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Old 11-18-2001, 01:44 PM   #1
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Do non-American English speakers think American accents are ugly?

I would say that a large number of Americans find English/Irish/Scottish/Australian accents very pleasant to listen to, and I know that a lot of women love men with an accent. So I was wondering if the American accent was considered ugly or interesting or what. I've heard that British people think of American accents like Americans think of the southern accent, which probably isn't in a good light. So what do all you non-Americans have to say?

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I've heard that British people think of American accents like Americans think of the southern accent, which probably isn't in a good light. So what do all you non-Americans have to say?

Well, I AM an American...but I don't get the example about the way we think about Southern accents not being thought of in a good light. My fiance has a Southern accent, and it is adorable!


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interesting thread, Giant Lemon

I've always wondered that myself... like you said, I thinkk most Americans are intrigued by British/Irish/Scottish/Australian accents (I know I am), but I don't particularly care for US Southern accents

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no, you say "a boat" instead of "about"
I'm from Upper Michigan, but everybody tells me I say "a boot" instead of "about"...and I do not!


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The sexiest accent I know is a male American one...
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I never heart English without a accent.
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Staten Island accents are da best...

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I love one certain Scottish accent..
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Actually, Canadians do not say "aboot." We say "about" and Americans say "abowat."

I like pretty much all accents. The only time I find American accents ugly is if I'm watching an English show and most people have English accents and an American accent comes along. It sounds jarring and almost ugly. But then, I'm a Canadian and our accent (or lack thereof) is definitely closer to an American accent than an English one, so there you go.


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Sexiest accent= French-Canadian

Most annoying= Kiwi

Funniest= South African & Scottish(especially if you ever read any Irvine Walsh novels)

and in the grand scheme of things I would say that American accents are ok, nothing too special in my opinion, but generally when there is American here in Australia you will hear them before you see them first, why are they always so loud??????
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This is a great thread, eh?

I know that I have quite the Ottawa Valley accent...and that it can be pretty annoying at times!

I think that all accents are great! They make a person much more intriguing! But the less common ones (or should I say, the less common around here...so accents from pretty much anywhere excpet the States) are especially nice to listen to!

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accent give a person character, i think the more personalised ones are nice, like if you have ever heard this boxer called lennox lewis, he has a wicked accent, mixed english, jamaican and candian.
it's also funny when people from the US think that they do not hav an accent
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I've got a strong Boston accent... a lot of people tell me that they love it - but when I hear myself on a recording etc.... I want to cringe!!!

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Well, I AM an American...but I don't get the example about the way we think about Southern accents not being thought of in a good light. My fiance has a Southern accent, and it is adorable!
I don't mean to offend people with Southern accents- I used to live in Tennessee, and I have a lot of southern friends. It's just that sometimes people with strong southern accents are stereotyped as being dumb hicks/rednecks, etc. I'm not saying that they are hicks, but sometimes that's just how they're viewed. Unfortunately, I think that a southern accent denotes a number of negative things for non-Southerners. So, I guess I'm asking if American accents denote negative qualities as well.
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I like American accents. Especially Southern ones, does anyone else wonder at how long it takes for them to complete a sentance? Its so cool!

I cant stand certain pommy ones though. Any of the stronger broguey types like Cockney, my pet hate, are just so damn irritating. My mum was talking to some uncle the other day and he was making pommy 'ha ha' jokes, like "isnt it funny how you Australians say 'France', when we say 'Frarn-ce', like dance and darn-ce". Yeah I was pissing myself eh. I told mum to tell him he's a dickhead and to remove the cherry from his cheek. Toffee nosed twat. Anyway, where was I? Yeah yanks, they talk very cool. So do Kiwi's (choice eh bro?), Scots (even though I have NO clue what they are talking about-Emscorpio, wtf is a maw?) any really.

No offence to poms. You just make us all sound so ocker. Its quite soul destroying!
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