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What are the best (and worst) fake accents?

On a scale from 1 to "Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice", what are the most standout examples (for better or worse) of fake accents in movies and on TV shows? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco on Jun 24, 2016 - 77 answers

H'improve my h'accents!

I would like to learn to do a passable amateur version of some basic British regional accents-- a Cockney or two, Somerset, Yorkshire, Scottish, RP. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jun 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Regarding United Kingdom accents

I've started the 2nd season of "Hinterland" on US Netflix (and thoroughly enjoyed the 1st season). My question has to do with how a Welshman (or woman) would perceive a Londoner's "Welsh accent." [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Apr 5, 2016 - 23 answers

Help me do a Boston Southie accent.

I'm playing Costard in a production of Love's Labours Lost. He's a lower class character among royalty. A bright guy, but ignorant of their ways. I want to attempt a Southie accent, and I'm looking for help. So far I've re-watched Good Will Hunting, The Fighter, and Ted, and have googled "how to do a Boston accent". I'm looking for additional advice from a Bostonian beyond the basics, but ideally, a phonetic transcription or recording of Costard's lines would really help me out. I've included the lines below. [more inside]
posted by consummate dilettante on Mar 15, 2015 - 12 answers

American podcasts with Southern accents?

What podcasts feature speakers with Southern American accents? I love how these accents sound and want to listen to long stretches of people speaking with them. I'm from New England; the accents I'm thinking of are anything from the southeast US, West Virginia, Texas, and inbetween. [more inside]
posted by cadge on Nov 3, 2014 - 18 answers

How accurate are the Kentucky accents on the show "Justified"?

I've become obsessed with the TV show "Justified" and I'm curious to know whether the accents the actors use on the show are at all representative of how a person from the Harlan, KY area actually speaks. Thanks
posted by dfriedman on Oct 14, 2014 - 3 answers

How do actors shed their accents?

I'm very curious how actors are taught to shed their accents or mimic an accent. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Sep 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Authentic Southern accents in "Friday Night Lights"

How did "Friday Night Lights" get Southern accents so right when no one else can seem to do so? [more inside]
posted by Punctual on Oct 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Contemporary music featuring heavy Scottish accents?

For some reason I really like contemporary music (indie rock, pop, alternatives etc.) featuring vocalists with very heavy Scottish accents (I like Scottish traditional folk too) and I am looking for more to listen to. Some of my current favorites are Arab Strap (and the solo Malcolm Middleton), The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, King Creosote, and Admiral Fallow. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Jun 5, 2013 - 38 answers

Who has what accent in Downton Abbey?

I'm late to the Downton Abbey craze, but I just finished watching all the episodes that have been made so far and I love it. What I'm wondering about is what accents the characters have. I know that Ms. Hughes has a different one than Carson, who has a different one than O'Brien, but I can't place any of them. Obviously Tom Branson is Irish -- but are all the rest of the characters English? Are some Scottish? Welsh? Liverpudlian? London-born? Help me sort this all out. Bonus: if you can identify any differences/matches between the accent the character has, in comparison with the accent the actor or actress who plays the character has.
posted by RingerChopChop on Apr 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Midwestern teenagers speaking in English accents?

What's the deal with the recent spate of Midwestern/Southern (US) teenagers I've heard speaking with English accents? Is this a "thing"? [more inside]
posted by incomple on Mar 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Does this pronunciation have a linguistic name? Is it an accent thing?

Actor Clark Gregg (our beloved Agent Coulson) has a voice that I really enjoy. One feature I like a lot is the way he says R sounds, especially in the middle or ends of words. For an example, at around 0:35 in the trailer for Much Ado About Nothing (http://www.muchadothemovie.com/), it is especially apparent in the way he says "merry war" and "skirmish." (Also notable in the interrogation scene in "Thor" when he says "That's hurtful.") It's not a burred or rolled or flipped R, it's just sort of... liquid-sounding? I think it sounds really neat. In the past, I have noticed this in other actors and I always really like the way it sounds. My question: is this a feature of a certain kind of regional accent? Is there an official/proper term for the sound I mean? Or is it just an individual thing that certain people have that isn't tied to anything in particular? Linguists of MeFi, help me out!
posted by oblique red on Mar 18, 2013 - 8 answers

A linguistic query

How long did it take for the United States to lose all traces of a British accent among its citizens? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Dec 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Do foreign accents sound different in different English speaking countries?

