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Old 01-31-2012, 02:38 PM
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I listened to my telephone answering machine's automated voice and I was wondering do the models sold in England have an English accent ?
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do the ones in america have an australian accent?
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Without wanting to put words in Toddy's mouth I think what he's getting at is that British accents can be quite rare even over here.

Gives me an excuse to point to this though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5h4PFBuzvw

(2.12 onwards pretty much captures the state of play)
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:30 PM
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I think they all have Indian accents


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Old 01-31-2012, 04:34 PM
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I think they all have Indian accents


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If you've listened to the song you'll note that Steve Knightley is more concerned with American (and Australian) accents than Indian ones. The British folk community quite likes the odd Indian accent:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QC2av7-_Ik
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I think they all have Indian accents


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zing!

p.s. show of hands are great, met them with gordon giltrap one time.
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The notion of a 'Brittish' accent is quite hilarious, as frankly, it doesnt exist. What people often perceive as the token 'brittish' accent is usually a non-specific mid regional English accent. Im from Scotland and I can say my accent is nothing like the 'Brittish' one, and, like many other reigions in the UK, our local dialect is so diverse its practically considered a language of its own.
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zing!

p.s. show of hands are great, met them with gordon giltrap one time.
Agree - met Steve K at Cropredy one time (he tried to chat up my then girl friend - wish he'd succeeded as it happens).
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:09 PM
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do the ones in america have an australian accent?
Um...huh?? lol

I was just wondering if the machines that are usually made in the Orient somewhere, have a different accent programmed into them depending on what country they're sold in.
I live in America but think it would be great if my answering machine sounded like David Tennant from Dr.Who or maybe even Ringo !
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I listened to my telephone answering machine's automated voice and I was wondering do the models sold in England have an English accent ?
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:56 PM
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Cool thanks. Do they sound like one of the Beatles or like Prince Charles? Mine has a monotone no-accent kind of robotic sound.
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Cool thanks. Do they sound like one of the Beatles or like Prince Charles? Mine has a monotone no-accent kind of robotic sound.
I am in England, my VW Satnav sounds like Lara Croft, I intentionally turn the wrong way just so she talks to me...
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:51 AM
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I am in England, my VW Satnav sounds like Lara Croft, I intentionally turn the wrong way just so she talks to me...
I am in England to, My Ford Transit Satnav sounds like a dodgy Irishman, I intentionaly turn the wrong way to avoide turning up at a scrap yard.

Nah only joking My Transit doesn't have a satnav but I've got a load of led if you want it?
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The notion of a 'Brittish' accent is quite hilarious, as frankly, it doesnt exist. What people often perceive as the token 'brittish' accent is usually a non-specific mid regional English accent. Im from Scotland and I can say my accent is nothing like the 'Brittish' one, and, like many other reigions in the UK, our local dialect is so diverse its practically considered a language of its own.
Ha! Scottish is barely even English! IMO it's just a bloody load of incomprehensible garble *grin* ... case in point ...

It's a braw bricht moonlit nicht the nicht. Whit's fur ye'll no go by ye! Lang may yer lum reek!

I've been friends with our keyboard player since he migrated here from Scotland 20 years ago. I still only understand 3/4s of what he says, if that. Meanwhile Welsh is another language (officially).

So yeah, to Americans there's not much difference between an English accent, Irish, Australian or even a mild Scots accent.

So it's still fair to say "British accent" based on what seems to be the usual we hear. In Oz, there are very minor differences in the various states but it's pretty uniform. The main difference is the range from neutral to very broad.

In the US they speak very differently in the deep south to those in NY ... and accents vary a fair bit even within NY - anything from Frazier to Fran (The Nanny) :)
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:02 PM
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It's a fact that in some parts of the UK you can tell whether somebody is from one side of a valley or another side of a valley based upon their accent. I can usually tell whether somebody is from a different part of my home town by how they speak and that is in no way unusual.

