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Who is tired of native asian try to fake an english accent!
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I don't really mind those things. Though myself is not good with faking such...
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Whats with accents? I live in Canada and I dont recall seeing anybody trying to fake an accent (ok, ppl try to immitate the British accent, but they can speak English fluently). If some native chinese person tries to fake an accent to look "cool" or something along that line, I'll do something about it.
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Ratmar wrote:

Yeah I know what you mean. I'm half english, raised in england so my accent is clearly british, but when people are faking accents they're not being true to themselves and their culture.

Though alot of people sometimes feel pressured to have a certain accent seeing as some people don't understand them when they talk in their original accents, I think. And so it introduces that insecurity of misunderstandings and so speaking in a aparticular accent often makes them more "understandable" in their heads, and so beating the whole point of being true to themselves.

It's difficult for me to have a go at people unless I know the route of why they choose to fake heir own accent.


Actually i like to know what western people thinks of native asian faking the accent.
I don't see how speaking in one's original language cease to make people understand another.
Singaporean are educated in english and their english is understandable unless we throw in the singlish which many will not use it when peaking to westerners.
I see no point in delibrately speakining in some western accents to be real honest.
My aunt's very close friend is a british and he visits us often.
When talking to him,i try not to talk in my tinge of accent and purposey try to make my speech snglish and yet he still understands!
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Ghost111 wrote:

Whats with accents? I live in Canada and I dont recall seeing anybody trying to fake an accent (ok, ppl try to immitate the British accent, but they can speak English fluently). If some native chinese person tries to fake an accent to look "cool" or something along that line, I'll do something about it.


I'm talking people[especially girls] in singapore talking with a westernised accent.
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if you're learning a language the best way to improve pronunciation is to imitate the accent, like if i was to speak french in a english accent rather than a french one, it wouldn't sound right. i mean fair dues if you can't imitate the accent and all but there's nothing wrong with doing it if you can.
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phillia wrote:

if you're learning a language the best way to improve pronunciation is to imitate the accent, like if i was to speak french in a english accent rather than a french one, it wouldn't sound right. i mean fair dues if you can't imitate the accent and all but there's nothing wrong with doing it if you can.


You usually see the fake accent with whitewashed peeps.
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this is an odd one. trying to sound like someone youre not is one thing, but when i learnt german and french at school the whole point was to try and speak it with a german and french accent. when i speak french i go out of my way to make it sound as french as possible. so it really doesnt bother me when i hear people speak english with english accents, i just think they learnt how to speak english well. my boyfriend speaks english very well, i sometimes forget he isnt a brit, then he speaks mandarin and dialect just as fluently. i dont think its a problem. maybe the difference is an asian listening to an asian accented english speaker will understand what they are saying more than an english person would without the more english accent. is no biggy though in my opinion
Posted 12/18/07
When I go back to China and if I hear people speaking English or if people find out that I live in the UK, their English has always always got this weird American accent which I didn't understand. I only assumed that it's from watching US sitcoms or something.

However, later I found out it's because that's the way they are taught because English teachers in China are almost always from the US.
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when peaking to westerners

lol! i read it like when peaking at westerners..haha dont mind me*pervert thoughts*

sometimes i get irritated at my friend who tried to speak british accent..

i've met many girls trying to talk with westernised accent at the mrt..it doesnt suit them.At All ! they think they look cool by just doing that ~~
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Ratmar wrote:

Yeah I know what you mean. I'm half english, raised in england so my accent is clearly british, but when people are faking accents they're not being true to themselves and their culture.

Though alot of people sometimes feel pressured to have a certain accent seeing as some people don't understand them when they talk in their original accents, I think. And so it introduces that insecurity of misunderstandings and so speaking in a aparticular accent often makes them more "understandable" in their heads, and so beating the whole point of being true to themselves.

It's difficult for me to have a go at people unless I know the route of why they choose to fake heir own accent.


Actually i like to know what western people thinks of native asian faking the accent.
I don't see how speaking in one's original language cease to make people understand another.
Singaporean are educated in english and their english is understandable unless we throw in the singlish which many will not use it when peaking to westerners.
I see no point in delibrately speakining in some western accents to be real honest.
My aunt's very close friend is a british and he visits us often.
When talking to him,i try not to talk in my tinge of accent and purposey try to make my speech snglish and yet he still understands!


I don't know. I'm not saying everyone, I mean, I understand! but I've seen a cluster of people that just go on to say they don't understand some accents. I don't know whether it's just being obnoxious or not listening properly.

I'm just saying that I think most people put on a western accent just because apparently its more "universal" or something. I think it's just a habit people have developed when talking to people of different backgrounds, so even if it annoys some people of the fake accents, it's just like a relfex and alot of people can't help it.

