Post by Patty
: I think Nicole Kidman does great accents.
: I have lived in the States for nearly 4 years and my American family and
: friends still hear my Aussie accent however, my Australian family and
: friends think I sound like a yank ...can't win either way I guess
My childhood best friend as an adult first moved from The States to
New Zealand and then to Australia. When I talk to her on the phone,
she has an accent but it's not Aussie or Kiwi, it's some sort of hybrid.
Aussies say she doesn't sound Australian, probably not strine enough.
When I was in Scotland I met a Scottish woman who had married an
American and lived in the states for something like fifteen years.
Her mother kept saying "doesn't she sound like an American?"
"No, she sounds British to me." Her mother swore she didn't
sound much different than me. Truth is she had a hybrid accent,
neither British nor American, definitely not American.
I had a Brazilian visiting me and he recorded one of our fun
conversations. Later I met another Brazilian who came to
visit me and I played the tape for him. He said the other
Brazilian sounded just like an American when he spoke
English. Believe me, he did not, he had an accent,
one of those wonderful Brazilian accents but the second
guy could not hear it.
I had a conversation with an older Italian guy who had lived
in Canada for most of his adult life, and now that he was
retired, he spent three months of the year in Italy. He had a
strong Italian accent when he spoke English. I asked
him what language he dreamed in and he said English.
I said do you have an accent when you dream and he
said "I don't have an accent."
It's funny--while I was living down south in Georgia, everybody thought
I was just another damn yankee from my accent (which, I'd been told in
the past, was distinctly northern New England), but I must have picked
up *some* of the native accent, or at least some of the flow and cadence
of it, because for the first year or so I was back in Boston, everyone
assumed I was a southerner, and even now people will look at me strangly
and say "*Where* are you from?". "Northern New Hampshire, originally,
but I *did* spent 8 1/2 years in Athens, GA..." at which point you can
see the little lightbulb snap on over their heads as they think "Oh,
*that's* where the funny accent comes from!" Apparently my southern
accent gets stronger when I'm spinning yarns of whatever variety, which
doesn't bother me--a southern accent just naturally seems to go with
storytelling--but I do feel as if I don't "fit in" in either place at
this point--yankees think I'm a southerner, and southerners think I'm a
yankee. I've also noticed a tendency in myself to want to start using a
British accent when spending significant time around folks from the UK,
which I try to squelch lest I embarass myself even further...perhaps
this explains at least some of Madonna's accent?
Robin the mad photographer (theoretically, with my hearing damage, it's
a wonder I can talk at all, much less pick up any kind of accent...)
I am happy to be an American. Nowhere else could a Jew with a giant
nose engage in tongue play with an African American with a fabulous
tush after winning an Academy Award on live television for playing a
Holocaust survivor and not have someone declare a holy war against us.