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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    midwestern accent= lack of distinctive regional characteristics that set apart all other parts of the us

    in surveys they say that the midwestern accent is the most american of all accents- also that of people on television and newscasters and such
    I think you mean western, as in like the west coast. Even then, there's still an accent, it's just more of a lowest common denominator in terms of American accents. The midwestern states are definitely set apart.

    And if you think you don't have an accent- you will when you visit a different part of the country or the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmail! View Post
    Well.

    For a foreign ear, Deep South accents are more typical, and hence, more identifiable, more instantly recognized.
    Yes, from what I understand the Southern accent in the USA is more similar to some English-speaking accents in the UK, that we (I say "we" because I was born and raised in the Southeastern U.S.) maintained a semblance to our linguistic roots because of rural isolation and such. Heh.

    That reminds me, I do also like a sort of Northern England accent.



    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    Russians sound evil to me. Funny how so many people like that accent .
    Evil? LOL! I don't hear that. Of course, I am one of those people who like it. Do you have some weird associations with Russian accents from television or something?

    I think German accents are *much* more harsh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    I think you mean western, as in like the west coast. Even then, there's still an accent, it's just more of a lowest common denominator in terms of American accents. The midwestern states are definitely set apart.

    And if you think you don't have an accent- you will when you visit a different part of the country or the world.
    You're thinking Northern midwestern. Which is completely different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    I think you mean western, as in like the west coast. Even then, there's still an accent, it's just more of a lowest common denominator in terms of American accents. The midwestern states are definitely set apart.

    And if you think you don't have an accent- you will when you visit a different part of the country or the world.
    I'm going by what I learned in linguistics... and I'm from Indiana, not Minnesota

    the indiana, ohio, non-chicago Illinois and iowa accent is the "midwestern accent" usually- and it's what news broadcaster speak is based on- I get accused of sounding like a newscaster when I travel to other regions of the country
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfisher View Post
    are any of you in relationships with someone who has a significantly different accent from you?
    my wife and i have fairly different accents.
    My last boyfriend had a Mexican accent and my father has a deep Puerto Rican accen't, where my mother has an American accent.

    Lots and lots of accents all over the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    I'm going by what I learned in linguistics... and I'm from Indiana, not Minnesota

    the indiana, ohio, non-chicago Illinois and iowa accent is the "midwestern accent" usually- and it's what news broadcaster speak is based on- I get accused of sounding like a newscaster when I travel to other regions of the country
    I see what you're saying. I guess it's just Chicago and Wisconsin/Minnesota that are really set apart from the rest of the country, now that I think about it. When I think of the Midwest, I think of that entire area, that's why I was saying what I said before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon Candle View Post
    BRAZILIAN

    how am i the first to nominate??? they are the hottest, BY FAR
    Oh no...I nominated them already

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    what... you think they should address you as Mr Bond and threaten to lower you into a vat of boiling acid or something?
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    Evil? LOL! I don't hear that. Of course, I am one of those people who like it. Do you have some weird associations with Russian accents from television or something?
    That must be it...I have no idea why otherwise. They just sound SCARY.

    I think German accents are *much* more harsh.
    German accents remind me of my grandparents (who didn't sound "harsh" to me at all) , so I have positive associations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon Candle View Post
    BRAZILIAN

    how am i the first to nominate??? they are the hottest, BY FAR
    Puerto Rico, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Italy - these accents all sound the same IMHO, as long as the speaker's english is good (they will sound more and more difference as you go from "good speaker" to "barely understandable").
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    texas women

    my former boss was the nicest sweetest texas woman ever. beautiful and 10 years older than me at the time. wow... memory of her voice and touch still sends shivers up my spine...

    =D

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    Euro English

    American Southern can be hot too... Not hick southern but refined southern

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