(Closed) A question about American Accents

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@skyeatnight:  I may just be biased as a NYC Metro Area resident my whole life, but both of those shows take place on the west coast and I associate those particular “accents” (to me it’s more of an inflection than a full fledged other accent…) with Californians in particular for the most part….

Post # 4
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You should check out the SNL skit “The Californians” on youtube.  It will explain a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 5
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hmm I never thought of American accents as raspy…

Most of the people on TV speak pretty informally, especially Californians, or with younger accents (I think the Kardashians are somewhat like upgraded Valley girls accents). Rich people don’t have different accents. I could see how it sounds lazy though compared to British accents.

Where I live in the Northeast, we speak more formally, say “like” a lot less, etc.

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee

There are many, many regional accents in the US, just as in the UK. Depending on how much detail you get into, you can divide accents very broadly into wide regions (i.e. “New York,” “Texan,” “Midwestern,” etc., or much more narrowly.

Post # 9
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I don’t think those shows portray an accurate example of the average American accent. Watch Survivor instead. Awesomesauce!

Post # 11
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I definitely know what you mean about lazy sounding. It’s much more drawn out and relaxed sounding. I don’t think I sound anything like that, being from the Midwest, more significantly Chicago. Fiance grew up about 100 miles from me and we sound completely different with certain words and vowels… and yes we pick on each other for it.

America is so full of different “accents”.

Post # 12
1736 posts
Bumble bee

@babu22:  “Trey? … Trey? … Mr. Trey!?” LOVE that skit! ๐Ÿ™‚

There are so many “American” accents out there. Vastly different across the country. I, by no means, would consider my particular accent to be either raspy or lazy. I grew up in the Northeast (Vermont). I don’t really think of myself as having an accent, but I do get called on it with specific words (my Darling Husband says that when I say “room” or “broom” it sounds like “ruhm” or “bruhm”) ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@skyeatnight:  OH geez… that is exactly who I was going to cite as an example.  I think the word you’re looking for though is “whiney”.  “Raspy” to us means deeper, and throaty… like Demi Moore or Kathleen Turner.

Those Kardashian girls are SO irritating to listen to.  They can be talking about the most pleasant thing in the world and they sound like a 3 year old complaining about bedtime.

It’s an exaggeration of a California-style accent.

Post # 14
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I once watched a youtube video of a man explaing how to do different accents, and he reffered to the American accent as sounding “lazy or drawn out” – after thinking about it, I do think majority of American accents (in comparson to the British accent,) Americans do tend to draw out the letters more then the English. 

Post # 15
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@babu22:  how did I miss this? That was so funny, the way they are always talking about what route and freeway they are going to take.

No offense to west coast people, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

The way the girls on the Hills talk is not the way all Americans speak, for a to the point answer. 

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