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GabriellaG54 Fri 07-Jun-19 10:36:39

Last night I watched The Disappearance of Julie Reilly iPlayer, a murder in Scotand.
The accents were really hard to understand and they talk so fast, say 'they done this' instead of 'they did this and no...not a lovely accent at all.
Can anyone here think of an accent they don't particularly like or easily understand?

Dee1012 Fri 07-Jun-19 10:51:05

I love accents...and have to admit a soft spot for Scottish accents, especially Glaswegian.

If pushed though, I'm not too keen on a Southern accent ie Devon / Cornwall.
I do wonder if it's linked to a memory of a relative though who was a pretty awful person!haha

Fennel Fri 07-Jun-19 12:24:25

I love accents too - especially Geordie. Also dialect which is more related to the done/did mistake. It's fascinating.
Don't you have an accent, Gabriella?
I find the Brummie accent, intonation difficult to follow, but don't dislike it.
Glaswegian is very ideosyncratic, but I love listening to it.

Grandma70s Fri 07-Jun-19 12:30:34

I think often city accents are ugly (Liverpool, Birmingham etc), but country accents can be quite attractive. Overall, though, I much prefer standard RP, and wish children were taught to use it more. I’ve heard children on TV whose accents are so strong they would be incomprehensible outside their immediate area. It must hold them back in life.

SirChenjin Fri 07-Jun-19 12:54:32

The Scottish accent you're describing is a particularly working class accent from Glasgow. Go to the more salubrious parts of the West End and you'll hear a very different Glasgow accent - which I imagine is the same of most parts of the UK.

I don't like very thick Black Country/Liverpool/Laahndaahn/ridiculous marbles-in-the-mouth type of posh accents.

KatyK Fri 07-Jun-19 12:57:23

I can't stand the New Zealand accent (with apologies to all our New Zealand members). Us Brummies take a lot of flack for our accent but I love it. I think a lot of people get Brummie and Black Country accents mixed up. I am a Brummie born and bread but I sometimes have difficulty understanding the Black Country one. I love the Southern Irish accent.

KatyK Fri 07-Jun-19 12:57:58

bred not bread

Callistemon Fri 07-Jun-19 13:00:00

I don't dislike various Scottish accents at all but do admit to putting on the sub-titles when I watched Shetland. Loved Sandy's genuine Shetland accent in that series.

City accents are often harsher than those of surrounding areas.

If pushed though, I'm not too keen on a Southern accent ie Devon / Cornwall.
shock
I love it, although, then again, the accents vary and a Plymouth accent is quite different to a Devon burr or Cornish accent.

SirChenjin Fri 07-Jun-19 13:10:45

UK accents are amazingly varied - go 20 miles in any direction and they change so much. Add the whole class thing into the mix and it's so difficult really to say I dislike X or Y accent as a whole.

jura2 Fri 07-Jun-19 13:21:03

Love and am fascinated in all accents - in several languages, and pick them up easily. Never ever have been able to come anywhere close to imitaing Geordie- just can't do it.

Grammatical mistakes are often an indication of the old languages used locally, whether Danish, or Saxon, etc, based.
Used to take a small group from the local estate to visit gardens and castles a few times a year, and just loved their 'propa Lesta' and the use of 'I were' and 'you was'. Always amazed at the amount of snobbish people can display re accents.

At the inaugural lecture when I started my teacher training as a mature student- the Dean went on re the need to get rid of a local accent if anyone wanted to succeed and quickly climb the ladder. He had the thickest South African accent.

Where I live now, I am VERY close to the French border - and the accent on either side is totally different - only in adults though.

Merwyn (sp) Bragg, in his book on the English language, explains how as a kid from Lancs, he was mocked and bullied for his accent as he went to High School and Uni - and had to acquire 'received pronunciation' accent to get on in life.

