York City do not have an accent that sounds like that. To many (including me) that type of accent sounds rough, uneducated, and/or unsophisticated.

    Unless you are a professional actor, there is little reason to try to have this accent. And I grew up in New York State.
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    Re: Got to get a New York accent

    So you want to say that it'll better If I speak with my fake southern accent (that gives myself away because I still don't sound like a native speaker)? I don't want Americans/Brits (etc) to think that I'm a foreigner.

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    Re: Got to get a New York accent

    It is very rare for someone not to be spotted as a foreigner unless they have lived in a country for many years, picked up the language completely fluently and totally lost their native accent.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Got to get a New York accent

    Your fake accent may pass in New York City but not for anyone who has lived in the South. There are few things more annoying than hearing someone pretend to speak a way that is not their native speech pattern. Do NOT worry about sounding "local." Worry about speaking clearly and being understandable.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: Got to get a New York accent

    Most non-native speakers in London sound nothing like Cockneys, but this has little or no effect on their professional life.

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    Re: Got to get a New York accent

    Last edited by PHenry1026; 12-Jul-2014 at 11:12.

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