Friday, June 29, 2012

Fabulously Fun Friday ~ The English Language in 15 Accents

I'm posting this mostly because of my awe at this kid's talent to speak in tons of accents. As I was listening to it I was thinking what a fascinating character this kid would make for my next book. :)






What is your favorite accent to mimic?



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13 comments:

  1. Accents are fun. I like to collect them. Growing up as a Navy brat, I was exposed to different accents and made fun of for my accent. I just wish accents weren't so annoying on paper. Very few books do them well. Most of the time they are used as a crutch for making characters unique and instead come across as a bit too over the top to be believed. Now you've got me thinking, is there a good resource for writing solid, and believable accents?

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    1. I think if anyone did accents well, I would have to point to Mark Twain. However, if that were done today, would we consider it well done? Not sure that we would. I agree, accents are very hard to write.

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  2. I once spent an entire day at a seminar listening to a native Dutch speaker and taking notes on his pronunciations instead of the talk. He became my nurse character in Healing Grace, but I realized that I couldn't use all of his pronunciations and grabbed just a few. I don't know a specific resource, except to simply listen to native speakers, and you can do that with foreign language tapes, even if you don't understand the words, though some beginner lessons translate. You can get them at the library. Funny, but after listening, you can start picking out non-native speakers trying to fake different ethnic American accents. I studied Russian in colleg, double-majored in it, though I don't remember a lot, but developed a theory about why they speak the way they do, and now pick out the accent a mile away.

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    1. LOL, Lisa. That sounds like something I would do. And you're right, using the pronunciations sparingly is the key.

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  3. bwa ha ha

    loved it

    I bet I can beat you to the punch

    I'm already wrapping a plot around him. His nickname is Clocky...because a clock once fell off the wall and hit him when he was a toddler.

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  4. I *HATE reading accents in books. It just doesn't come across well. I think that a LIGHT hand with accents can be ok. Maybe put in a few phrases that a person from another region would use, but I hate it when books overdo it.

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    1. They are very hard to write. I generally only use them with my secondary characters, but that can be viewed as John said above as a crutch to make them more interesting. However, just the other day I started reading a book where the hero spoke in a Texas twang that was very annoying to read on paper. The author didn't keep me around for long.

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  5. That. Is. Hilarious. I can't remember the last night I laughed that much over a video! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. He's great. He's made a great audio book narrator - he just needs to slow down a bit.

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    1. You're right! He could totally get a job as that. I wonder if he's studied acting. He could be the next big spy-guy in whatever new spy show comes out soon. :)

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  7. What a hoot! Loved his Indian accent, but I take issue to its accuracy. I could understand what he was saying--it couldn't have been right! :D

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