Do foreign accents sound different in different English speaking countries? [more inside]
posted by McPuppington the Third on Nov 10, 2012 - 38 answers

like using roman text to indicate italics in an italicized passage

Looking for scenes (television or film) in which an actor plays a character with a different accent and then that character puts on the actor's native accent. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 2, 2012 - 27 answers

What size population is needed to maintain an accent?

What size population do you need to maintain an accent? [more inside]
posted by jjderooy on Sep 3, 2012 - 10 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

My heart is big, my ears are crap

I have often have trouble understanding what ESL speakers are saying, and I pretty much feel like a jerk after asking someone to repeat something a third time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 - 26 answers

Pronouncing Literally, Battery Oddly

Growing up, I knew someone who pronounced the word "literally" as "litrally", and "battery" as "battry". When I asked her why she did that, she said it was a vestigial habit from acting classes in college, which would have been in the late 1960s. Now, the guy who cut my hair pronounces things in that way, and, of course, there is Rob Lowe's character on "Parks and Recreation" who also does it. My question: Is this a thing? Is it a regionalism? Was it ever taught in acting or elocution classes? Or is it just an affectation?
posted by everichon on Aug 1, 2011 - 26 answers

Recommend podcasts whose speaker(s) have an Iranian accent.

Do you know of any English podcasts whose speaker(s) have an Iranian accent? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Jul 1, 2011 - 1 answer

How does one intentionally learn (fake/funny/stereotypical) accents?

I'd like to try making a "life goal" out of mastering stereotypical/fake accents... the impeccably snooty Frenchman, the stuck up Brit, redneck American, serious Japanese businessman, and so on. How does one intentionally learn (fake/funny/stereotypical) accents? [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors on Jun 30, 2011 - 34 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

what affects the variables in a language's regional accents?

in english, for the most part, it's vowel sounds that differ across regional accents. in other languages i've studied (italian, hungarian), consonant transpositions seem to be more common. what gives? or am i even drawing accurate conclusions? [more inside]
posted by nevers on Jul 13, 2010 - 23 answers

You cawl thayt a noyf?

Is there a resource that demonstrates how to do foreign accents by re-spelling words in such a way that when read aloud by an American, will closely resemble the accent? For example, in "Australian", Down = Dan. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Apr 2, 2010 - 15 answers

Speaking in Tongues

I want to expand my collection of accents. What movies should I watch? I'm especially interested in regional American, UK and Irish accents, but hearing non-native English speakers is helpful as well.
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Feb 24, 2010 - 35 answers

I'm descended from Spanish kings and don't you forget it!

Hispanic-Americans, I have a question. Do you accent your name? [more inside]
posted by zeraus on Jul 23, 2009 - 32 answers

Can you think of movies, television or radio shows which feature British actors playing American characters putting on fake British accents?

Can you think of movies, television or radio shows which feature British actors playing American characters putting on fake British accents? Extra bonus points if you can name other examples of actor from country X playing a character from country Y faking the accent of country X. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jan 2, 2009 - 28 answers

Why do people treat me better when I use a British accent?

Why do people treat me better when I use a British accent? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym on Dec 23, 2007 - 54 answers

Should I stop speaking like a Yank?

My boss would like me to drop my accent by developing a Southern one. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2007 - 65 answers

The rain in spain falls mainly on the plane

What is the shortest sentence that would highlight differences in dialects and accents in the English language? [more inside]
posted by Samuel Farrow on Jul 21, 2007 - 26 answers


Which British dialect pronounces R's like a W? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 on Jul 15, 2007 - 35 answers

How is one to know a Vancouverite from a Haligonian?

Why doesn't Canada have more regional English-language accents? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Dec 16, 2006 - 43 answers

Easy Spanish-language typing on a U.S.-type keyboard?

Easy Spanish-language typing with a U.S. computer keyboard? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Sep 24, 2006 - 9 answers

Evil Psychiatrists & Texas in the Movies?

I'm looking for movies featuring evil/bad psychiatrists. I'm also looking for movies that feature good (West) Texas accents. An example of the first would be Michael Caine in "Quills,"an example of the second would be Sissy Spacek in "Badlands." Bonus points for contemporary time frame and female actors, but not necessary. Comedies are fine too.
posted by rainbaby on Aug 22, 2006 - 34 answers

W for v substitution when some Germans speak English

Why do many German speakers pronounce the v sound in English as a w? [more inside]
posted by ob on Aug 8, 2006 - 24 answers

Scare quotes.

