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JCC Test your fake British or American accent

Discussion in 'Community' started by solojones, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    So there's this AI developed by scientists to try to understand natural human accents... Let's screw with it!

    Just go here and speak the sentence in your best fake British or American accent. Test it with various regional accents for fun, then we'll see how bad we are at it.

    My fake accents:
    Scottish - 95% British
    London - 94% British
    Yorkshire - 55% British
    Liverpool - 60% British
    West Country - 55% British

    My real accent (American midlands) - 98% American.

    I'd say for me these are pretty accurate at portraying how good or bad my fake accents are. My Scottish accent (more Edinburgh than Glasgow) nailed it, though.
     
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  2. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Hi. Your Scottish accent isn't as good as you think.

    Bye.
     
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  3. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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    I already know I'm terrible at accents including my native one.
     
  4. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Normal: 96% British
    Fake British: 99%.
    South African: 99% British...

    Erm.
     
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  5. SuperWatto

    SuperWatto Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    78% British.

    Beh. Anglocentric.
     
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  6. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    To be fair, they say they are trying to work out if you speak English properly, or with an American accent...
     
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  7. SuperWatto

    SuperWatto Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    According to the old Encyclopedia Brittanica, there's British English, American English, Canadian English, Australian/New Zealand English, India/Pakistan English, and African English. These are all major varieties of English, they can all be broken down in hundreds of dialects, and that's not including pidgins, creoles or second languages. So to whittle it down to two options is pretty meagre.
     
  8. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Yes but it's just software. We can't even get Wocky working properly.

    Baby steps.

    EDIT:
    I've now done the 3 dialect variants of Australian English.

    Cultivated (mine): 96% British
    General: 74% British
    Broad: 50% British

    Examples of the cultivated are spoken by people like Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett. Like Received Pronunciation in Britain, it is dying out.

    General Australian would be your Russell Crowes or Hugh Jackmans.

    Broad would be everyone's favourite stingray tickler, Steve Irwin.
     
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  9. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    It does help to imagine Wocky's posts as sounding like they're spoken by a Speak & Spell.
     
  10. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    I lived in England for a bit as a child but that didn't help me sound like anything but a kid from Central Illinois with a slightly rednecky accent now papered over with a slightly Chicagoish suburban accent.
     
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  11. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    I made a comment a few weeks or months ago about him being, by virtue of his binary coding and doctorate, Dr Sbaitso.

    Oh dear god. It's closer to the truth than I realised...


    @jp-30 @JoinTheSchwarz
     
  12. a star war

    a star war Jedi Master star 4

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    I did my british accent and they said they were granting me citizenship it was so good.
     
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  13. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    It's really frustrating for an American to hear an Australian speak that way (cultivated accent). When we run into your kind at a cocktail party we usually insist that you're doing your accent wrong.
     
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  14. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    I sat next to a Kiwi couple at the Singapore GP, and they asked where I was from.

    I said, "Sydney".

    They said, "no, but originally?"
     
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  15. a star war

    a star war Jedi Master star 4

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    Did you tell them MI6 while flashing your Seamaster at them?
     
  16. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Yes, I told them I was born at the old SIS building Westminster Bridge Road. That's what I did. Yes. Very clever.
     
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  17. SuperWatto

    SuperWatto Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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  18. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    Ender, did you grow up with the cultivated accent or did you purposefully, er, cultivate it? I don't if it's like RP where you only learn it, and don't acquire it naturally.

    Also, my fav Aussie accent is Queensland, hands down.

    I never said it was *great*. But it's certainly way better than most, say, terrible American actors. Want to make a silly bet that it's at least *better* than you think it will be? :p
     
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  19. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Sure, I’ll make a bet I’m guaranteed to win.
     
  20. a star war

    a star war Jedi Master star 4

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    Ender Sai is a huge Anglophile. Of course he cultivated it.
     
  21. Darth Punk

    Darth Punk Force Ghost star 6

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    I'll give this a go In a bit. I'll tag you with the results x
     
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  22. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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    Well there's no Queensland accent per se. We don't do regional or geographic accents, which is quite rare.

    Now, it would be fair to state Queensland is very much the home of broad accent but Geoffrey Rush is from Brisbane originally so you get that whole class/education thing playing a part.

    What can help you identify where people are from is regional slang terms, i.e what people call swimwear is a good indicator.

    And yes, I grew up with it. It was just the Done Thing.
     
  23. Darth Punk

    Darth Punk Force Ghost star 6

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    @SuperWatto oh ****, my normal Cockney was rated 10% American. What the absolute...
    On 2nd attempt, I put on my best RP, and was judged to be 5% Murican. Poppycock

    EDIT: @Diggy get on this bruv. Let's see how much has rubbed off
     
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  24. SuperWatto

    SuperWatto Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    RP?
    Rural Pennsylvanian?
     
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  25. Darth Punk

    Darth Punk Force Ghost star 6

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    Received pronunciation. That's your more BBC broadcast type English accent