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Which languages or cultures enjoy an english-speakers accent, and which do not like it ?

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For example in english a french/german/spanish/polish accent can be considered attractive to most people and nice to listen to.
Where as other asian languages etc might be stereo typically less so?

So which languages enjoy english-speaking natives speaking their language, or do not at all like it. And why does this phenomenon happen?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones

This is purely speculation but I wouldn't be surprised if the positivity towards accents in English is due to the inherent variance within the language already. In other words, it's commonly accepted that there're lots of ways to pronounce words. If I compare to Finnish, for example, we're less likely to call them "accents" and more likely to say "incorrect pronunciation". The differences between vowels in Finnish are also much more extreme than in English, which further slows vowel shifts etc. And this isn't to say that an average Finn would get angry or offended by a foreign accent, by no means. Just a different perspective I guess. This is would also explain why Finns often aim to lose the infamous Finnish accent. It's a common opinion among my peers that it sounds horrid. Mileage may vary of course.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oritteropo1
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I really like English spoken with the infamous Finnish accent!

Particularly the guy from the Hydraulic Press youtube channel. In fact a lot of his videos have comments from English speaking people who also like it... not every Finn sounds like him, but generally they all sound fine.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dagobertinchen

From a German point of view: French and Italian accents are very sexy, whereas English and Spanish accents are neither particularly nice nor dislikable. I think that's true for most accents. I find Slavic accents (and Finnish) quite monotonous, which can get tiring to listen to. I am not a fan of Indian accents, which sound often very ...explosive.

1 year ago

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    Accent attractiveness may also be related to how attractive a person perceives the speaker to be. The common stereotype for French/Spanish is that they are attractive, hence that might explain why people find those accents attractive. Personally I don't like either, but then again I make a conscious effort not to have a foreign accent.

    Also, from a Portuguese person's perspective, we don't necessarily like an English accent, but we are so impressed you made an effort to learn our language that it won't be a problem, especially if your grammar is good. People from Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Romania especially) tend to have a perfect accent when speaking Portuguese, it's quite impressive.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/AKicsiMacska
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    You know, now that you mention it, when I listen to people speak ukrainian and romanian and stuff, I often think it is Portuguese, because I speak none of those languages.

    I wonder if they phonetics are similar enough that speaking in a Ukrainian or Romanian accent is the same as speaking in a Portuguese accent....

    curious...

    1 year ago

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      I've heard people say that Portuguese people sound like Russians speaking Spanish. Our vowels (and a few consonants, like our "l") especially are closer to the Slavic languages than to the other Romance languages (except Romanian). I don't know about Ukranian, but Romanian sounds so much like Portuguese that sometimes I get confused for a few seconds when I can't understand what they are saying.

      Edit: I wouldn't say a Portuguese accent and a Ukranian/Romanian accent sound the same, the Portuguese accent lacks a certain...slavicness. Some Portuguese people sound almost Arab when speaking in English.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/AKicsiMacska
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      That's still pretty interesting though...

      I love linguistics and stuff so much!

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/veyseldoganme

      I think British accent is by far the best accent.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Rafforza
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      My favorite accents are completely different than my favorite languages. I like the Italian language a lot but not the accent. My favorite foreign accents are probably Mexican Spanish, Austrian German, and French. But I don't like standard German and Spain-Spanish accents

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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      You like my exact opposite! So cool! hahahaha

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Rosenoiree
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      Personally, I hate non-native accents, no matter which language is spoken with them. They're just extremely annoying to me to listen to, I even don't like to listen to myself speaking a foreign language until I have a decent accent in it. I think that in my country many people consider French accentto be, as you called it "attractive", but in my opinion it is only due to the stereotype, that French people are very romantic and elegant. On the other hand, most people in here don't like German accent and I think that it's more a case of a historical reasons than an actual sound of German accent, that makes people think that German accent is so unappealing.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/TYSONSINGL1

      english

      1 year ago