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Until venturing up north to Uni I believed myself to have quite a generic 'Southern accent', had grown up in suburban South London so guessed I had a slight cockney twang and that was it. To a lot of people at uni though I may as well be Danny Dyer and my accent gets impersonated in a 'Artful Dodger' kind of way. I know people sound a lot more 'London' than me but maybe people haven't been exposed to the accent quite as much up here so it comes across as Stronger

Also noticed the wide variety of Yorkshire accents and have learned it's possible to tell apart someone from Sheffield from other parts of Yorkshire.

So, what is your accent?
 
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Also noticed the wide variety of Yorkshire accents and have learned it's possible to tell apart someone from Sheffield from other parts of Yorkshire.
I can tell if someone is from the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend or Cardiff and there's only a distance of a few dozen miles between each.

I used to have a full-on north Walian accent when I lived there as a child, moved to the south and had a bit of a southern accent. I have quite a generic southern accent but I can feel a bit of the "cockneyish" accent you get in my part of Berkshire coming along recently.

My wife has a Suffolk accent and people often ask her what part of Australia she is from (I do as well, she hates it). A few of my friends and family have moved to Australia, and they've all picked the accent up - there must be something about Aussie that means Brits pick it up more than they would American, say.
 

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Bristolian. Trying to stop emphasising the 'R's' as I've got older but it's hard not to when you've been doing it since a kid!

Also only recently realised there was a difference between pronouncing 'th' and 'f'. Been saying think as fink all my life, and other similar examples (thought, thanks). Trying to cut that out too, but probably even more difficult to get used to!
 

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Apparently I have a typical Hampshire accent, but to me it seems like most of the home counties accents are very similar. Seems a very poor accent for people to place too, when at University everyone assumed correctly I was from the South but they really couldn't place it anywhere. Though its an accent that can go from cockney to posh in the space of a few words..
 

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Sort of a mix between Essex/Cockney, although not to the extent of Danny 'fackin' Dyer. Plus I have a tendency to speak quite fast as well, and when you combine those three things it's a bit like that Only Fools episode where 'Gary' can't understand anything Del and Rodney say - this especially applies when speaking to American's at here at Uni.
 

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Unsure.

I was born in East London and raised in Peterborough but never picked either one up. Peterborian is very... Lazy. Cockney is just cockney.

My old flat mates at uni just called me 'Posh' as I pronounce my words. They were all northern though so what the fuck do they know?
 

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I've got a fairly generic southern accent, I think most people would struggle to guess where I'm from. I'm pretty grateful that I don't have a Suffolk accent.
 

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I've a stereotypical Berks accent. The amount of times people put on a fake 'posh' accent at Uni when speaking to them is ridiculous. Don't get it myself, but as above people say it's because I have a 'pronounciated accent'.

South Lincs accent is the one that baffles me. My flatmate sways between sounding 'southern' or as if she was from Yorkshire word to word.
 

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From Notts but i don't tend to have a strong accent compared to most, i don't typically go Ay up mi duck or alrate yoof or Woodhus. Got family in both Notts and in Manchester and the family in Manchester always say how posh me and my sister sound compared to them.

But i think we all can accept that these are..

COBS
 

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Mine's abhorrent. I learnt to talk in Slough but have lived in West Yorkshire most of my life. It's like a mix between Halifax and estuary, maybe some Lancastrian, but it's none of the above and must be grating to have to listen to. Can't help how you end up speaking unless you're hopelessly insincere though. I often get told I'm not from around here, but when I was at Leeds University I was basically Mr Yorkshire(TM).
 
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We don't have accents in Nottingham, not like those weird Sheffield wannabes up norf in notnumshur.

and yes, they're called cobs. Birds bakery 4 lyf.
 

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Haha, look at all of these Northerners trying to say they have a "Southern" accent.

Remember that Aviva Argyle advert?

That.

Well ok, I've not got that much of a janner accent. But it's still shockingly close. It's mostly the older generation in Plymouth who have brilliant janner accents. Proper "awite me lover?" types.
 

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Mine is generically Southern, I do the classic Lutonian thing of dropping T's in words, it's Loo-un not Luton by the way. Only difference to everyone else is that I always pronounce words like 'bath' and 'dance' the Northern way.

On the earlier point about Brits picking up Aussie accents, I did that very quickly when a family friend came over 18 months ago and stayed for two weeks.

Sorry Relentless but I get where people are coming from when they think you're Scottish. Definitely a twang there to it.
 

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