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    Quote Originally Posted by ragashree View Post
    A lot of British speakers, particularly if they favour the variety of English known as Estuary, or the london speech from which it's derived, have actually largely done away with the hard "T" sound in favour of a sort of nasalised glottal stop.
    Is that when the Ts sound "exaggerated" & there's like a big air poof with it?
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    I have a Latvian accent and I've been asked quite often here (Denmark) whether I come from England, even tho I really don't sound English at all One of my American friends says that it sounds like I'm from Alaska (wtf ).
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    In English, I suppose I still have a clearly descernible French accent, but I'm wondering which part of the native English-speaking world has influenced me most.

    I guess I should connect to ventrilo here and ask.

    In French, on the other hand, I tend to speak rather slowly, very carefully and in a rather elaborated way. Academic Parisian accent. Not pedantic: just very clear.
    Although when I'm back in Brittany, I can revert to a Western Breton accent rather quickly. Bretons tend to speak French a little bit quicker, and they deeply accentuate the penultimate syllable, even if it is the first. They also often put the verb in the end of the sentence and invert subordinate clauses, just like we sometimes do in the Breton language.
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    People often get a little put off by my accent - 'cuz it's rather thick. Always need to 'wind down' just so I can communicate with people in a decent manner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    Hm, I don't think I do that....I will say that my Ts are not as differentiated from Ds as a British person's, but I think there is some distinction ("not" & "nod" do NOT sound the same from my mouth), and I definitely do not drop Ts. For example, I hate when people say "inneresting" instead of "inTeresting".
    They sound different if there's not a vowel after it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragashree View Post
    Pretty much Just imagine you have a really heavy cold.
    You mean like pronouncing "bottle" as "bot-el" or just "bo-el"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    Hm, I don't think I do that....I will say that my Ts are not as differentiated from Ds as a British person's, but I think there is some distinction ("not" & "nod" do NOT sound the same from my mouth), and I definitely do not drop Ts. For example, I hate when people say "inneresting" instead of "inTeresting".
    Most Americans' pronunciation of Ts followed by a vowel sound is known as 'flapped T', or the alveolar tap. Others imitating it often make it sound like a D though, just people with certain accents often make the Canadian 'about' sound like 'a boot' - it's the closest sound they have in their own accent and the real thing can be a bit tricky.

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