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Monotonous Czechs and insincere Americans: the way we talk
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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- especially from the former Confederate States


Gawd Bless them Cornfeds! (and keep them far away from me).
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
I often find non-native speakers easier to understand than native speakers who use unfamiliar intonation, lexis and structures. Most difficult for me are some American accents - especially from the former Confederate States !
Right. Give me a Thai whose English is so limited she has to read airline safety information off a card rather than a native speaker of Singlish, which isn't so much a dialect as sheer ignorance.

While I am not from the South, I am an American, and I find the Scottish accent, by far, the most difficult native accent to understand.

And yet, I remember seeing Max Baer (that's right, Jethro Bodine himself) on the tonight show years ago (an articulate and well spoken man in real life) and though he is a native Southerner, he remarked that there are Southern accents that even he could not understand. Well, 'Long live the difference,' as the French might say when they can speak English.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Scottish accent" ? there ain't no such thing brother - a huge variety exist from Stranraer via Glasgow and Edinburgh to Thurso and beyond !

You want REAL incomprehensibilty try Birmingham (England, not Alabama) or Liverpool.

On Scottish accents, sample this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9bioqXyblU
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
"The Scottish accent" ? there ain't no such thing brother - a huge variety exist from Stranraer via Glasgow and Edinburgh to Thurso and beyond !

You want REAL incomprehensibilty try Birmingham (England, not Alabama) or Liverpool.



Nah. The Glaswegian accent specifically is probably (famously!) the most difficult for native AND non-native speakers of English to understand.
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