Why does Windows think I want to permanently type in "accent character" mode? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on May 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Help an accent-deprived thesis writer do her thing.

I am looking for word processing software that will do very specific accented-character-related tasks. [more inside]
posted by anjamu on May 9, 2006 - 5 answers

Linguistics: How do I get my foreign diction more specific than IPA?

LinguisticsFilter: There are a lot of resources explaining how to transcribe a language into IPA, but I don't have any that get into the nitty gritty of how one language pronounces a given consonant compared to another. Are there good resources on this front? Are there resources on how to speak in various foreign accents? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Apr 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Breton accent, anyone?

French speakers: can anyone characterize the Breton (Brittany, not Cape Breton) accent for me? [more inside]
posted by blissbat on Mar 12, 2006 - 10 answers

Newo Aner

How do I do a convincing New Zealander accent? And how do I do a convincing Australian accent? And how do I manage to not make them sound the same?
posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Jan 27, 2006 - 22 answers

typing accents

My wife wants to be able to put Spanish Accents in on our PC Laptop however we have not found a solution. Is there one for a PC Laptop Keyboard without using that Function method?
posted by Hands of Manos on Jul 27, 2005 - 4 answers

You say potatoe...

In the US, the first syllable of "privacy" rhymes with "eye." In the UK, it rhymes with "give." So why, when listening to an audiobook, did I hear a British reader (with a standard British dialect) pronounce it the American way? Was the reader just being weird, or is the pronunciation of "privacy" becoming Americanized? Are there any other common Brit-pronunciations that are migrating across the pond? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 8, 2005 - 22 answers

Need name of a region.

This is an easy one (I hope). Had some UK'ers over for a wedding recently, they were talking about a vacation region that I'd like to know more about, but I don't know remotely how to spell it or where it is. They pronounced it Mee-ork-ah. Once I know the spelling, I suspect Google will be able to tell me all I need to know, but if you've got information or stories, please share.
posted by Capn on Mar 8, 2005 - 13 answers

To what extent is an American accent an asset in the UK, if at all?

"I'd suggest ...the UK... You'll get a job doing whatever you want easily, because you've got an American accent" Mefi-Brits & Expats, have you found this to be true? To what extent is an American accent an asset in the UK, if at all?
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 21, 2005 - 48 answers


When I hear English spoken with, say, a Spanish or a Persian accent, I find it interesting and intriguing. However, whenever I hear Spanish or Farsi spoken with an (American) English accent, I find it irritating and unattractive.
Why doesn't it work both ways? (+) [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jan 11, 2005 - 20 answers

Learning Languages

Is it more difficult to learn two or more foreign languages at once than it is to learn one? Can the experience gained learning one foreign language be used to benefit the learning of the other? And on the subject of accents, those of you who can turn accents on and off at will, how did you achieve this talent?
posted by arimathea on Nov 24, 2004 - 15 answers

Is Gary Oldman's american accent better than Rene Zellwegger's british one?

Is Gary Oldman's american accent better than Rene Zellwegger's british one?
posted by dash_slot- on Nov 9, 2004 - 27 answers

What are the stereotypes of the native English speaker's accent as perceived by non-English-speakers?

What are the stereotypes of the native English speaker's accent as perceived by non-English-speakers? (More inside-->) [more inside]
posted by Shane on Oct 7, 2004 - 16 answers

How did the "American Voice" come to be?

I was listening to sound recordings of Theodore Roosevelt's voice, circa 1912, and was struck by TR's accent. It's nasal and aristocratic, and there are hints of both modern British and American dialects. I couldn't quite pin down TR's accent to a stereotypical New York, New England, or Long Island dialect. Which got me wondering:

At what point did the vocal style of American and Canadian English become distinct from British and Scottish English? I know that regional dialects are shaped by the immigrant communities that populated that region. But there is a fundamental difference between accents on either side of the Atlantic.

Put another way, what did Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin "sound" like? And how did the generic Midwest voice that we call "American" - Mr. Game Show Host and Ms. Voicemail - develop from the milieu of voices of Puritans, German/Irish immigrants, and slaves?
posted by PrinceValium on Jun 8, 2004 - 14 answers

How can I set up my computer to type a lot of material in grammatically correct Spanish?

So, I want to type in Spanish [More] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Feb 4, 2004 - 4 answers

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