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Losing your accent???

Postby njs » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:12 pm

OK, disclaimer, mildly intoxicated, though not severely.

What inspired this was the hiring by the Wellington Phoenix of new coach Ernie Merrick. He replaces Ricki Herbert who was more or less sacked by the Phoenix during the past season, but he remains All Whites coach.

Now I heard Merrick talking and thought, hey, he's Scottish. I knew who he was from his years coaching the Melbourne Victory, but hadn't really heard him speak before. And then I read this article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/8 ... next-trick

Where it basically says that he moved to Aussie when he was 22, and he's now 60. So he's spent 22 years in Scotland and 38 in Australia but clearly displays a Scottish accent which I think is great.

Anyways, does anybody out here speak Korean well enough to actually pick up on Korean accents?

Or has anybody had any problems with their accent in Korea? I was told to speak with an American accent after I arrived in Korea, because us Kiwi's don't tend to pronounce the letter 'r' in many words so party becomes pa tee, car, becomes ca etc, amongst other oddities.

and eventually I got to the point where Koreans couldn't pick my accent at all, and my ear became so deaf that I was confusing kiwi accents with Aussie accents!!! :smt084
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Re: Losing your accent???

Postby daeguowl » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:52 pm

I can pick out Korean regional accents. And my own english accent definitely weakens when talking to non-english...

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Re: Losing your accent???

Postby Pikey » Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:05 am

When I'm talking to other scotch, I definitely pick up the pace, and use different words. Although I'm not Scottish, just lived there for 10 years. And can do a passable accent.

As for korean, Busan is high pitched and whiney. Other than that, mmmm, guess suwon sounds a little diff from capital accents
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Re: Losing your accent???

Postby just because » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:06 am

There is actually a term in linguistics for this. Its called code switching.

I am very very bad at this. I speak in a pretty thick American accent to most koreans and north americans but when I meet aussies or kiwis I will use my normal accent. I dont even know I am doing it.

Pikey wrote:As for korean, Busan is high pitched and whiney. Other than that, mmmm, guess suwon sounds a little diff from capital accents

It is the other way around....my Korean is at a decent level (Topik 4) and having lived in Gyeongnam the whole time I have lived in Korea can easily distinguish between the Busan and normal (Seoul and Gyeonggi) dialect. Busan dialect is very sharp and direct whereas Seoul is a lot more smooth but a lot more whiney with overuse of Oppa, etc.

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