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Old 07-13-2006, 12:25 AM   #1
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I was watching an english action movie (Lock, stock, and two smoking barrels) and I realized that a british accent sounds really cool! I wish I had one lol .

Maybe it was just the actors voice or something but it made him sound "cool."
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ya, i have always secretly admired english accents. i have a question for english accent bearing people: can you do an "american accent" like americans can do english accents? ive always wanted to know, but ive never known someone with an english accent to ask. also, do people over in europe consider themselves to have accents? or do they consider themselves normal and say that americans have accents? lol
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Thats a great movie Pity almost everyone ends up dead... ( I hope i didnt spoil that)
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Old 07-13-2006, 12:31 AM   #4
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Lol, I wonder what an American accent sounds like.

Of course we have different regions so it sounds different in different parts.

I'm from the West Coast, btw.
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ya, i have always secretly admired english accents. i have a question for english accent bearing people: can you do an "american accent" like americans can do english accents? ive always wanted to know, but ive never known someone with an english accent to ask. also, do people over in europe consider themselves to have accents? or do they consider themselves normal and say that americans have accents? lol
As you probably know, I'm English, & yes, I can do a passable American accent, the one I can do best is the Texan drawl, especially Bush's way of speaking, including his bloopers, the other is the Bawston [sorry, Boston] twang.

I think accents are important, the old idea was that we all went about saying things like: "old bean", "don'tcha know" & "oh, I say! that was nobilityspeak in the 20's & 30's, equally so we don't say "what'cher me old cock sparrer, in the in London's east end, me?, I live on the Isle of Wight now, but was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, & Americans have said I sounded like a cockney, naah, nuffin like it guv!, wot a bl**din' insult, wanna buncha fives??? [translations given on request] lol.
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As you probably know, I'm English, & yes, I can do a passable American accent, the one I can do best is the Texan drawl, especially Bush's way of speaking, including his bloopers, the other is the Bawston [sorry, Boston] twang.

I think accents are important, the old idea was that we all went about saying things like: "old bean", "don'tcha know" & "oh, I say! that was nobilityspeak in the 20's & 30's, equally so we don't say "what'cher me old cock sparrer, in the in London's east end, me?, I live on the Isle of Wight now, but was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, & Americans have said I sounded like a cockney, naah, nuffin like it guv!, wot a bl**din' insult, wanna buncha fives??? [translations given on request] lol.
lol, when english people switch on their colloquial phrases its impossible for a foriegner to understand them.
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lol, when english people switch on their colloquial phrases its impossible for a foriegner to understand them. !
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lol, when english people switch on their colloquial phrases its impossible for a foriegner to understand them.
Yes, I understand that exactly "old bean", but the reverse is the same, some Americans speak so fast, it's a job to make out a single word sometimes, but hey, let's not end up by criticising each other, the world would be horrible [or as we Brit's might say, gha-a-a-a-stly] without accents?, yuck, boring boring boring!!
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lol, when english people switch on their colloquial phrases its impossible for a foriegner to understand them.
I love the bit in austin powers where they start speaking cockney to have a private conversation.

the point of the phrases is that they arn't meant to be understood. cockney is a slang language where word rhyme, it was invented so that criminals would talk in public about ilegal things without authorities having a clue what they were on about.

whilst I'm no kind of authority on it, I'll list a few colloquial phrases and the translations. (some of them you probably have in america too, cause I'm not going to stict to cockney phrases...

give us a monkey - can I have five quid? (quid - pound)
lend us a score - can I borrow twenty pounds?
Apples and pears - stairs
meat pies - eyes
I can't adam and eve it - I can't believe it.
you're having a tin bath/giraffe/birdbath - you're having a laugh
I don't give an aylsbury duck - I don't give a (it's rhyming slang figure the rest out yourself!)
Tonight I'm going to the dolly mixtures - tonight I'm giong to the pictures (cinema).
Trouble and strife - wife
Having a barclays / (having a barclays bank) - haveing a (again rhyming slang, figure it out)
I'm just off to the bath tub - I'm going to the pub
I'll cut your billy goat, - I'll cut your throat
mind you'r own bees wax - mind your own business
big ben - ten
bottle stopper - copper - policeman
it's all bubble and sqeak to me - it's all greek to me - I don't understand it
wooden plank - yank - american
Vera lynn and tonic - gin and tonic
tea leaf - theif
thrupenny bits - tits
Barney rouble - Trouble
Poms - australians
He's a crim - he's a criminal
I'm going for a ten once rump - I'm going for a dump - going to the toilet
tin tank - bank
tit for tat - hat
thomas tank - masturbate
Talk and mutter - butter
rabbit and pork - talk
rabbit - talk incessantly
rubarb crumble - grumble
going on the rock and roll - going on the dole
going for a ruby - giong for a curry - (ruby murray)

can't think of any more right now...

I'm sure if you google it you'll find loads of places offering definitions.
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haha, ill never think of thomas the tank the same way ever again.
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