GabriellaG54 Fri 07-Jun-19 13:23:39

Fennel
No, not particularly.
I have the 'flat' vowels of a Northerner but no discernable accent according to anyone who knows me.
In my professional life, clients and colleagues used to assume I came from Durham confused...as they said I had a posh Durham accent which is no accent at all.
It's a place I've never lived in or visited.

Nannylovesshopping Fri 07-Jun-19 13:24:30

My love of accents is definitely people related, my beloved
gran was a “Devon maid” so love Devon accent, my drop dead gorgeous son in law is from Newcastle and I love to
hear him talk, he has been down south for twenty years now, but still retains his accent, we have lots of fun with
barth and baath etc 😂

fizzers Fri 07-Jun-19 13:40:32

not keen on Brummie accents, or Mancunian accents, and I definitely don't like hearing Yorkshire accents ( my own!)

paddyann Fri 07-Jun-19 13:56:12

I love accents ,I have a friend who speaks in Doric and its wonderful ,if you're in Aberdeen listen in to conversations abut quines and loons and all in a great muddle of fast spoken words.I'm a weegie and I wouldn't say I have atypical accent but I haven't lived there for over 50 years and I love getting together with the fast spoken banter filled sarcastic humoured relatives who stayed put in our home city .I've never had any problem with any accent .

Anniebach Fri 07-Jun-19 14:14:30

Coming from South Wales I find fast spoken accents impossible to understand.

Sorry , no idea where the drama ‘when the boats come in’ was suppose to have taken place but didn’t follow it because of the accent, couldn’t understand what was being said

Mapleleaf Fri 07-Jun-19 14:52:56

It was set in the North East, Annie.

Loislovesstewie Fri 07-Jun-19 15:04:06

Oh dear! I'm not keen on Welsh accents or Geordie or Black Country, but I love Irish and Scottish accents. I once spent a whole evening in a pub with a Glaswegian , he couldn't understand me and I couldn't understand him! It was a perfect evening.

BlueBelle Fri 07-Jun-19 15:16:50

I too love accents it’s the plummy posh ones I find grate on my ears (the Jacob Reece Mogg type) I m not over keen on Brummie or South African otherwise they are all so much more interesting than plain English and not only the sound of the words but I love learning all the different words for various things which can be quite different even a few miles away

Anniebach Fri 07-Jun-19 15:22:59

Which Welsh accents Lois , North, South, South West, Mid ?

Wales is a country and like England not all accents are the same. North Mid Wales has a Shropshire accent

nanasam Fri 07-Jun-19 15:29:59

I'm afraid growing up in the HomeCounties I didn't hear too many accents. This has made it very difficult for me to fully understand many people when they talk. For example, I get confused when I speak to call centres, I can't tell whether they are Scottish, Irish or Indian, let alone when I hear the broad Brummie, Scouse or Liverpudlian people talking. I have to pass the phone over to my husband. It's so embarrassing having to keep saying "pardon?" blush

SirChenjin Fri 07-Jun-19 15:53:05

Anniebach I agree! There is no such thing as a national accent.

Grandma70s Fri 07-Jun-19 15:55:07

There are plenty of accents in the Home Counties, nanasam! It's just that the people who live there don’t realise they have an accent. Does Kent count? One of the strongest accents I have ever heard was that of a young woman from Kent. Like the worst of London.

kittylester Fri 07-Jun-19 16:04:03

I too love accents but our local Lesta really grates as it's not an accent, more a really lazy way of speaking.

Grandma70s Fri 07-Jun-19 16:09:42

My father came from Wirral, across the Mersey from Liverpool, and he couldn’t understand the Liverpool accent at all!

Fennel Fri 07-Jun-19 16:13:40

Gabriella you are a 'one off' grin.
Another aspect - one of my uncles, now sadly no longer here, he died about 10 years ago aged 99, was a sheep farmer in the Borders. He was a tenant farmer to the Duke of Northumberland. I was with him once when he went to the office in Alnwick and met the Duke by chance. My uncle spoke to the Duke with a very 'posh' accent. At other times I heard him chatting to the local shepherds in broad rural Northumbrian .