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Old Jun 18th 2012, 7:50 pm
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First impressions are important, and after the initial visual scan, follows the audible scan.

This occurred to me today while out driving and listening to the radio. Some German was being interviewed about something, can't remember what, and I immediately thought of Herr Flick of the Gestapo

But it's not just because of Allo Allo. As a kid, all I ever saw on TV was old black n white films (eventually colour) of WW2 movies, and any time you seen a Nazi, they spoke like that. That brain-washing will be gone with the my kids and their generation hopefully.

I won't go into what I think of when I here a Swedish woman talking

So what are your favourite, and least favourite accents from both the UK and the world? male and female will be different of course

Favourite female accent: Southern Ireland
Favourite male accent: Australian (south)

Least favourite female: German
Least favourite male: South Africa
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Old Jun 18th 2012, 8:09 pm
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With regard to women my favourite accents are Dutch and Spanish..my least favourite sorry to say are Scottish and Northern Irish.

Men im not to bothered about but not a fan of Australian or that horrible brizzle/plymouth twang.
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With regard to women my favourite accents are Dutch and Spanish..my least favourite sorry to say are Scottish and Northern Irish.

Men im not to bothered about but not a fan of Australian or that horrible brizzle/plymouth twang.
I would add Italian to the women column ( although that may have more to do with the looks of the Spanish and Italian women I have come across - ooooo errr )
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Always a touchy subject with me...my kid was born in France and when he speaks English has a funny foreign accent "it's waining" instead of raining, but his teachers tell me he has a funny foreign accent in French too - so it looks like I'll never win! I left the UK 25 years ago and have always lived in funny parts so I think I over enunciate on the How Now Brown Cow field. My father was from Edinburgh and my mother the Midlands, but I WISH I was from Tyneside or North Shields (very sexy) via any Italian (sexy gone nuclear)!
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I'm from Coventry and my other half is a Brummie. Am I disqualified from this thread?
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Old Jun 18th 2012, 8:23 pm
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I'm from Coventry and my other half is a Brummie. Am I disqualified from this thread?
Nah, unless you type with an accent
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I would add Italian to the women column ( although that may have more to do with the looks of the Spanish and Italian women I have come across - ooooo errr )
I did think about Latina women, but then you need to remember what they sound like when they are angry (which is always)
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I’m usually only interested in the content rather than the style of speech. That said, I find the American/Canadian accent to be the most grating. It sounds like they’ve all had mild strokes.
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I’m usually only interested in the content rather than the style of speech. That said, I find the American/Canadian accent to be the most grating. It sounds like they’ve all had mild strokes.
LOL, like YOU care what anyone else says
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First impressions are important, and after the initial visual scan, follows the audible scan.

This occurred to me today while out driving and listening to the radio. Some German was being interviewed about something, can't remember what, and I immediately thought of Herr Flick of the Gestapo

But it's not just because of Allo Allo. As a kid, all I ever saw on TV was old black n white films (eventually colour) of WW2 movies, and any time you seen a Nazi, they spoke like that. That brain-washing will be gone with the my kids and their generation hopefully.

I won't go into what I think of when I here a Swedish woman talking

So what are your favourite, and least favourite accents from both the UK and the world? male and female will be different of course

Favourite female accent: Southern Ireland
Favourite male accent: Australian (south)

Least favourite female: German
Least favourite male: South Africa


ssat wass not ferry naiss off juh
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Favourite - Scottish

Least - Asian (any of dialects)
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Favourite - Scottish

Least - Asian (any of dialects)
Wow, Asia is pretty big! lol, you hate them all?
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ssat wass not ferry naiss off juh
was that meant to be German?
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Favourite - Scottish

Least - Asian (any of dialects)
It is all about context. There is a time and a place when Asian accents can be quite alluring.
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I, like many other women, LOVE Irish (north or south) on a bloke. I wish I had a French accent because I think French women sound sophisticated and sexy. My dad has a strong north Walian accent and my mum's Korean so it's amazing that I've come ours with a rather non descript, hard-to-place uk accent. Although my husband says I get very Welsh when I'm drunk or angry.
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