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    #1

    What my accent sounds like?

    Hello,

    I relocated to Australia 4 months ago and I have heard about 15 different interpretations of the origin of my accent. It got me curious.
    I recorded myself reading a part of an article from today's New York Times.
    What do you think?

    http://vocaroo.com/i/s0RiMmdzofST

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: What my accent sounds like?

    It sounds to me most like a southern American accent, with a few aberrations as one would expect from a non-native speaker. It comes from your rhotic accent (pronouncing all of the Rs), your velarisation of "L" in all positions and your reduction of the diphthong /aɪ/ (the long "i" sound) to a monophthong, something like /aː/.

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    #3

    Re: What my accent sounds like?

    I'm not sure about your accent, but you seem to have picked up AmE pronunciation.
    I think your English is very good. (You're reading the text a bit fast (for me), though.)

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    #4

    Re: What my accent sounds like?

    Hey, this is a fun one!

    You're using a news report involving the U.S., but you don't sound American to me: ductor, hospitoh, physeecian, ambolance. And I don't think you're European, Asian, or Latin American. How about somewhere in...Africa? Can't wait to fine out. I love being wrong!

    This is like the scene in Pygmalion and My Fair Lady about the ruder pest from Budapest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvvk5n9lQF0
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 06-Aug-2014 at 03:19.

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    #5

    Re: What my accent sounds like?

    So tell us! Greenland? Iceland? Antartica? Malta? Yellowknife?

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    #6

    Re: What my accent sounds like?

    I'm going to stick my neck out and say Lithuania.

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    #7

    Re: What my accent sounds like?

    Can't go wrong with Lithuania!

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    #8

    Re: What my accent sounds like?

    Hey, come on, Kendall, don't leave us hanging!

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    #9

    Re: What my accent sounds like?

    I sincerely hope it's Lithuania. If it's not, then kendallomf has put false information in her member profile.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: What my accent sounds like?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I sincerely hope it's Lithuania. If it's not, then kendallomf has put false information in her member profile.
    I respect all alter egos, pseudonyms, pseudobiographies, nommes de plume, nommes de guerre, multiple personality disorders, reorders, and new world orders.

    And that explains why it doesn't sound like an English accent quite neatly, doesn't it?

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