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Video of a woman speaking English with a Haitian accent?

I'd like to hear English spoken with various Haitian accents (French or Haitian Creole). I'm having a surprisingly difficult time finding a link on YouTube. The speaker's topic doesn't matter at all; I just want to hear some different Haitian-English accents, ideally spoken by women. Any links or search term suggestions? Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus on Oct 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Why Does My English Suck?

I have been speaking English for 2/3 of my life, yet I still think my English sucks. Care to enlighten me why? [more inside]
posted by pixxie on Sep 23, 2014 - 37 answers

What is it about old radio broadcasts that makes them so distinctive?

What is it about the audio in old radio or TV broadcasts that makes them identifiable as "old"? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Sep 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Origion of the Edmonton/Norther Alberta drawl

Does anyone know the origins and evolution of the northern Alberta drawl? Does it originate with Texas oil people that moved north, or is it a local evolution? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Aug 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Trying to jump the accent divide

One of our new IT vendors at work makes heavy use of an Indian workforce. Conference calls have become a challenge as we try to work through their accents. I recognize that I have a responsibility to do what I can to meet them halfway on the conversation. Are there podcasts, online radio streams, etc. that I can listen to where people from India are speaking in English so I can acclimate my ears to their peculiarities of their accents? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus on Jul 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Why does Mickey Doyle sound so familiar to this middle aged Brit?

Watching S4 Boardwalk Empire I’m struck by how much the imagery, characters and music recall childhood memories of American cartoons. Mickey Doyle’s way of speaking is really familiar to me, why is that? [more inside]
posted by Ness on Mar 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Pittsburgh radio spot, early 90s

When I lived in the Pgh area, one of the drive-time radio shows would occasionally host a spot from a guy who'd give a 5-minute rant in the most perfectly raw Pgh accent you could ever imagine. I don't recall much about his persona -- just another working stiff from Steeltown -- but his pitch-perfect voice was a major element in the act. Any memories?
posted by LonnieK on Feb 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Insincerity and the spoken voice.

People often put on a 'funny voice' or accent for emphasis or just in general conversation. This is possibly a reaction to their company but possibly some kind of psychological obfuscation? Does askmetafilter know of any any research into the way people put on funny voices for emphasis when they say things? Accents and intonations etc. Google has not been kind to finding ideas or starting points.
posted by debord on Feb 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Heeft een van de commentatoren in deze video hebben W. Vlaamse accent?

Does one of the commentators in this video have a West Flemish accent? [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Sep 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Nailing a foreign accent

Do you know of any videos that feature dead on imitations of foreign accents? I'm looking for things along the lines of this one, but not necessarily part of a stand up comedy routine. Not interested in anything that is mean-spirited. Also interested to know how people can nail a foreign accent so accurately (whether for comedy, making a movie, etc.).
posted by Dansaman on Jun 17, 2013 - 23 answers

Is this an accent or am I hearing things?

These two YouTube videos, Video 1 and Video 2, contain men speaking English with a similar accent. Is this an accent? Can anyone identify it? [more inside]
posted by toftflin on May 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Standard American pronunciation training

Hello, I'm a French student preparing for English interviews and in my last mock session my interviewer talked about my accent that could put me at a disadvantage. I can't afford and don't have the time to see a speech therapist so I'm looking for books with audio tracks that are aimed at mastering the standard American accent. Do you know or know somebody that had had great results with a particular book? Thank you!
posted by lite on Mar 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Could I give myself a Scottish accent through the magic of software?

How possible would it be to write an app or piece of software that could take a piece of speech text and change the accent of the speaker? What challenges would there be given the current level of speech recognition and audio processing technology and linguistic knowledge? [more inside]
posted by TwoWordReview on Mar 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Learning a neutral accent and DIY speech therapy

I teach for a living but have a lot of linguistic baggage that I'd like to get rid of. Specifically, I have some weird pronunciation/accent issues and would like to speak "General American" or newscaster English. Is this something I can do on my own? What resources should I use? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Feb 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Recordings of R-rated language in a General Australian accent?

I'm learning a monologue with a General Australian accent, but I'm having trouble finding resources to check my pronunciation of the R-rated language in the monologue. Can you point me to recordings that may help? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jan 14, 2013 - 44 answers

Accent filter: help me identify an accent.

Accent filter: where is the accent in this video from? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Nov 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Our neural pathways have become accustomed to your sensory input patterns.

What does a "robot voice" sound like in languages other than English? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 22, 2012 - 10 answers

You say scone, I say scone; let's call the whole thing off

We're resigned to our differences over the pronunciation of 'scone' (rhyming it with either 'stone' or 'gone'). The strange thing is that both of us regard the other's pronunciation as sounding 'posh'. So, does scone/scone divide along class lines, or is it more about geography or something else?
posted by monkey closet on Sep 27, 2012 - 48 answers

Why is she talking about "baggles"?

In what regional dialect do people pronounce "bagel" as though it were spelled "baggle"? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Sep 3, 2012 - 76 answers

How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns?

How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns (accent)? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Pronounce "The One Sun Shone Down on the Brown Ground," Please

Linguistics-filter: What sort of English accent makes "brown," "sun," and "shone" all be pronounced with a similar vowel sound? [more inside]
posted by erst on Jul 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Hey, cmoj, tell that joke.

