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Accent mutation [20110309|18:55]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Hello hello there, chaps. I'm alone in the office, because it's just before six and I thought I'd use the opportunity to indulge myself and find out how much my accent has mutated by videoing myself speaking normally, as I am now, and then by imitating the voice of the announcer at Kings Cross who lets you know when your train is leaving and where from. So, here goes.

The next train to depart from Platform 0 will be the 17:44 First Capital Connect service to Kings Lynn via Cambridge, calling at Royston, Cambridge, Waterbeach, Ely, Littleport, Downham Market, Watlington and Kings Lynn. Will customers intending to travel on this service please join the train now, as it is ready to leave.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-03-09 19:05 (UTC)
Okay, that accent is a LOT more drifted than the previous one I heard from you. Love it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 16:49 (UTC)
I think my accent is fairly dependent on context. In the previous video, I was talking about Conversation Volunteering, and in that setting, my conversation partners always tell me that my American accent makes it easier to understand me. So I end up exaggerating it on purpose to help them.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-03-10 17:56 (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that! When I first met Emirhan, he had trouble understanding all the English women at the airport, so I would "put on" an American accent for his benefit. Over time, that was the language relationship that I developed with him, and I still speak American when talking to him even though I don't speak that way with anyone else.
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[User Picture]From: bowtomecha
2011-03-09 19:17 (UTC)
what the hell? haha. just how long have you been living there for? thats crazy.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 16:49 (UTC)
Over six years now!
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[User Picture]From: bowtomecha
2011-03-09 19:21 (UTC)
you know who has a funny intermediate american-british accent? robert fripp of king crimson. its a tricky thing really.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2011-03-09 19:31 (UTC)
I think you and I are crossing in Mid Atlantic going opposite directions!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 16:50 (UTC)
You've also got a bit of Australian mixed in there!

I met a visiting American last week who thought I was British until I told her I wasn't.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 16:51 (UTC)

Icon love.

I can! I'll have to provide you with video evidence at some point.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2011-03-09 20:07 (UTC)
You've got the excuse of YEARS there; I'm still pretty fresh off the plane and I have to force myself not to pick it up after every phonecall with a Kiwi. Somehow my flatmates don't set it off, but they have rather dilute American-culture-influenced accents, but stronger ones, possibly ones of authority, oh! See latest upload, where I'm just off the horn with the DoC about this little visitor: I say "school" and "wind" notably differently than before.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 22:01 (UTC)
I think you're maybe more sensitive to the changes in your pronunciation. You still sound pretty American to me!
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2011-03-09 20:59 (UTC)
"to" was a smidge too "tew" and "Watlington" was missing its first "t" - other than that, a fine case of RP, Miss :D

(Sorry for the pedantry - accents are an on/off hobby of mine, in a way. Long years reading too much Pratchett to my wife, and a now-ended hobby of voice acting have left me in this sad, sad state *s*)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 17:46 (UTC)
Oh, I don't mind. It's nice to know where I'm going wrong, and that I could almost pass if I needed to. :D

I quite like imitating accents. I'm not so strong on the regional ones, but I like to practise in secret.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2011-03-10 17:51 (UTC)
Ooh! If you like regional accents, you may like this site: http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/index.html

I'm a Suffolk boy by upbringing (Norfolk lad by birth), and I enjoy occasionally popping on and dimly remembering these voices that used to surround me ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 21:19 (UTC)
Oh, that's fantastic! I look forward to exploring that.

As the bloke would say, it's Suffolkin' good. :D
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[User Picture]From: hafnir
2011-03-09 21:21 (UTC)
Gah. Not used to this. I have a little prep in that I saw this happen to Alexis of the EBM band Inertia, who I also knew from LA, and grew up there with a typical US accent, but then moved to England and lived there for years (and still does). At first we thought she was kidding, but I don't think so. But still, who is this stranger on my screen here?! ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 21:29 (UTC)
I've now been living with the bloke for over a year, and I frequently go days without hearing another American accent. The previous video I posted had been taken about a year ago, not long after he & I moved in together, so it's interesting that it seems to have had more of a mutating effect than my previous five years in the country.
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From: anokapolis
2011-03-10 00:29 (UTC)
It's amazing how you speak the accent with ease:)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 17:47 (UTC)
I think it just comes from hearing it every day. The only other North American I used to interact with regularly left the group at my work a couple of years ago, and I now live with my boyfriend, so I hear it more than I hear my native accent.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-03-10 02:39 (UTC)
Even your normal voice has a touch of the Queen's English!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 21:14 (UTC)
I think it's been strongly influenced by moving in with the bloke. I frequently go days without hearing another American accent.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2011-03-10 05:14 (UTC)
Wow! You've definitely gone more brit on us over the past few years! Judging in comparison to the last audio sample you put up.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 16:55 (UTC)
I think living with the bloke has had a pretty powerful effect on it as well. I don't hear other American accents on a daily basis any more. That last video was filmed over a year ago, shortly after we'd moved in together.
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[User Picture]From: trendyprof
2011-03-10 09:49 (UTC)
hehe... it reminds me of Kylie Minogue in how she wavers between the Aussie and British accents... you're like that with the American and British :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-10 21:15 (UTC)
Yes. I have to concentrate hard to settle on one or the other. Most of the time it doesn't matter so I just float between the two depending on the company I'm in. But in certain situations, it helps to be more obviously American, such as when I'm talking to non-native English speakers.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2011-03-12 16:39 (UTC)
HAhaha, I am going to have to listen to this when I get home from work.
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