Help me to understand you all please! :)

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    Hello everyone,

    I am learning English day after day... And I understand more written English than spoken one, because of my lack of practice. Which is why I have been listening to American audios and videos online and I am improving. Some accents are harder to understand than others to me.

    If that is possible, I'd like you to tell me what State you live in and then give me some names of TV shows, celebrities or just websites links where I can hear your accent. :)

    I hope I explained well... and that you peeps don't mind doing that for me.

    Have a good day! :)
     
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    Hi, Jolly! I live in Southern Ohio. It would be difficult to tell you which tv shows have my kind of accent. My cousins in Missouri accuse me of having a country "twang," but I have heard many people with a much more pronounced Southern drawl than I have.

    I remember hearing once that newspeople have to try to erase their accents when they go to work.

    Good luck with learning the language. It is so impressive when someone can communicate in more than one language.
     
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    I live in Colorado where we have a very boring accent that can be found on most news shows and announcer's schools....

    When we travel outside the US most people think we are from Canada, but we don't use the 'eh' that the Canadians do.
     
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    I live in Alaska and nobody has much of an accent. Except for the natives, they tend to have a lot of L in their speach.
     
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    I live in Tennessee. There is something called a Southern Accent that is nomal throughout the southern states of the United States.

    I don't have one though. I was born in California where they don't necessarily have their own accident..but do have their own words.

    If you want a good laugh, listen to Jeff Foxworthy. He is a comedian who talks about somethin called a "redneck." That is a term for certain people who live in the south. Usually under-educated people.

    Looks like two years in a row for Lyon!

    Where do you think Henry will end up?
     
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    Thank you all for the replies! :) I have learned a little more thanks to you! :)

    Jeff Foxworthy? OK I'll look for audio/video about him, thank you! :)

    Mom4, it isn't very hard to learn a language... Practice is the secret! :D


    I have found this website :

    http://www.ku.edu/~idea/northamerica/usa/usa.htm

    I enjoy it a lot, there are many accents! If you listen to the "Ohio3" file, please tell me if you understand easily all what he's saying... because that is probably the sound file I understand the least... And I WANT to understand Ohioan accent...

    New York and New Jersey accents are easier to understand for me so far!

    If you guys ever find another link like that, don't hesitate to share it with me, okie dokie? :D

    Thank you all and feel free to tell me more about your accent, your expressions, anything... I am just impatient to discover more! :D
     
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    Their own "accident"? Is that what you call a ... Freudian slip? :p :D
     
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    Geez..no kidding.

    Fingers got ahead of me. That is what I get for typing the word "accent" and talking to someone on the phone about an "accident" at the same time!
     
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    LOL I wasn't laughing at you, those things happen to me too! :D :) You were talking on the phone about an accident? Hope this accident is nothing major!?
     
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    Why don't you start by telling us who you are and where you're at?
     

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