This is a little off-topic but I work in a health shop, and an American man with a strong American accent came in. He pronounces "vitamin" differently from me, and when he was asking where he could find the B vitamins and such, I found it difficult to say "vitamin" in my own accent, even though I know very well that it wouldn't make any difference. I think it's just a self-concious habit and I didn't want to make the man feel as if I was correcting his accent.
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snottyenglishgirl wrote:

this is an odd one. trying to sound like someone youre not is one thing, but when i learnt german and french at school the whole point was to try and speak it with a german and french accent. when i speak french i go out of my way to make it sound as french as possible. so it really doesnt bother me when i hear people speak english with english accents, i just think they learnt how to speak english well. my boyfriend speaks english very well, i sometimes forget he isnt a brit, then he speaks mandarin and dialect just as fluently. i dont think its a problem. maybe the difference is an asian listening to an asian accented english speaker will understand what they are saying more than an english person would without the more english accent. is no biggy though in my opinion



I agree that speaking with an accent to accomodate for the language is the best but over here,we got tons of wannabe whites who are usually girls.
They're the ones who speak in the fake accent out of nowhere and shuns their mother toungue and consider it as inferior.
Clearly,we are not looking as people taking the step to improve their language.
We're looking at wannabes!
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Posted 12/18/07

Ratmar wrote:


darrylchan wrote:


Ratmar wrote:

Yeah I know what you mean. I'm half english, raised in england so my accent is clearly british, but when people are faking accents they're not being true to themselves and their culture.

Though alot of people sometimes feel pressured to have a certain accent seeing as some people don't understand them when they talk in their original accents, I think. And so it introduces that insecurity of misunderstandings and so speaking in a aparticular accent often makes them more "understandable" in their heads, and so beating the whole point of being true to themselves.

It's difficult for me to have a go at people unless I know the route of why they choose to fake heir own accent.


Actually i like to know what western people thinks of native asian faking the accent.
I don't see how speaking in one's original language cease to make people understand another.
Singaporean are educated in english and their english is understandable unless we throw in the singlish which many will not use it when peaking to westerners.
I see no point in delibrately speakining in some western accents to be real honest.
My aunt's very close friend is a british and he visits us often.
When talking to him,i try not to talk in my tinge of accent and purposey try to make my speech snglish and yet he still understands!


I don't know. I'm not saying everyone, I mean, I understand! but I've seen a cluster of people that just go on to say they don't understand some accents. I don't know whether it's just being obnoxious or not listening properly.

I'm just saying that I think most people put on a western accent just because apparently its more "universal" or something. I think it's just a habit people have developed when talking to people of different backgrounds, so even if it annoys some people of the fake accents, it's just like a relfex and alot of people can't help it.

This is a little off-topic but I work in a health shop, and an American man with a strong American accent came in. He pronounces "vitamin" differently from me, and when he was asking where he could find the B vitamins and such, I found it difficult to say "vitamin" in my own accent, even though I know very well that it wouldn't make any difference. I think it's just a self-concious habit and I didn't want to make the man feel as if I was correcting his accent.


I know what your driving at really.
It isn't suprise for one to try to speak in an accent to another foreigner for the sake of proper communication.
But what if we're looking at individual who speaks in such accent delibrately,where their enviroment has 0.01% westerners and they talk to their fellow friends in an accent as though they have lived in american/uk for 10 years?
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animoo_x wrote:

When I go back to China and if I hear people speaking English or if people find out that I live in the UK, their English has always always got this weird American accent which I didn't understand. I only assumed that it's from watching US sitcoms or something.

However, later I found out it's because that's the way they are taught because English teachers in China are almost always from the US.


But in singapore,teachers are asians.
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this is interesting. honest question...im moving to singapore next year, am learning the language (or languages), and i like asian style...if i get the accent down well and choose to speak it to my singaporean friends and family over there who speak english and singish and mandarin etc, and am happy to dress asian-centric (not full on, just asian influenced as i do in england often enough) would that make me a wannabe chinese singaporean and should i be looked at with a bit of disaprooval? just wondering what you opinion is if the shoe was on the other foot



i think using an english accent should be a seperate issue to looking down on your mother tongue and culture - its possible to have a good english accent but still appreciate where you come from...maybe the topic isnt specific enough
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snottyenglishgirl wrote:

this is interesting. honest question...im moving to singapore next year, am learning the language (or languages), and i like asian style...if i get the accent down well and choose to speak it to my singaporean friends and family over there who speak english and singish and mandarin etc, and am happy to dress asian-centric (not full on, just asian influenced as i do in england often enough) would that make me a wannabe chinese singaporean and should i be looked at with a bit of disaprooval? just wondering what you opinion is if the shoe was on the other foot


You got me wrong miss.
Therectically,it should be the foreigners who intergrate into where they are staying so yes if you are dressing up in an asian style,it will be seen as a respect an not a disapproval.
What i'm saying is..an asian who grew up in a predominant asian society and talks to her asian friends and virtually almost everyone in an accent as though she has spent the last 10 years of her life in uk or the us.
Inaddition,she shuns her mother tongue and consider it as low class.

Are you sure she is intergrating or is she a wannabe?
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