Fun Tour of American Accents | Amy Walker

[Standard American accent]
Congratulations! You’ve made it through all five parts of the Standard American Accent Tutorial. Welcome to the bonus. Time for some fun! I hope the whole things been fun, I’ve had fun. But this, I thought we would go through some of the regionalisms of the country, because it’s a huge country. No two accents sound the same, even if they’re from the same city. So, I thought we would start with, you know, the [New York accent]
East Coast. Like New York, and, um, you’ll definitely get more of your consonants here, a little bit harder. Your ‘T’s won’t be ‘D’s so much, um, you know, just focusing on New York for a minute, you get kind of this ‘trumpet’ effect, I call it the ‘trumpet’. ‘Cause it’s like, here we are, and it’s really crowded in the city, so you gotta make your space, you know, announce your space. So, if I say ‘talk’, you know, the sound is going ‘aw’, out, and I’m marking my territory, right? So, then you [Southern accent: non-rhotic]
come down South and it’s a little bit different, you gon’ take all that and bring it home, bring it down, calm it down a little bit. [Southern accent: rhotic]
Or, you have your Southern accents we call rhotic, meaning you pronounce the ‘R’ at the end of the word or the sentence. So, there are many different Southern
accents where you will pronounce the ‘R’ and kind of lean on it in that charming
kind of way. [Southern accent: non-rhotic]
Or, the the ones where you don’t pronounce the ‘R Now in general, y’all slow
down a little bit, y’all have to lean on somethin’ a little bit more. ‘Cause it’s hot on down here [affirming]
Mmmmm [Southern accent variations]
Y’know, y’all can have your accent quite fast, wanna pick it up. Some, we don’t have any consonants, pretty much, y’know? Y’know what I’m saying? [laughs] [Standard American accent]
Lots to explore, and then [Midwest accent]
when you bring it up to the part of the country where the land is wide and flat you’re gonna get more of a wide flat sound to your accent, up in Minnesota, Wisconsin. So, they call that the ‘Midwest’. I don’t know why, it’s really the North, or the middle. Maybe ’cause at one point when it was just the East Coast everything else was West so you can get that up there. But, in general it’s like you can just pull the rubber bands of your cheeks wide and then ‘too’ and you go
from ‘ooo’ to wide and that’s fun. [laughs] [Californian accent]
And then, you know if you bring it sort of to the West Coast, really more like to California, you know, I’m just gettin’ a little bit heavier a little bit kinda louder and just kinda, “Here I am, you know, nothing to hide! I mean I’m just here.” and… yeah! And then if get really into kinda this ‘now’ thing [with rising pitch]
you can even bring it up at the ends of your sentences. And things like “sen’ence” [Standard American accent]
I wouldn’t say “sen’ence”, I would say sentence. That’s just me. I tend to articulate a little bit more than that. But you can bring this kind of West Coast thing up to Oregon and Seattle as well, some people in Washington say “Wer-shing-den”, “Wer-shen-den” but that’s not kids, that would be of a particular generation, “Wer-shen-den”. And these are total generalisations, there are infinite accents within. In fact, you get things like Your newscaster, where you have a very
particular training to sound like you know what you’re talking about. We vary our melody quite a lot so that people can stay attuned to what we’re saying because if we level off what we’re saying and don’t vary our pitch very much it’s a lot harder to follow what we’re saying, so we vary it a lot! Or, you’ve got your flight attendant: “Okay, thank you very much here, now if you just put your seat backs and tray tables in their upright and locked position for me we’ll get under way. Take a moment and find the exit nearest you, bearing in mind it may be behind you. Thank you.” Many different regionalisms, this is just a sampling. But the more you get into some of the differences, the more you watch, and practice, and soak it up, you know, pause a movie or just sit there and…
[mouths silently copying an accent] it’ll help you develop your ability to mimic, to hear a sound and know what your mouth needs to do, what your body needs to do, in order to recreate that sound. So, it can be fun to just hear something random, [makes noise]
“Wharh” and go “Wharh”, again. Or, [makes noise]
“Bebo” “Bebo” Or difference languages will help you too. [speaking French]
Trois, trois You know, don’t just say “to-was” [laughs] Or a velociraptor, [makes sounds of velociraptor roar] So, the more you practice these different things it will help you with your American, I promise you. And then that will help you with any other accents you wish to bring into yourself. Expanding your identity. Expanding who you are to include these other things. That with this, it doesn’t mean that you’re not who you were before you’re just adding to that some of these other tools Thank you! I hope you’ve had a wonderful time and maybe I’ll see you back here again soon. Take care. Vibes to you, and all you do. We are connected.

