Writer's Direction forum: accents

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Mar 24, 2011 11:04 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
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I'm stumped as to how to type a French accent...French Canadian yet...I've listened to him, actually keep him talking about totally silly stuff, trying to get a grip on it...but just can't type it right...
Mar 24, 2011 3:10 PM CST
Name: Toni Leland
Connecticut Shoreline
Are you trying to let your reader understand that the accent is French?

Dialects and accents are very hard to do, and sometimes you're better off just finding a way to let the reader know where the character hails from, then the reader can "hear" the accent.

Or have your character use an occasional French word in his/her dialogue. That would get the message across also.

Good luck!
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Mar 24, 2011 3:47 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
Thanks Toni!

I wrote "he spoke slowly so people could understand him through his heavy French accent"

Every time I try to type this accent it comes off as German...LOL! Maybe I should make him German...

I'll try the occasional word in French, see if that works...I don't want to have to remind the reader that he has an accent every time he speaks, I think it might become too repetitive.
Mar 24, 2011 6:56 PM CST
Name: Sharon
"Come see zee 'ouse, no?"

"Zee day iss shilly, no?"

The one thing I do know is the French rarely if ever pronounce 'th'. Most often it becomes 'zzzz'.

And they end most statements with an upswing, as if asking a question, often with the word 'no' tacked on the end.

Often the 'y' in front of a word is mostly silent: 'Oooo looook lovely, ma chere.' Or, 'Yeuuuu looook lovely...'

Their consonants are softer than English sounds, no harshness.

And zzzat is about all I know, yes??
Mar 26, 2011 8:04 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Try pronouncing the English using the French phonics (long U for ou and oo) etc....Listen to Maurice Chevalier...he is classic!!!!

Zee leetle gerls, ah like a melodee.... Rolling my eyes.
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Mar 26, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Yes!! Just like that!
Dec 17, 2011 11:18 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
In the cajun french accent there is also no "th". It becomes a "t" or a "d".

Whushu hurry, sha?

Mais, I gotta go to da batroom, me.
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Dec 23, 2011 8:33 PM CST
Name: Rand Lowe
Vista, CA
Philosophy:common sense w/big words
Very good Cheryl!! Made my mouth water for some gumbo or jambalaya....(a couple of catfish filets would suffice) Don know fi cudda dun no betta maseff.
Dec 24, 2011 9:13 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Awe, sha, you mek me blush yeah. LOL

I read "The Cajun Night Before Christmas" at the church Christmas party. Everybody laughed and laughed. Swamp People is a big hit up here.

Joyeaux Noelle, mon ami!
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