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smathletic_shmlainer t1_j66xt7o wrote

I met a guy that had this about 10 years back. I have a background in languages and I couldn’t place his accent so I asked him where he was from. He said he’s a local but got into a bad car wreck that put him into a coma and he’s spoken that way ever since. He had a great sense of humor about it though. “I sound like Borat, right!?” He really did 🤦🏻‍♂️


pineappleshnapps t1_j67ii3j wrote

Dang that sucks, I’d thought of French accents, English Accents and so many others, but hadn’t considered sounding like borat.


JEs4 t1_j681g2a wrote

I can't accurately vocalize any foreign accents. I'd definitely sound like Borat. Very nice.


UnknownQTY t1_j680o1m wrote

> “I sound like Borat, right!?” He really did 🤦🏻‍♂️

You mean “I sounds leek Borat, riiiiight?”


SignalRevenue t1_j6a6b0o wrote

I know several people for whom Hebrew and English are second languages and when they speak English, they sound like Borat.


streethasonename t1_j69cdme wrote

What do you call it when one can quickly pick up a local accent wherever they are?


smathletic_shmlainer t1_j6a30cx wrote

Is this the set up for a punch line? 😎

If not then I’m not aware of a specific name but that’s probably under the linguistics domain if you want to Google-fu the answer. I’m certainly guilty of that and probably sounding a little patronizing


streethasonename t1_j6allqb wrote

Nope, no funny biz here. Someone close to me can pick up the local accent no matter where she goes, she can leave with the accent.


travelinglawyr t1_j6asz33 wrote

I do this. I call it affecting the accent or mimicking. I usually don't even notice I'm doing it until someone points it out or it REALLY diverges from my normal accent.