Fun Tour of American Accents | Amy Walker

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.

100 thoughts on “Fun Tour of American Accents | Amy Walker

  1. You're a bit off on your southern accent. We don't talk that slowly, and you sounded more like southern Mississippi and Louisiana. I'm from North Carolina and we don't have that kind of exaggerated draw.

  2. Since I spent 13 years in the south and moved back to Canada and I have been told I don't sound Canadian anymore. It never occurred to me while living there it would change the way I speak. I was told recently by a young woman in the house that I don't sound like her teachers at school. Having your accent change is just one of those things you never think about while you are living in another country, you just adapt to what you hear around you.

  3. Really enjoyed the video wonderful voice, superb America has such diversity and magnificence really, just have to pick it and clean it off. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ„

  4. That was impressive. Yeah NYC alone has 3 or 4 different accents. Staten Island accent is different than Brooklyn which is also different than Manhattan.

  5. I wanna learn the New York accent, cuz I don't have an accent at all, there are just random times where I'll sound southern in a random word… ; – ;

  6. So, I'm from Wisconsin, and I honestly had NO clue that had an accent until I pronounced the words you pronounced. Mine's not as thick, but it's there. "Wiscansin" Lol

  7. There is just one southern accent. In South Carolina alone thereโ€™s at least 4. There is a upstate more hill country accent. Thereโ€™s the traditional low country accent. In Charleston thereโ€™s an accent thatโ€™s particular to the South of Broad (Street), that has the down east sound of Boston. And then there is the Gullah spoken by some of the island black people. Iโ€™ve had many an actor spoil a film for me by not realizing that their character was from Charleston not Texas.

  8. Amy, this is the only accents video of yours Iโ€™ve seen. Have you done Baltimore? Look up this on YouTube, Livinโ€™ In An Essex Wonderland. Itโ€™s a trifle exaggerated, but not much. L

  9. Nice job! Only observation is that the accents are exaggerated in the sense you chose very specific places (new York, Deep South, Midwest). Try accents which are more subtle maybe Delaware? Or Maryland

  10. 2:14 Here in Michigan we have a kind of "lesser" version of the Minnesota/Wisconsin thing. But one of our trademarks is shortening 3 syllable words to 2. Here we pronounce To-ron-to Canada as 'Tronno' or prob-ab-ly as 'probly' or worse 'prolly' And NO ONE in Michigan can say a simple word like asked. Blacks say 'axed' and whites say 'ast'

  11. Amy, you are very talented but you said there are many American accents yet you only demonstrated 5 or 6 of them. Can you do the Southwest for instance or the Plains States or the Southern Coastal barrier islands? Just curious how far you have dug into all the various American accents. Does every region of each state have a distinctive accent? Is North Central Florida different from South Georgia? I would love to hear you document more accents.

  12. Minnesotans do not talk like that…you totally ripped off the fake accent from movies like Fargo and New in Town. Spend some time here seriously youโ€™re completely off.

  13. Amy, youโ€™re a great voice teacher. Youโ€™ve helped me to understand so much about American accents. Garsh…ok, Iโ€™m one of your fans.

  14. I lived in Cambridge UK, Texas, new York and I'm originally from turkey. I learned French as a kid before English and have been with a Scandinavian and now talk mostly to a native Greek speaker in English. My accent is a weird mix of all of those with some movie Californian thrown in!

  15. I took a linguistics course in college and my professor said that the California accent is the one linguists really hate. She said that somehow, the Middle English dialect, which was presumed dead, made its way clean across the continent to the West Coast, that is, the way words are pronounced. Linguistics is fascinating! You learn how to listen to yourself and how your regional accent compares to others. I'm proud of my California accent. Accent elimination is so sad, everyone should be proud of theirs whatever it is.

  16. I grew up in Washington state & no native ever said "Wer-shington." That was a dead give away for someone not from there.

  17. Itโ€™s funny, growing up in the south, I always felt a little insecure thinking that the rest of the country make fun of us for the way we talk but when I go to New York and Boston, Iโ€™m thinking โ€˜God why do they talk like that?โ€™ . Itโ€™s all good. Diversity is fun. Imagine how boring the world would be if everyone was the exact same!

  18. When we lived in Louisiana, I could clearly identify at least 5 or 6 distinct regional accents – Could tell which part of the state they were from.

  19. amy walker!!!! you are so friggggggginnnn adorable!!! your accents are great too!!! but i missed you doing a boston accent!!!! can you make a video with a boston accent??? also i am personally studying spanish accents i would love to see you do that as well!!! please and thank you in advance!!!! sincerely your newest fan!!!

  20. Talent, an infectious smile, a captivating personally, all wrapped up in an incredibly beauty package. Yes, I'd love some of that delicious sweet tea mam.

  21. Between the hair, EYES, and acting ability, this bird could join any yacht club, and clean out many Pompous Old Guy (POG) fortunes. (OTOH, that top–and matching eye shadow–are totally NOT her color… perhaps selected for theatrical effect?)

  22. Just like a one on one lesson, only free! Holy crap this seriously was juuuuuuust like a one on one lesson. Iโ€™m freaking out at how identical this was to a one on one lesson. Itโ€™s almost like I could interrupt her and ask questions or she was able to adapt to how slow/fast o was learning!

    Soooooooooooo ducking lame.

  23. Ayup…gotta do that there old New Hampsha. Cuz if yado it right y'understan lot mor bout this hayaa New England culcha!

  24. When she spoke with the New York and North Eastern accent she sounds just like Marisa Tomei in โ€œMy Cousin Vinny.โ€

  25. It's amazing how her personality changes to accentuate the accents. Very talented and observant. Her demeanour, her expressions and attitude shift dramatically. Very interesting to watch.

  26. Pretty good stuff but where is the Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado accents. Ahhh, maybe we don't have any and all other accents are a perversion of the pure speakers. Maybe, just maybe

  27. You are mesmerizing. And beautiful; that is, beauty revealed in who you are. And your art seems so genuineโ€”so desperately needed and appreciated among the too-prevalent gimmicky. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  28. As a Minnesotan, that was amazing ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘, also we got big Os, like we pronounce thenO in Minnesota like MinnesOta, ya know what I mean

  29. The Virginia accent has a nice โ€œtrillโ€ to it. I wish you would do that.

    Yes, the Southern accent was so warm.

  30. I love how you change facial expressions with every accent. Like, you make southerners look real dignified (which they are compared to a lot of places, they may be poor but boy do they have manners). Then you bring it to the midwest and you just got like the completely clueless sheltered "let me melk my cows" look hahahahah

  31. The "flight attendant" voice can also be heard at Disney World. "Keep your hands and feet in the car at all times and please, no flash photography."

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