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Thread poster: danya

danya
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Nov 15, 2008

I'd like to address the question in the subj. to the native speakers of English and French. Joe Dassin's native language was English, although he's much more renowned for his French songs (what is more, he was practically multilingual).

1) Does his English have a trace of an accent? I, for one, can hear something, but I do not trust my ear.
2) Does his French sound "less French" than, say, Jacque Brel's (no Parisian uvular R's etc.) or, again, is there an accent?

By "accent" I mean "foreign accent", not the differences among langauge varieties.

TIA everyone.



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Gayle Wallimann  Identity Verified
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Joe's accents Nov 15, 2008

I always detected a slight accent in both languages when Joe spoke. I am a native American, but have a native level of French, lived here and spoken French longer than English now...intersted to hear what others have to say.

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Elisabetta M.  Identity Verified
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No accent in French when singing Nov 15, 2008

I can't remember Joe in interviews but the songs are sometimes played on radio and I don't notice any accent (I'm french MT).

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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
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No accent... Nov 15, 2008

...as far as I remember, and this confirms it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIElXj0ZKlk


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Elodie Bonnafous  Identity Verified
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No accent in French Nov 15, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTLFfRofVcw

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