Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

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Which accent do you find most attractive when a foreigner is using your native language?

English
2
4%
French
14
27%
Italian
7
14%
Spanish
8
16%
Japanese
6
12%
Russian
7
14%
Chinese
1
2%
Hindi
1
2%
Arabic
1
2%
Norwegian
4
8%
 
Total votes: 51

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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby rdearman » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:14 pm

I was limited to 11 options in the poll so I picked what Google told me was the most common.
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Postby El Forastero » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:22 pm

My answer is not among the options. I would vote "Brazilian Portuguese"
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby rdearman » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:24 pm

El Forastero wrote:My answer is not among the options. I would vote "Brazilian Portuguese"

I had Portuguese in but took it out. Hummmm
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby eido » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:51 pm

Well, I can't be part of this poll, but I do know that when Spanish speakers speak Korean, I find it interesting -- not to mention cute. The other way around is nice, too. I think members of both Hispanophone cultures and the Korean speakers find each other intriguing, so they mutually adore each other's accents when speaking one another's languages.
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby Speakeasy » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:04 pm

I suggest that the poll be modified to include English, specifically as spoken by the Irish, and that native English speakers be permitted to choose such an option. The Irish, by their very pronunciation of English, turn the most mundane utterances into great prose, into lyrical poetry, into pure music! The Scots and the Welsh would take a close second place!
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:36 pm

First, to me there is a difference between "sexiest" and "most attractive." No accent seems 'sexy' to me.
I agree with Speakeasy about Irish, at least in small doses.
I also like to hear the posh British accent, though again in small doses.
And too some accents from the American Deep South.
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby brilliantyears » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:16 am

Errrrm. I never thought about this :lol:

Guess I'm the weirdo who's going to need German as an option :? (stop judging me! the heart wants what it wants!)
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby zenmonkey » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:16 pm

I'd split English into American and British.

American in Spanish - not so sexy.
British in Spanish - better.

But then I chose other things.
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby Serpent » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:28 pm

SCMT wrote:I'm a little confused by the "English" option. Are Brits non-native speakers of American?
I think the point is that in a language like Russian or Finnish there's no significant difference between a British and an American accent. (hmm what's the difference in Spanish, zenmonkey?)

As for non-native accents in Russian, I'm not sure I've ever described one as sexy, but the only time I remember someone's accent making me like them more, it was Iker Casillas (a native speaker of Spanish who has some connections to the Basque country but doesn't speak Basque). I can't prove that stereotypes weren't involved even though he definitely didn't sound "passionate" or anything like that to me (in a video obv). I think he sort of surprised me by sounding so calm tbh :)

I'd say a Slavic accent generally sounds great in Russian.
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby tungemål » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:59 pm

Foreign accents can be attractive. Does this mean that I should not work so hard to get rid of my accent?
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