What jokes do you know that absolutely depend on telling a good story? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on May 11, 2012 - 45 answers

Accents across the pond.

Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on May 6, 2012 - 30 answers

We gon' make a what?

Englishman-doing-Jamaican-accent-LyricFilter: What is Rednek saying in the first verse of this song? [more inside]
posted by Edogy on Mar 26, 2012 - 7 answers

How would a Cockney pronounce "Battlestar Galactica"?

How would a Cockney pronounce "Battlestar Galactica"?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jan 4, 2012 - 21 answers

I'm feeling a bit LED astray by my wedding lighting options.

What is the best direction to go in for LED accent lighting/throwies on a budget that demands maximum bang for the buck? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Seeking language-rich Spanish-language videos

Please recommend some entertaining Spanish-language YouTube videos for listening practice. I'm looking for a variety of Spanish accents, and people that are entertaining to listen to. [more inside]
posted by free hugs on Dec 16, 2011 - 5 answers

How silly does it sound?

Quick one for the British among us: how decent are the accents really in Tim Burton's version of "Sweeney Todd"? [more inside]
posted by Because on Sep 18, 2011 - 15 answers

Shift Key Problems

Stupid Word Problem: Shift key only produces accented vowels; does not capitalize. [more inside]
posted by little cow make small moo on Sep 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Norwegian with a Bergen accent, so that babies will find my voice soothing

I'd like to learn Norwegian. Caveat: I'd like to learn specifically the Bergen dialect/accent. Is that possible? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Is "smart British guy" an accent?

Can't believe I'm using a question on this, but it's driving me mad...what accent is shared by David Mitchell and the character Maurice Moss on the IT Crowd (no idea if the actor actually shares this accent when not playing the role). Is it a regional accent, or just a peculiarly nasal way of speaking? Do Brits perceive them as having the same accent? Is it upper-class, nerdy, or what?
posted by sarahkeebs on May 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Youtube videos with strong accents?

What are Youtube videos with strong, classic, interesting, funny accents to imitate? [more inside]
posted by schmichael on Feb 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Ya wanna grabba cuppa cawfee?

In the United States, is a strong regional accent a class marker? [more inside]
posted by dave99 on Feb 12, 2011 - 73 answers

How does Lionel Logue sound Aussie in The King's Speech?

What features mark Geoffrey Rush's character in The King's Speech as being Australian? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jan 29, 2011 - 31 answers

Fuck you, Chris

UK accent-identification question: where is Chris from? He's the producer of the Bugle podcast with John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 17, 2011 - 7 answers

St Louis accent?

I'm looking for evidence of a St Louis accent. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Dec 21, 2010 - 18 answers

Help me fake better accents

As a children's librarian, I do many readalouds each week. I'm good at it, but I'm working on being great. I'd like to flavor the different characters in the books I read with better accents. I do a decent Southern, an acceptable Proper British and an awful cockney. I'm thinking that out there somewhere is a cheat sheet that would allow me to do a better job of portraying Irish, Russian and other accents. But I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by carterk on Dec 12, 2010 - 9 answers

The moment he talks he makes some other Englishman despise him

How would you describe the accent of the man wearing the gray jacket in this Mitchell and Webb clip? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Oct 2, 2010 - 7 answers

That's a funny accent you have there...

Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
posted by Biru on Sep 17, 2010 - 11 answers

I know the Castillians lisp, but that's about it.

How different are Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Aug 27, 2010 - 15 answers

Tajiks say, "Are you Iranian?". Iranians say, "Are you Tajik?"

How can I change my accent in a second language? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Aug 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Yeah, I know I sound funny!

How can I break up the monotony of first conversations? (+strange accent situation) [more inside]
posted by schmichael on May 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Divided by a common language

A question for native speakers of UK English: With formal writing, can you readily distinguish between US and UK English? If you were reading something that supposedly targeted a UK audience and an Americanism cropped up, would you find that distracting? [more inside]
posted by adamrice on May 18, 2010 - 53 answers

Do Brits sound American?

How do British Actors playing Americans sound to Americans? [more inside]
posted by Biru on May 8, 2010 - 116 answers

Most phonemically diverse language?

What language has the most phonemes? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on May 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Linguistic Identity Crisis: A country girl divided by a common language.

I'm moving to the UK for the next three years and have some questions about my identity and language use. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 5, 2010 - 41 answers

Jewish accent?

American Jewish Accent? [more inside]
posted by Biru on Mar 25, 2010 - 38 answers

US English: Accents or Dialects?

US English variation: 'Accent' or 'Dialect' (from a linguistics perspective)? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp on Mar 1, 2010 - 16 answers

unknown language-use stereotypes sought from the recieving end

Looking for reciprocal of "Engrish" on two counts: 1) Asians imitating "how Americans(/Anglophones) talk" with gibberish, and 2) Asians making fun of "how Americans(/Anglophones) talk" with heavy English/American accents on their own language. seeking audio and/or video for entertainment and cultural edification. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Feb 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Writer meets arthritis

Mac voice-recognition software for a writer with arthritis. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

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