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  1. Would you discuss this thing about croaking the last couple of words of sentences? It drives me nuts. Almost as much as "like." Do we have the West Coast to thank/blame for this puss-running pimple on American English?

  2. Good Sara Palin… How about Indiana? What's funny is Kentuckians say Louisville, as lullville, now just across the river in Indiana. It's more Louie-ville

  3. Hey, the midwest doesn't all sound like that. You're talking about Wisconsin and Michigan. Those fuckers sound like canadians.

  4. I live in St Louis where we have a very particular sound and it actually depends on your race for the most part black people sound like Nelly and white people talk with a slight southern accent some more than others and then there's also a large group of people that just sound like they're from Chicago but if you drive 30 miles anywhere outside of the city you really start to get a lot of southern accents and if you travel 150 miles south of St Louis everybody starts to sound like they are in Kentucky or Tennessee but it seems like they all just mash together right here in St Louis

  5. Weirdest video Iโ€™ve ever seen… I LIVE FOR IT.


    Me (a midwesterner) during every other accent: ooooo pretty ๐Ÿ˜Œ

    Me during the midwestern accent: โ˜น๏ธ

  6. So cool ! American accents are , like British accents . Different all over USA and UK . Humans are remarkable . The lady was great , thanks for sharing . I'm an Aussie .

  7. It's a lot more complicated than that- just in the down-state New York area alone. Westchester County, The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn etc.

  8. Best by far of the first 30 searches on YouTube for "American accent." They do vary; she has fun with the vowel shifts. Best of all is how she skewers "local" newscasters. (Tip to somebody out there: make a video of random car salesmen/women in 50 states!)

  9. She should be an actress who plays an under cover detective who takes on all kinds of personalities. Awesome.

  10. Wow, New York City has a different accent than the rest of the state. Buffalo area sounds a lot different and no body talks about that. New York City doesn't equal the State

  11. It's kind of shocking how comparatively unattractive the NY accent was. The same physical person, but with a non NY tone, was attractive.

  12. California one is always so inaccurate. You only ever hear that โ€œaccentโ€ in movies or tv shows

  13. Sorry but I've lived almost 40 years just outside Nashville (my whole life) and none of these Southern accents sound like anything I hear on a daily basis. For one, Southerners don't all drag out their words. We speak fast and trail off lots of the endings in words but not in the way that was represented here. Most of these Southern accents sound like someone doing a period piece from the deep South lol. It's still fun to watch though!

  14. How the hell does your face magically change to the sterotypical regional face? It's mesmerizing.

  15. I know it's supposed to be a fun video, but I love in the Midwest, specifically in Michigan, and nobody sounds like her Midwest accent lol

  16. I'm from South Carolina and the first southern accent you did was SPOT ON for a lot of my friends who live in the smaller towns like around Columbia especially

  17. The rhotic one sounds EXACTLY like how my friends speak. They are from southern Indiana, however that's not really "the south" so it's kind of funny. The midwest accent is definitely Minnesota-ish. I personally have started adapting a Chicagoan accent from living here for a few years, to the point where people can instantly pinpoint that I'm from there. I'm betting my accent will change yet again when I move up north to Canada in a few months.

  18. I'm southern from Georgia and my husband is Canadian so you can imagine the fun accents there. I have him saying "y'all" and he's got me saying "that's fahked (fucked) bud"

  19. Fry al satanic insurance workers fry everyone who works the fields fry all CIA dea FBI law enforcement union workers entertainment industry slaves rehab hotel workers bar workers and lobbyists because you are all whoresbem

  20. Me saying farewell to the boys hoping we reunite when youtube puts this in our recomended again for no reason: waves in human

  21. Not gonna lie,… yo southern accent is on point. I'm an Okie with family scattered throughout the south and youd fit in just nice lol.

  22. Nobody talks like that stupid made up
    Southern belle accent in the south ! Iโ€™m from the south and nobody talks like that ! The accent is much harsher !

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