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This morning as I was chatting with a real close friend of mine, I was asked a question! What happened to your blogs? It was then that I wondered that, it really has been a while since I last posted on my blog. And I accidentally stumbled upon one of the shows of KOFFEE WITH KARAN, where in the host was interviewing Madhuri Dixit. It has been a long time since I last saw her on screen or any kind of media, so I decided to watch the entire episode. Her first answer really caught me by surprise. Not because of the content, but the accent. May be the time in U.S.A has really changes the accent and people start speaking English with a distinct AMAIRICAAAAAAAAAAN AAAAAAACCCENNNNNTTTTTTTTT. Now why is this weird? The problem is when we Indians speak our English in U.S.A, especially in the malls or a restaurant, most of the times the people do not understand what we speak. Blame it or praise it on our accent! I have seen people with really good English finding it tough to get their thoughts conveyed during those tough first few days. So some of us, as a solution to it even try to mimic the American accent and start speaking with what can definitely be deemed as a fake accent. How do we justify this? Is it just a question of using that fake accent to communicate properly or a kinda fashion sense that if an individual stays in U.S.A for sometime his accent needs to change? Now to the next question! Why do we have to speak in that fake accent even when we return back to India? J That seems to be weirder! I do agree with the fact that we may have to speak in a fake, false accent when we are in U.S of A, but when we do return to our homeland, there does not seem to be a valid reason for the same! I seriously detest the later!


8 responses

  1. Red Phoenix

    Now I wonder y ‘How ya doin?’ never works back in India…. 😉

    November 19, 2007 at 6:23 am

  2. nishant

    Machi good one but the point is you practice something for 4 weeks it becomes a practice.So when you go back to your homeland you will not be expected to speak Tanglish….The point is getting used to an accent should not be an issue as long as you dont use your accent to cover up for the vocabulary.I am glad you addressed this topic.More over I dont deny what you say.Its all a matter of perception and “Change is the only permanent thing in life”

    November 19, 2007 at 9:18 pm

  3. museb

    Heyy…I am not a big fan of Madhuri, nor am I a fan of this so called ‘fake accent’.But as Nishant said in the earlier comment, u get habituated to this kind of an accent and I feel ther’s nothing wrong in it.
    On a more statistical note, Madhuri had been in the USA for 4 years, lived with an American Indian husband..(Mr Ram Nene is one…n yeah.Sshhh…..I would not like to call him an ABCD …Hari is here :P).So it is but natural for her to sound so.

    Hope in the midst of all these ‘sounds n accents’I am not making any wrong noises!!!

    neways…nice one ..!!!

    November 20, 2007 at 8:20 pm

  4. Filarial

    you shld call dell custumer support and hear our desi infotech junta tlk.. they put on such a heavy fake accent that i was exasperated and said.. u know wat i am indian lets try talking normally and then maybe i will understand wat u r trying to say!!

    November 23, 2007 at 5:22 am


    Actually its very difficult NOT TO pick up an accent when u are in another country, whether its the US, UK or wherever… its somethin that happens without ur notice- suddenly u start rollin ur R’s and droppin ur G’s. Most ppl don’t really try to do it! Of course the younger u are when u move to another country, the stronger and more ‘believable’ the accent!

    And when you go bac to India, slowly whatever acent you’ve picked up fades and you start talkin glorious Indian english again.

    November 24, 2007 at 7:03 pm

  6. Solitaire

    Acculturation!! My one cent…

    December 7, 2007 at 7:07 pm

  7. vijaya

    Hmm, as u have said, ppl do pick up fake accent after coming here. But wats wrong in having an accent wether it is fake or real until the person understands wat u r speaking? i dont think it is such a detestable thing.Common, u shud understand the fact that ppl change with time. Ur dressing, food habits everything changes after u come to US of A. And u flaunt all these wen u go back to India. the same way is ur accent. U keep changing with time. Thats all it is.

    February 7, 2008 at 8:52 pm

  8. viswajith.k.n

    Vijaya: I thank you for the comment. I am not blaming who use that accent in USA. But y do u use the same when u go back to India when the individual is very much capable of speaking normal desi English (which is what is easier to understand for ppl back home!) and common…if I want to flaunt something, my accent wud b the last thing as it is of no use back home coz not many wud understand an ACCENTED ENGLISH WORD…

    February 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm

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