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posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:04 PM
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a reply to: highfromphoenix

I know what you mean. I'm originally from Indiana and people in Oklahoma commented on my accent when I lived there.




posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:07 PM
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originally posted by: DAZ21
a reply to: Skid Mark

Definitely varied in the UK, many Americans think we all talk like the queen or from London. In fact in London alone depending on the area the accents change. But every 50 miles or so the accent changes noticeably.

There are some dialects that Americans would struggle with, like harsh brummie, scouse and geordie.

That reminds me of National Lampoons European Vacation. It's the part where Clark was having trouble understanding what somebody was saying to him.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:08 PM
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originally posted by: macpdm
a reply to: Skid Mark

For such a small country the accents here are very varied even roughly 20mls in each direction from my home in Cheshire to Stoke On Trent or Manchester or Liverpool. All very distinct.

I had no idea. You just gave me something else to puzzle over. Why so many in such a small area?



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:11 PM
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a reply to: DISRAELI

I tried to sound British once and sounded so horrible I never did it again. I know somebody that sounds like Schrek when he does it. Not very convincing. Dick van Dyke was awful. That was down right embarrassing.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:13 PM
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a reply to: nonspecific

Is that because of how words are pronounced, slang, or both?



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:14 PM
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Idris Elba was great in The Wire, when I met him I was blown away to find out he was from the UK. His accent was great in the television show.



edit on 24-6-2015 by AugustusMasonicus because: networkdude has no beer



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:15 PM
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Idris Alba has a pretty decent American accent in the wire...

From the snippets I've heard he also did quite well with Nelson Mandela's portrayal.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:16 PM
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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
Idris Elba was great in The Wire, when I met him I was blown away to find out he was from the UK. His accent was great in the television show.




Beat me to it, and spelt his name correctly...

I've brought shame on myself.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:17 PM
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originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
I've brought shame on myself.


He is going to commandeer your vehicle and ram it into a alien spaceship for that.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:19 PM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

Shrek has a Scottish accent.

Ray Winstone's accent in The Departed left a lot to be desired.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:21 PM
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originally posted by: Skid Mark
a reply to: nonspecific

Is that because of how words are pronounced, slang, or both?


Partly words but mostly down tothe accent. The UK has some very broad accents.

I imagine the Us is the same but on a wider scale.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:22 PM
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originally posted by: Skid Mark
a reply to: nonspecific

Is that because of how words are pronounced, slang, or both?


Both, and the Scots use different words as well.


A Londoner would say;
"That's a small handbag"

A Glaswegian would say;
"That's a wee handbag"




What accent did Gerard Butler have in 300?
I can't recall him using his Scottish accent.
edit on 24-6-2015 by CharlieSpeirs because: (no reason given)



Edit: No I remember now he did use his Scottish accent...

This... Is... Spar Taaaaar
edit on 24-6-2015 by CharlieSpeirs because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:23 PM
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originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
a reply to: Skid Mark

Shrek has a Scottish accent.

Ray Winstone's accent in The Departed left a lot to be desired.


Shrek is Mike Myers doing what he thinks is a broad Scottish accent.

I have never heard Ray winstone doing anthing other than Ray Winstone cokney, that would be odd.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:25 PM
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originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs

originally posted by: Skid Mark
a reply to: nonspecific

Is that because of how words are pronounced, slang, or both?


Both, and the Scots use different words as well.


A Londoner would say;
"That's a small handbag"

A Glaswegian would say;
"That's a wee handbag"




What accent did Gerard Butler have in 300?
I can't recall him using his Scottish accent.


Edit: No I remember now he did use his Scottish accent...

This... Is... Spar Taaaaar


In fairness a proper Scot would say " thasnofukinmine" in response to a handbag. If pressed it would be "ahthaastheweelassies"



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:26 PM
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a reply to: nonspecific

Yeah, I should have said "an attempt at a Scottish accent"...


The Departed is a great film...
Ray Winstone plays a great character...
Only with, what I assume was, a Boston accent.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:28 PM
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originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
a reply to: nonspecific

Yeah, I should have said "an attempt at a Scottish accent"...


The Departed is a great film...
Ray Winstone plays a great character...
Only with, what I assume was, a Boston accent.


If you want to know a good film with a good accent then Ray Winstone in Scum says it all.

Although do not watch that film it's horrible.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:28 PM
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a reply to: nonspecific

Hahaha

Spot on.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:28 PM
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originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
Only with, what I assume was, a Boston accent.


Southie accent, even worse than a Boston accent.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:29 PM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

Yes to be honest the use of the word pants is a bit 90,s here but I still like it and its softer than other profanities often used. Related to pants over here the word trousered gets used mostly for when a person gets drunk.

Band of brothers needs to be in your dvd collection dude. Absolutely fantastic.



posted on Jun, 24 2015 @ 06:29 PM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

I have always found an American accent difficult to do.




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