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Will you change your accent to a Kiwi accent, or keep your SA accent?

Keep my SA accent
8 (9%)
Consciously adopt a Kiwi accent
7 (7.9%)
If it changes, it changes, I'm not going to try change it
74 (83.1%)

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Offline Nolan

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Kiwi Accent
« on: March 19, 2009, 09:28:19 pm »
An interesting question. Our kids all seem to put in a consicous effort to change their accent once here. What about you?

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009, 09:48:17 pm »
I think trying to change your accent would sometimes make you sound a bit silly? I know I've picked up a lot of words and changed how I say some words, but without noticing until somebody says something ;)
Most people pick up straight away that I'm a SAn... ::)


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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2009, 10:57:42 pm »
Interesting Nolan!
I didn't notice that my boys made any concious effort to change their accents, Chad was just 4 when we arrived and he now speaks like the people from Dunedin.  Joshua was only 2 and he has a full Kiwi accent!  :clap:
I have picked up on some words and some of the accent, not going all out to make a concious effort though.  I do enjoy the way the say some words... one that gets my goat is "greezey' not 'greasy'   :2funny:

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009, 11:36:52 pm »
Oh Heather, don't get me started on the "greazey" thing again :2funny:


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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2009, 12:18:04 am »
:2funny:  Linda  :2funny:

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2009, 01:37:56 am »
my OH HATES the "greazey" word - it drives him nuts  :tickedoff: :tickedoff: :tickedoff:



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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2009, 04:46:29 am »
It does the same to us!!!
Last week Linda was here, a Saturday, and I said some thing about things being 'greazey'.  Linda turned abruptly round and said to me: 'don't tell me you use the word 'greazey' instead of greasy?'  I nearly collapsed  :2funny: :2funny: at her!! Then I explained that we tease each other like that all the time, things that drive us crazy we turn into lighter moments.   Naturally she saw the funny side too! :clap:

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2009, 11:14:43 am »
Interesting. We are here for almost 9 months and both my boys have a 70% kiwi accent ALREADY. They just pick up so quickly.



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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2009, 09:59:08 pm »
My DH doesn't think his will change but if I hear the accent often and long enough I will start picking it up - probably once I start working with Kiwi's but until then I have only picked up things like 'yeah' 'no worries' 'sweet as' - cause at the moment we are living with SA'ns so I forget what the accent sounds like.

My favourite is how the Kiwis pronounce four, door, and my utmost best is how my DH's name was once pronounced - Maak (as opposed to Mark).  :2funny:

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2009, 09:54:05 am »
In the beginning I thought the Kiwi Accent sounded really cool, but that was just because its new and exciting.  BUT I have since discovered that the Kiwi's like the South African accent, so I am PROUD to speak like a South African!
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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2009, 10:11:38 pm »
I agree Caroylnn...I am proud of my SA accent.  The ad that gets me  :tickedoff: is "Kit Kat".  There is currently a competition for a "CAAR"
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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2009, 08:59:46 am »
I have personally been told by one of my Kiwi students that Kiwi women prefer to listen to a Saffer male accent than to a Kiwi male accent. So why try to change our accent? For me, I'll keep mine for as as long as I can! That way I will be just ME and nobody else.  ;D



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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2009, 09:51:29 am »
I went to a client today....

i said "hi, i am here to see mark"

she was like all , what, huh, what what huh..

so i said "sorry, i mean i am here to see Maak"
so she said, "oh, i will ring him"

so i guess its not a case of watching to sound like a kiwi, but having to sound like a kiwi to make my life easier.
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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2009, 09:54:03 am »
Oh well! I suppose it is like having your bread buttered both side and not being able eat it.



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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2009, 09:55:12 am »
does that mean I will be Maaaarcia
has an awful ring like a sheep don't you think?  :confused:
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