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what does thick accent mean?

these usa people on utube say i have a thick accent

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  • 10 years ago
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    Everyone has an accent. An accent = a pronunciation pattern = a speech pattern. If we speak, we have an accent. A "thick" accent is one whereby the sounds are pronounced in such a non-standard way that most people have difficulty understanding the speaker's message. At the Accent Reduction Institute (www.lessaccent.com) or goal is to eliminate the language barrier...not the accent.

    Judy Ravin,

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  • 3 years ago

    Thick Accent

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    A "thick" accent is also referred to a "heavy" accent. This means that the person speaks with an accent that is heavily influenced by their native language so much that is kind of hard for native speakers to Always understand what you are saying. This does not mean that your accent is not attractive however, just that there is a lot of your native language showing up in the vowel sounds and the rhythm etc. when you speak English.

    Source(s): Just my own experience with foreign language study in college.
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  • 10 years ago

    An accent that can be difficult or near impossible to understand by people outside the region that you live in.

    Example :- A strong Irish accent ( Strabanne ) sounds like a complete foreign language unless you live there.

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  • Lex
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    When people say you have a thick accent, it means your accent is very non-American sounding, which after all it is since you are not American. Any accent compared to their own sounds thick to them, because it's not something they are used to. The essential difference between the UK and the US is that in the UK there is such a strong and rich variety of accents, that nothing to us sounds like and authentic English, let alone British, accent; there's also a huge variety of accents in the US but they are very similar to one another, so you don't really notice the difference. Americans do notice the difference between a, let's say, Californian accent and a Costa-Verde one; but most of us don't. On the other hand Americans have this stereotypical audio sample in their head of what a British/English accent (most don't differentiate) sounds like, so when they hear let's say a Geordie they are completely caught off guard, because they do notice the difference yet don't think an English accent can actually sound like that.

    Back to the thick accent, it's thick to them because it's not American-sounding.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    People usually say this to avoid telling you directly that you are 'thick'....so beware the fools carrying doves when they conceal knives..as St Patrick once said....

    Source(s): Fr Ted told me over a pint in Mulligans...
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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    it means you have a strong accent

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  • VK
    Lv 4
    10 years ago

    Not thin

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