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does AUSTRALIA have the most annoying accent?

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sander

Australia

#1 Jun 7, 2011
why do australians have that tangy accent ... so annoying!!!
Richard

Wahroonga, Australia

#2 Jun 8, 2011
So much better than an Indian/Pakistani sing song accent
sander

Australia

#4 Jun 8, 2011
Richard wrote:
So much better than an Indian/Pakistani sing song accent
.... read the qu?????? Not asking about Indian/Pakistan .... only refers to AUSTRALIAN ACCENT!!!!:P
Kane

Fairfield, Australia

#5 Jun 8, 2011
you have an open question which allows him to refer to another countries accent u moron.

Since: Mar 11

Newcastle

#6 Jun 8, 2011
Of course not. Australians don't have an accent, the rest of the worlkd does. Everybody knows that.
loloaa

Manchester, UK

#7 Dec 13, 2011
to be honest i think idians have the worst accents
LMR

Australia

#8 Dec 13, 2011
I like the Australian accent if it's a city one - it doesn't seem exaggerated like so many other accents - no harsh r's, no clipped vowels, no inextricable sing-song up and down wavering, no high-pitched long-sustained notes, and just fast enough.
Enzo The Baker

New York, NY

#9 Dec 13, 2011
I've partied with you boys on occasion...vaguely remember comments regarding lumber, a 2x4 is a 4be2 and toilet water flowing in the wrong direction in North America...I was drinking bourbon...

Since: Oct 11

Timmins, Canada

#10 Dec 14, 2011
Is it an accent or a national speech impediment?
moderate

Enid, OK

#11 Dec 14, 2011
Yank Oliver wrote:
Is it an accent or a national speech impediment?
lmaooooo

“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Dianella, Australia

#12 Dec 14, 2011
Now that we've got the sweeping generalizations out of the way,(I hope)... like most Anglophone nations Australia hosts a variety of accents even among Australians born and bred.

People overseas seem most fixated upon the broad "Ocker" Aussie accent as if it's the only one we've got.

Truth be known they've probably heard a lot of Aussies with milder accents and haven't realized that those are also Australians.
Liverpool FC

Tolland, Australia

#13 Dec 14, 2011
The average educated city Australian accent is very clear and pleasant to listen to. It lies somewhere between UK and USA accents (albeit there is much variety in those). Disproportionately, due to Australia's small population, quite a lot of Australian newsreaders are employed globally (eg. CNN international) due to their clarity and mild tone.

However, something went severely awry with Gillard's voice. Very unusual. It's almost unbearable and an international embarrassment.)

“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Dianella, Australia

#14 Dec 14, 2011
Liverpool FC wrote:
However, something went severely awry with Gillard's voice. Very unusual. It's almost unbearable and an international embarrassment.)
Gillard's accent is basically South Australian ... but an unfortunate caricature.

Her strident delivery is obnoxiously condescending. It's the sort of thing that Arch Feminists devote 3-month Night Courses to cultivating. If they can drag words out long enough by the time they're finished their opposition has lost momentum and with any luck forgotten what they were going to say. It's a domination tool, along with the trademark Feminist 'scoff' to laugh aside unwelcome questions (another 3-month Night Course).

Since: Nov 11

.

#15 Dec 15, 2011
Waht is strine I hear about? Is like strain?

Since: Apr 07

TERRA AUSTRALIS

#16 Dec 15, 2011
I know. It's very annoying. Can you imagine being married to one? I'm sure it's crossed your mind.
tick toc tic toc

Chesterfield, MO

#17 Dec 15, 2011
Cyrano de Bee wrote:
Waht is strine I hear about? Is like strain?
Is like Cyrup which is what you'll be by the time Beady strains you out.

Just wait till he catches up with you, silly little boy.
Visionary

Toronto, Canada

#18 Dec 15, 2011
My first day in Aussie, I couldn't get a word of what

they were saying.

Silly white trash of asia.
Bob

Tolland, Australia

#19 Dec 15, 2011
You're a smart one. Isolated Australia has got as much in common geographically/culturally with Asia as Switzerland does with Africa.

There's Asia and Australia. That's two of the world's 7 continents.

Shalom

Bittern, Australia

#20 Dec 15, 2011
Accent is no worse than:
The Dimdian
The Paki
Can't think anyone else?

“diddlysquat”

Since: Dec 11

Kowloon, Hong Kong

#21 Dec 15, 2011
Liverpool FC wrote:
The average educated city Australian accent is very clear and pleasant to listen to. It lies somewhere between UK and USA accents (albeit there is much variety in those). Disproportionately, due to Australia's small population, quite a lot of Australian newsreaders are employed globally (eg. CNN international) due to their clarity and mild tone.
However, something went severely awry with Gillard's voice. Very unusual. It's almost unbearable and an international embarrassment.)
I agree that the average city educated Australian accent is very clear and pleasant to listen to. However, although it may sound surprising, there are some Australians raised in regional and rural areas who also have a pleasant accent, or at least a clear one. I think your accent is like your vocabulary, you can improve it and modify it if you are interested and if you see the need to do so. A lot depends on your upbringing, the social class of your family, your level of education (self taught or formal), your temperament and other factors. Perhaps accent is just a cultural by-product which can be adjusted by training and phonetic exercises, repetition and etc. Has anybody seen the play "Pygmalion" and the film version "My Fair Lady" (1964)? I guess, some would argue that we should just be ourselves and expect people to accept us as we are. I do believe, however, that if we can change our hairstyle, buy new shoes in the latest style, or make efforts to always be dressed decently, neatly, and fashionably when we go out in the society, and still be ourselves, then I see no reason why we can't adjust our language, our accent, our choice of words in order to suit the situation. It just takes awareness, willingness, flexibility, and patience.
I am currently studying at a university in Hong Kong. One of my professors has an accent that was extremely difficult to pin down. After the first lecture I still couldn't figure it out so I asked him if he was a Kiwi (although I didn't notice any mixing of the "i" and "e" vowels). He said "no". Next, I asked if he was a Brit. Also not. Finally I suggested that he must be an Aussie, at which he replied "Absolutely not. I'm an Australian". As for what he really meant by this, your guess is as good as mine, and as our American friends would say... "go figure".

Julia Gillard would arguably do well to consider modifying her accent, which I agree is less than pleasing to the ear. But for a politician to accept that they have a weakness, to admit to it publicly (everyone would notice if she changed the way she speaks), and do something about it, now this would really require the presence of certain admirable qualities which in my opinion are conspicuously absent from political cultures and are in fact anathema to any self-respecting politician. Qualities like humility, sincerity, and personal integrity, to name just a few.

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