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?

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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby SCMT » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:54 pm

Serpent wrote:
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.

Oh, I wouldn't question the fact that British English sounds different than the good, solid, correct American English that I speak, I was just a little surprised that OP went so far as to categorize the limeys as "non-native English speakers." 8-)
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby zenmonkey » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:43 pm

Serpent wrote: ... significant difference between a British and an American accent. (hmm what's the difference in Spanish, zenmonkey?)

I think it's a combination of things. Now this is all personal perception.

Consider the American first learning Spanish that butchers the prosody of Mexican Spanish.

"Ola comO estass"

Versus the young girls of a friend (Spanish-English couple) and their daughters speak somethings with a mixed Spain Spanish and RP prosody. It's totally cute to my ears.
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby tarvos » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:11 pm

brilliantyears wrote: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!)

As they say, the heart asks pleasure first! :D
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby siouxchief » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:36 pm

Speakeasy wrote: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!

Spot on. Irish wins hands down most times: ... ent-irish/
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Re: Sexiest Accent for Non-native English speaker.

Postby Jean-Luc » Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:59 am

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

Yes, unless you want to be a great spy ;)
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