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04 March 2011 @ 07:38 pm
Accents...  
I was recently watching Two Weeks Notice, and now I find myself thinking a little too hard. Not so much about the movie, because really, since when does anything with Hugh Grant in it require high brain function? But about the attractiveness of his accent, or accents in general.

How does a normally unremarkable man's hotness, soar 50 points just because he has an interesting accent?

Not that Hugh Grant's unremarkable. But still. It reminds me of this one time a few years ago, I was at a bar with a girlfriend, when we were approached by this short, skinny, homely looking blond guy with crooked teeth. He dropped a few lame pick-up lines that we couldn't really hear over the music, we rolled our eyes and told him to get lost. But before he left, he leaned in so we could hear him better, to say that he was from Australia and that his name was Joey, like a baby kangaroo, and that's all she wrote. We squealed, declared him cute as a button, and deemed him worthy of our presence.

What is it with certain accents, I'll never understand. But I already know that I'm a total sucker, alongside with many other English speaking North American women, for some foreign accents, but what about non-English speakers, what do they think?

Thinking back to the few times I've been abroad, and when I relating stories of cute foreign boys back to my girlfriends, it's always, cute British/Australian accent this, sexy French/Italian/German accent that, and so on and so forth. I have to wonder, what do I sound like to them?

I mean, here they are (for the most part) attempting to speak a foreign language - English, and they sound DAMN fine! Would the reverse be the same? I guess what I'm trying to ask is, when North American (because I can't imagine the British ever sounding lame) English speakers attempt to speak another language, let's say something European, do we sound as endearing as they sound to us, or do we sound like total dorks?

Another seriously cute accent is Japanese. Japanese people are so freakin' adorable when they attempt English, and I have to wonder, did I completely butcher the language in a gruesome way when I was in Japan, or did I stutter through all sweet-like?

Bottom line: do I have a sexy accent?

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sevenswells: Keep calm and fake a british accentsevenswells on March 5th, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)
Yay I have just the icon for that! XD

I don't know about any other accent, but for me, British accent does it every. Single. Time. It makes me automatically melt. I seriously don't know why, but I think it's so sexy! And as much as I hate French people speaking English with their horrible accent, I absolutely can't resist an English person speaking French with an English accent. I remember going to a Franz Ferdinand concert in France and Alex Kapranos was saying little phrases in French from time to time... it almost made me die of squee.

I don't think Australian accent would do it for me, though; most of my English teachers were Australian and looking back, I really didn't think their accents were glamourous or cool or cute at all.
mattiezumimattiezumi on March 9th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
What?!? I love French people speaking English with their horrible accent!!! I don't know what it is, but I think it sounds pretty sexy! And I pretty sure that anyone who speak British English can only do all kinds of right. It's like a rule or something.

I agree that Australian accents aren't glamorous at all, it sounds a little lazy and messy, and reminds me of Crocodile Dundee every time, who I find weirdly attractive... But I think it's really, really cuddly cute. That, and Australian accents remind me of half-naked tanned surfer boys, running in slow motion down the beach, with sun bleached wind tousled hair. With the setting sun and waves crashing as the back drop. Mmmmm.

So. Since you've had Australian instructors, does that mean when you speak English, you have an Australian accent too? There was this one woman I met a long, long time ago that was from Hong Kong, and because her teachers were from the UK, she had a slight British accent, which was super fun!