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  #1456641 24-Dec-2015 17:21
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MikeB4: I simply don't give a toss about accents, I am interested in what people say not how they say it


What is the point in that if you can't understand it?

A few of the recent experiences with Bangalore recently made me consider driving into oncoming traffic.


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  #1456645 24-Dec-2015 17:24
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The Mrs and I get a laugh watching "Motorway Patrol" and "Police Tin Sivin" over here. smile

 
 
 
 


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  #1456647 24-Dec-2015 17:26
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sbiddle: I think most NZers (and I count myself in that) speak horribly. It's not just out accent, but our inability to pronounce words.


LOL, my Kiwi wife was ribbed in Norway for pronouncing Mars Bars as "Maaas baash". You tend to leave out R's here.

Don't think Kiwis talk that fast though, but usually faster than Ozzies. 

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  #1456653 24-Dec-2015 17:41
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networkn:
MikeB4: I simply don't give a toss about accents, I am interested in what people say not how they say it


What is the point in that if you can't understand it?

A few of the recent experiences with Bangalore recently made me consider driving into oncoming traffic.



One hears more as one listens more attentively

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  #1456658 24-Dec-2015 17:42
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blakamin: The Mrs and I get a laugh watching "Motorway Patrol" and "Police Tin Sivin" over here. smile


Why

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  #1456661 24-Dec-2015 17:46
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MikeB4:
blakamin: The Mrs and I get a laugh watching "Motorway Patrol" and "Police Tin Sivin" over here. smile


Why

Every second word is "bro".

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  #1456662 24-Dec-2015 17:46
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sbiddle: I think most NZers (and I count myself in that) speak horribly. It's not just out accent, but our inability to pronounce words.




Or spell them. Sorry.





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  #1456663 24-Dec-2015 17:53
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MikeB4:
networkn:
MikeB4: I simply don't give a toss about accents, I am interested in what people say not how they say it


What is the point in that if you can't understand it?

A few of the recent experiences with Bangalore recently made me consider driving into oncoming traffic.



One hears more as one listens more attentively


Oh, so THAT'S what I have been doing wrong for the last 15 years of dealing with overseas helpdesks!

/me rolls his eyes

Good Grief.


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  #1456665 24-Dec-2015 17:56
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Geektastic: Out of pure curiosity, do you think the accent has 'thickened' (for want of a better expression) over 50 years or so and if so, why?

Watch a few country calender episodes from the '60s. Farmers putting on their best queen's english attempts for the cameras. Including Maori farmers as well. It was kind of expected. Of course there were a few minor ex-aristocrat farmers in the mix long long ago as well.

Imo there are many factors in the change. Some being a greater length of time since the original European ancestry and some being greater confidence as a nation of many peoples with diverse ancestry.

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  #1456666 24-Dec-2015 17:57
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networkn:
MikeB4:
networkn:
MikeB4: I simply don't give a toss about accents, I am interested in what people say not how they say it


What is the point in that if you can't understand it?

A few of the recent experiences with Bangalore recently made me consider driving into oncoming traffic.



One hears more as one listens more attentively


Oh, so THAT'S what I have been doing wrong for the last 15 years of dealing with overseas helpdesks!

/me rolls his eyes

Good Grief.



I have also dealt with them for many many years and stressed. I also dealt with countless migrants and it was there that I learnt to listen.

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  #1456673 24-Dec-2015 18:11
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sbiddle:
alasta: I have also noticed that New Zealand newsreaders sound a lot more British if you listen to archival material that is several decades old. Dougal Stevenson and Philip Sherry, for example, sound quite different from the modern newsreaders.


In the old days you had to have a "BBC accent" - that was part of the training.



Yes that's what I thought too - ie the accent coaching was part of the training and a prerequisite to being allowed on air. I'm pretty sure there was even an exam.

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  #1456678 24-Dec-2015 18:17
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I haven't had any trouble understanding the accent in ages. I probably just need to get out more. ;)

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i worked in Brixton, London for a couple months and everyone thought i was Irish in fact in the 80's when i was in London no one could tell where i came from, except the Australians. but our accent has changed as the American market has become more prominent due to the internet and our TV showing more American programs  .




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blakamin: The Mrs and I get a laugh watching "Motorway Patrol" and "Police Tin Sivin" over here. smile
at an old job I had we were all performance standard tested by an Aussie outfit. Everything went well till the end when I couldn't work out why he kept asking me to get the leed. Leed? I don't need a leed.

Then it dawned on me later he was talking about a lid.

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Is the NZ Accent sound that bad to foreigners? I can't see why Graham Norton is laughing so much.. Its just boring story as spoken by a NZer.


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