I have a fairly 'stereotyped' British accent but with each passing day I get a little more South London...
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:15 PM
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It's not too difficult to see why most American's impression of an English accent is a central london dialect. Most tourists only visit London. Outside of that, it's Prince Charles, Benny Hill, Rowan Atkinson & a selection of James Bond actors. Ringo's probably the most recognisable Brit drummer, but he's a Scouser, & a fairly weird sounding one at that (not that normal sounding Scousers actually exist), so he's best relegated to Thomas the Tank Engine scripts.

Whoops, did I say Ringo & Best in the same sentence :) Sorry Bernhard.
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It's not too difficult to see why most American's impression of an English accent is a central london dialect. Most tourists only visit London. Outside of that, it's Prince Charles, Benny Hill, Rowan Atkinson & a selection of James Bond actors. Ringo's probably the most recognisable Brit drummer, but he's a Scouser, & a fairly weird sounding one at that (not that normal sounding Scousers actually exist), so he's best relegated to Thomas the Tank Engine scripts.

Whoops, did I say Ringo & Best in the same sentence :) Sorry Bernhard.
I'm a fan of The Beatles but I think Thomas the Tank Engine was Ringo's best work. I was pretty much brought up on it.
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...a selection of James Bond actors...
Roger Moore accent's the most snobbish english accent of them all for me, who's not english, alongside Stephen Fry, althoug he's not in Bond's films, another famous accent is Michael Caine... :)
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Who buys an answering machine these days? Voicemail is part of a mobile phone contract. Mine has a slightly alluring English posh chick's voice on it
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I have a fairly 'stereotyped' British accent but with each passing day I get a little more South London...
It's called Estuary English, innit?

Interesting stuff on a local accent in the southern US. These guys sound like something from England 350 years ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIZgw09CG9E
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It's called Estuary English, innit?
That depends. Where I live is Estuary but I tend to spend my days in South London - it's a different thing. Gravesend is definitely Estuary but Eltham, Thamesmead etc. sounds quite different.

As for that video, sounds a little like my Westcountry cousins!
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The notion of a 'Brittish' accent is quite hilarious, as frankly, it doesnt exist. What people often perceive as the token 'brittish' accent is usually a non-specific mid regional English accent. Im from Scotland and I can say my accent is nothing like the 'Brittish' one, and, like many other reigions in the UK, our local dialect is so diverse its practically considered a language of its own.
Coming from Aberdeen our dialect (Doric) is totally different to other parts of Scotland although i do like the Glaswegian accent sounds great when you are swearing.LOL
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:59 AM
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Coming from Aberdeen our dialect (Doric) is totally different to other parts of Scotland although i do like the Glaswegian accent sounds great when you are swearing.LOL
I knew a fellow from Turriff, and his acceent was so thick it could barly be understood by even his Aberdonian friends.
I also am heavily complimented on my thick Lanarkshire/Glaswegian accent, and how good it sounds when I swear.
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If you've listened to the song you'll note that Steve Knightley is more concerned with American (and Australian) accents than Indian ones. The British folk community quite likes the odd Indian accent:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QC2av7-_Ik
Apparently I'm not one of those "folk community". I remember taking a call from my phone company and they asked me a question, and I couldn't answer it properly because I didn't hear; needless to say I did complain to them about the accent.
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My last answering machine actually sounded like a mix of West Virginia, Maryland, and Florida left coast dialect. Yeah...it was me. I have been told many times I have a face made for radio and not TV.
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I believe the stereotypical neutral British English accent is known as RP (Received Pronounciation) or "BBC English" - the kind that BBC TV & radio reporters from decades ago were required to speak in.

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So it's still fair to say "British accent" based on what seems to be the usual we hear. In Oz, there are very minor differences in the various states but it's pretty uniform. The main difference is the range from neutral to very broad.
Not just that, in Australian English there are various Ethnolects formed in various diasporas and the occasional speaker of the "posh"/"Cultivated" Australian accent.
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