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Tom in London
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Oct 2, 2010

Hilarious video of a London kid doing dozens of different English accents.

http://tinyurl.com/2fgapdg


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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Wow! Oct 2, 2010

That's impressive!

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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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Brilliant lol Oct 2, 2010

This kid should definitely pursue an acting career.

Ha ha

[Edited at 2010-10-02 17:13 GMT]


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Terrific! Oct 2, 2010

This boy is a genius - and I'm usually a harsh critic.
Jenny


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Aradai Pardo Martínez  Identity Verified
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:) Oct 2, 2010

Thanks for sharing!



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Tom in London
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NOt me Oct 2, 2010

Aradai Pardo M wrote:

Thanks for sharing!



Don't thank me, thank my pal WIVC who sent it to me from New York



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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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Just awesome Oct 3, 2010

He swears a lot (almost in all different accents), but it's so hilarious and awesome.

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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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Different accents to swear Oct 3, 2010

Yasutomo Kanazawa wrote:

He swears a lot (almost in all different accents), but it's so hilarious and awesome.


I understand that the hilarious swearing tones make this boy happy to use many accents. How about a polite pronunciation without emotional sense?

Soonthon Lupkitaro


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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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Posh, upper-class British accent Oct 3, 2010

Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.) wrote:

How about a polite pronunciation without emotional sense?

Soonthon Lupkitaro


There's a posh British accent with classy tone and content. He uses diphthongs and colors the consonants just right, he's very articulate, and probably practiced for this performance.

How else to paint an authentic farmer's speech? They swear a lot, it's a fact of life. Vulgarisms are a part of language and language is a living entity.


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Rosa Plana Castillón
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Thanks! Oct 3, 2010

Thanks for posting this, Tom! A pity he didn't do Spanish...

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Halil Ibrahim Tutuncuoglu "Бёcäטsع Լîfe's cômplicåtعd eñøugh"
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Thanks Oct 3, 2010

Thanks for sharing

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Vadim Kadyrov  Identity Verified
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Russian version is great Oct 4, 2010

Russian version is 90% correct, with some really minor "mistakes" ))
Awesome!


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Aleksandar Stanković
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a Oct 5, 2010

The English accents sounded very authentic and I really enjoyed them even though I wasn't able to place them. They reminded me of those gibberish-sounding English dialects that you only hear on holidays. You just can't hear them in work-related situations from British officials and expats who all sound as if they were born within 100 yards of Buckingham Palace.

As for all the international accents - my brother does them way, way better. The kid did not even do Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Scandinavian, Bostonian, Southern American... all widely parodied in popular culture.

And is it just me, or was his political correctness in the end of the video borderline creepy! It was an almost surreal juxtaposition to the foulmouthness of the lines that he ad-libbed in the phone "dialogs". The kid seems to be a fairly good improv-actor and if his video makes him rise to prominence, there might well be a cameo in some Guy Ritchie movie in the near future.


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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ZA Oct 5, 2010

Tom in London wrote:
Hilarious video of a London kid doing dozens of different English accents.
http://tinyurl.com/2fgapdg


His South African accent is that of a white English-speaking South African, probably worker-class. Middle-class white English South Africans, non-English South Africans and non-white South Africans have other accents.


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Tom in London
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London Oct 5, 2010

Samuel Murray wrote:

Tom in London wrote:
Hilarious video of a London kid doing dozens of different English accents.
http://tinyurl.com/2fgapdg


His South African accent is that of a white English-speaking South African, probably worker-class. Middle-class white English South Africans, non-English South Africans and non-white South Africans have other accents.


I think his real message is about the rich linguistic diversity of London. Living here, one hears all those accents (and many more) every day. The ear becomes attuned to picking them all up.

His IRish accents are terrible though. His "Northern Ireland " is not Belfast or Derry. It sounds like a cross between Mid-Antrim and South Tyrone. And his southern Irish accent is a bad approximation of pure Dublin metro. Must try harder !

Accents and dialects are beautiful !

[Edited at 2010-10-05 11:22 GMT]


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