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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 Tui

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #45 on: July 16, 2010, 05:43:57 am »
I too had a good ... :2funny: My dad is completely Afrikaans born and breed - hence me having the 'Oupa' and 'Ouma' mom fully English......I grew up in a English household and was Afrikaans with my Grandparents...amazing how youngsters adapt..... :clap:

Being out of SA for 19 months now - my daughter has forgotten most of her Afrikaans....I too will chat with friends and if I want to say something on the 'skelm' I will chat in Afrikaans to my mates.....My daughter's quick reply is 'Aw, Mom, do don't have to skinner in Afrikaans you know!!' ... :2funny: She remembers what the word skinner still means..... ;D

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Offline spnzjobs

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #46 on: July 16, 2010, 06:41:05 am »
I would say be genuine and natural. That is what Kiwis will appreciate. Over time your accent will gradually change. This happens to anyone who is long enough in country other than his or her own.

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #46 on: July 16, 2010, 06:41:05 am »

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #47 on: July 26, 2010, 11:56:02 am »
Had a good chuckle reading this makes more sense when you are actually HERE... and hearing the whole Majjee thing... hahahahah...  :2funny:

Not sure if there is a thread like the one i'm about to start - probably is somewhere - i've just not looked for it properly - this was the closest..
but the different meanings of words.. and reference to things amazes me...
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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #48 on: September 24, 2010, 04:19:59 am »
I have noticed that for the kiwi's to understand me I need to change my accent, when I tell them my name (with the afr accent) I get the " excuse me, sorry I did not get that" I have to pronounce my name with the "a" as the kiwi's. Our surname creates loads and loads of confusion, I don't even bother to spell it anymore, I just ask for a piece of paper ans write it down  :)

My son told me that if he speaks "normal" eng, his friends don't understand so he speaks like them or her tries too, it is adorable and this only after a month in. Think he is going to be full kiwi by this time next year!

If our accent changes it changes, no worries for us on that one.

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Re: Kiwi Accent
« Reply #49 on: August 06, 2011, 05:49:46 am »
I believe here in Aussie, I sound like a kiwi with a weird twang????? :2funny: