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    What kind of accent do you have, from your perspective?

    Me... I guess maybe like 80% General American(cali and/or midwest in character)... + 20% undefined Asian/Other

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    I have a Lancashire accent, it's more of a generic one than one from a specific part of Lancashire (I'm from Preston).

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    InLand North; originally from around Detroit in Michigan, USA. It's moderated some since I've lived in Virginia for a long time but it's mostly the speed of talking has slowed down rather than pronunciation has changed.

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    Mine is mostly Kentish/East London with the odd Bristolian word here and there
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    Probably mostly General American, with some Central Pennsylvania and coastal Mississippi influence from my parents. I hear the Central Pennsylvanian occasionally, in some words, and inwardly cringe. I do not say things like "warsh" for "wash". I also don't say any form of "y'uns" -- and my father scrupulously avoided that, too, along with "crick" for "creek". However, his siblings and their kids still generally say them.

    On the other side, I don't say "sofer" for "sofa" as my mother did, but I do occasionally hear some "southern Mississippian" creeping in, mostly when I talk to anyone with a southern accent. It isn't deliberate; it just happens.

    Certain words I had to deliberately learn to pronounce in the "standard" way (for Americans). An example would be "strength", where I now pronounce the "ng" sound. Until university, I would have said "strenth" and had no idea that this wasn't "correct".

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    I live in Pittsburgh currently. Western Pennsylvanian (which locals wrongly refer to as "Pittsburgh English", even though it isn't limited just to the city or even the surrounding county) and Central Pennsylvanian are really just variants of each other, although "y'uns" (you ones) seems a bit more comprehensible to me than western PA's "yinz".

    The Central Pennsylvania accent of uncles, aunts, and cousins on my fathers side is much stronger than mine because they still live in the area, which is very rural. Pittsburgh, being larger, has more "outside influences", which have a somewhat moderating influence.
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    I never got that inserted "R"; according to my mother I had trouble with that sound when learning to talk. She says people thought I had a Boston accent! The rest of the family does--I live near Warshington, DC. I saw a couple of articles about the "Michigan accent", I hadn't realized I still had one. I have to think to say "mirror", for instance, or else it still comes out "meer".......

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    My English accent? Something close to NDTV and other Indian English media newsreader accent (what is typically spoken in pockets of metropolitan cities in India and considered the standard Indian English) but with a definite southern-Indian-influenced lilt to it. I am also rather not super-fluent in English. When it comes to Hindi, I like to believe that I have no strong accent at all and that I can sound almost identical to standard accents of Hindi newsreaders, though I usually never speak that language. I have a newsreader type accent (but with simplified syllables and with a lot of intermediate vowels in words removed, as common with most colloquial speakers of Telugu) for my mother tongue Telugu as well, and the accent usually used by the newsreaders is called one central coastal accent a (somewhat low-class-ish) variety of which also happens to be my native dialect and the one spoken at home, so shifting to the newsreader way of talking was not at all difficult for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthroin View Post
    My English accent? Something close to NDTV and other Indian English media newsreader accent (what is typically spoken in pockets of metropolitan cities in India and considered the standard Indian English) but with a definite southern-Indian-influenced lilt to it. I am also rather not super-fluent in English. When it comes to Hindi, I like to believe that I have no strong accent at all and that I can sound almost identical to standard accents of Hindi newsreaders, though I usually never speak that language. I have a newsreader type accent (but with simplified syllables and with a lot of intermediate vowels in words removed, as common with most colloquial speakers of Telugu) for my mother tongue Telugu as well, and the accent usually used by the newsreaders is called one central coastal accent a (somewhat low-class-ish) variety of which also happens to be my native dialect and the one spoken at home, so shifting to the newsreader way of talking was not at all difficult for me.
    I've been learning Hindi and people usually can't tell that I'm not a native speaker upon hearing it...but what's weird is the moment I switch to "Indian English" my south Indian accent comes out lol. I know theres very subtle difference between the standard and south Indian accent - something about the intonation and stressing your s's...
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    Indeed! I really like how the south-Indian-influenced standard Indian English accents sound. That's why I rather unapologetically and proudly used the word "lilt" to indicate this lol. But somehow this southern influence only amplifies beauty when injected into a skeleton of an accent that already has at least a lot of standard TV English-like characteristics. The pure southern accents without any tinge of standard urban English can be very, how to put it, not-so-beautiful, and especially the middle-aged-uncle-type pure Telugu accent when speaking English is rather unappealing to me lol.

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