Whenever I hear a Filipino talk, I already know they're Filipino by just the voice.
Armenian men. (That's an L.A. thing).
Far Northern Illinois/Wisconsin. The consonants are precise without all the nasal bullshit.
Professor Henry Higgins: By George, she's got it! By George she's got it! Now once again, where does it rain?
Eliza Doolittle: [sings] On the plain, on the plain.
Professor Henry Higgins: And where's that soggy plain?
Eliza Doolittle: [sings] In Spain, in Spain
I can usually distinguish Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama accents from one another.
This is one of the few small skills I have.
I can distinguish Oklahoman from Texan (the Rs are even harder with Oklahomans). I can't tell deep south accents apart, only that people from South Carolina seem to talk the slowest.
English, northern Ireland, scottish
German, Russian, the difference between upper class and low class British accents
Pittsburgh and Western N.Y.
Dutch people speaking English
Dutch people speaking German
Dutch people speaking French
Brazilians speaking English
People who live in the West 90's tend to dentalize their T's.
Egyptian. They use 'b" for the letter 'p'.
r15's right. Very flat a's. You can hear it when they use Mary and marry in the same sentence.
Some claim to be able to distinguish accents for each New York City borough.
Quebec. Usually, Brazil.
r21 Yo pal, we ain't got no friggin' accents in Philly.
Philadelphian's say "snow" as if it rhymed with "cow."
I absolutely adore Peter Lorre's Viennese accent.
Americans speaking French...
Vietnamese. With all respect, it sounds like ducks quacking, no matter what language.
Hungarian. Especially princesses of the royal blood.
Definitely Brooklyn. They sound so stupid and low.
Without seeing the person, when you hear PO-leece and ambu-LANCE you know the accent.
On the other hand, if you just heard Obama speak but, didn't see him. You would say he is white, he doesn't speak like a black guy at all. Of course, if he did, I don't think he would ever have been elected.
R6, how do you tell a Bama accent and a Mississippi accent apart?
What makes some accents so damn annoying? For example, I like most of the Australians I meet, but hearing them talk is GRATING.
Also, when someone pronounces the letter t as if it were ts.
It couldn't be me :)
I love Australian accents. They're a lot of fun.
(like nails on blackboard. talk normal, bitch)
How do you tell Quebec French from other varieties?
I canNOT abide Julie Chen's accent, which sounds rather typical of a certain type of Asian American women (and Gaysians). The vulgar over- emphasis of the 'R' sound - Shudders.
[quote]How do you tell Quebec French from other varieties?
French spoken in Québec has a nasally sound to it, more so than Metropolitan French.
Blacks speaking ebonics.
Turks and Israelis speaking English, French or even their own languages.
Bostonian. Who else in the world says "hwospital" and "twop?"
I had a manager who sat five feet away from me. Open floor plan. She also had an open mouth plan. Horrid, awful low-class Cockney accent and the woman never stopped talking. Ever. And she was loud. It was psychological warfare. God it was ugly.
I'd put on headphones and I could still hear her.
I also cringe with Russian/Chechnyan. It's just so blunt and harsh to my ears.
"I have connections. Linder used to work on a farm."