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"Orl roit, moi luvverrr?" We're off to the West Country, home of the original American accent.

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  1. rze99

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    We're off to the West Country (UK). We love it down there. Or should I say, "we lurv it dowwn thurrr".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Country_English

    I've challenged my wife (and I) to pass off as a local in the pubs "juss fur a larrrrf". It won't work.

    Here's some training for us.

    And the USA folks - THIS is the Founding Fathers Mayflowers accent. Your ancestors sounded exactly like this and it still shows in some American accents I believe.

    People like William Shakespeare, and Sir Francis Drake spoke more like West-Countrymen than anything else. In Elizabethan times in Britain everyone - apart from the Aristocracy who spoke French - sounded as rustic American as they would have British.

    Once you've learned this lot, read out the Constitution in this accent. That's what it would have sounded like.

     
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    don be saft mate, Shakespeare was from the midlands, he was bound to be more brummy than anything else!
     
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    American guy here. Very interesting! I wonder how we Californians got our accent. PS my wife and I are planning a trip to the UK in a couple years. It’s the only place in Europe I care to visit.


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    Try hearing Shakespeare in this accent...I grew up hearing people talk like this.

     
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    Oi'll be with 'ee dreckly. (Cornwall)
    I will be with you directly. (Oxford)
     
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    I remember an experience my wife and I had while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana to be exact.

    We returned from the beach, and we decided to have a couple drinks at an outside bar. Now it seemed as though that there were people from all over the world staying at our hotel. Anyway, we striked up a conversation with a couple, who were about our age, from Manchester, England. Well, even though they were from an English-speaking country, we both had much difficulty in understanding what they were saying. Put it this way, we nodded our heads a lot.

    Is Manchester known for its thick accent, or could these folks originally have been from another part of England?
     
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    Since the '70s, with the dominance of national television outlets forever growing stronger, American regional accents seem to have diminished or even disappeared. Has that sort of thing happened in the UK as well?
     
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    Great point! I remember hearing many people in the 1960s-1980s speaking with a PA Dutch accent, which is very charming if you have never heard it. Now I rarely hear anyone talk like that.
     
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    My wife is from Portland, a small island island off the south cost of Dorset.
     
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    Stringbanger -
    If you think the Mancunian accent is thick, try having a chat with a hard-core Geordie (Newcastle area, NE England). I was born near there so I don't have any trouble but I've seen a few people scratching their heads.



    Back to Manchester, if you want a good example, check out any Noel Gallagher (Oasis) interview on Youtube. I won't post one here because they're generally full of @&~#[email protected] :eek:
     
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    A Manc accent CAN be quite... rich. Listen the Gallagher brothers from Oasis. That’s pretty Manc to me.
     
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    Well, from the Black Country, which my wife is from, but not me (Oh no, no!) ... Ow am ya me lovva
     
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    a bit but not that much and actually tv especially now has a much wider variety of accents and to some extent they have made a come back and are appreciated for their being authentic. Genuine Regional UK accents are hugely varied. Even 10 mile distances between places can mark a distinct change in accent and choice of words.
     
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    Very iN at the moment! I trust you have your Peaky Blinders outfits together ;)
     
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    Here is an example of the PA Dutch accent.
     
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    For such a small country, the UK has a mind-boggling number of strong local accents. Half the time we can't understand each other.
     
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    Well, after hearing aging rocker’s Black Country dialect (post #6), that has me thinking.:D
     
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    No, it wasn’t Geordie, I can understand at least half of that.:D
     
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    Haddaway man. W'aall taak proper roond here, like.
    Divvent gan sayin' wa taak funny.
    Gis a bootle o' Broon, bonny lass.
    TOON ARMY, TOON ARMY!
     
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