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urbanelf - 2009-10-09


HarrietTubmanPI - 2009-10-09

Gotta admire the stiff upper lip.

Sputum - 2009-10-09

"It's not 'fost' it's 'fost'!"
I'm sorry but I actually can't tell the difference in these besides a very slight change in emphasis, and I used to live in england.

In other news, that woman is spot on for Meg Griffin.

Smellvin - 2009-10-09

That one made me chuckle. It's like the Canadians who always flail their arms and say, "Won't don't say ABOOT! No one says ABOOT. We all say ABOOT (though it is between a-boot and a-boat)!"

Spastic Avenger - 2009-10-09

If you can't hear the difference, you're fucking deaf.

glasseye - 2009-10-09

Or retarded.

ToucheTurtle - 2009-10-09

Well, Sputum is possibly deaf in that he genuinely can't hear the difference in those vowel sounds. Lots of people who grew up only hearing accents that have merged vowel sounds appear incapable of hearing the differences -- the pin/pen merge being the classic example in the southern US.

Of course, such people should refrain from pretensions to being dialogue coaches.

Sputum - 2009-10-09

"and I used to live in england.", but I guess I'm wrong here, so I'll back down.

phalsebob - 2009-10-09

Smellvin are you Texan? I know plenty of Americans that say 'about' the same way I do. It's only in the South where people take one vowel sound and make several. 'About' become A-BAY-OWT.

Charles - 2009-10-09

I love this woman, but I'm slightly biased towards almost any accent that's not southern U.S.

Sputum, I think that ToucheTurtle is acknowledging the fact that you used to live in England with his comment.

Also, I've lived near Canada all my life and have never ever heard of a Canadian (outside of Southpark) who has reacted that way to a comment about their accent. For that matter, I've never met or known of a Canadian who actually says ABOOT. It's funny in Southpark, but it's a huge exaggeration.

Hooker - 2009-10-09

On the subject of Canadian accents, I would like to point out that while I don't deny the truth of many accusations, western Canadians like myself speaking significantly better than anyone from Saskatchewan east. This is an important distinction.

Spastic Avenger - 2009-10-09

'"and I used to live in england.", but I guess I'm wrong here, so I'll back down.' I still do. Unfortunately.

Smellvin - 2009-10-09

Nope. I'm a New Englander with the standard (correct) neutral American accent.

Also, it's soda, not pop, dammit.

boner - 2009-10-09

Gothic Castle becomes Gothic Arsehole

Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2009-10-09

Uh, way to miss the point. Of course there's no such thing as a British accent, but this still doesn't stop it being used daily for comic effect.

And yes. English people do imitate the ridiculous American British accent all the time.


crotchy - 2009-10-09

I thought this was a pretty boring video with a valid point stretched dully over 7 minutes but voted it up because I wanted to see some yanks and limeys have at it

oddeye - 2009-10-09

Show em or shut up.

ztc - 2009-10-09

20 going on 45

Richmond - 2009-10-09

Oh boy, here comes the linguistics!

The issue here is that the instructor is using a glottal vowel when the British lady thinks it should be velar.

So you make the "a" in "faster" right under the roof of your mouth, not up from the base of your tongue. Change gears to "ou" and move both vowels up a centimeter towards the teeth, and it's the Canadian/American "aboot" "about" issue. Subtle differences you can't put your finger on --- even she can't explain it, just complain --- unless it's different from what you hear every day somehow.

Diplomacy... complete!

phalsebob - 2009-10-09


ztc - 2009-10-09

"Subtle differences you can't put your finger on?" The instructor is insidiously training people to talk like Lloyd Grossman.

StanleyPain - 2009-10-10


THA SUGAH RAIN - 2009-10-11

Pass tha sugah, baby, pass tha sugah.
I'm also not a fan of how her impersonation of an american accent is just to make a wrinkly nose fase and nasalize everything.

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