Accents Quotes

Quotes tagged as "accents" (showing 1-29 of 29)
Rick Riordan
“I’m nobody’s sidekick,” Annabeth growled. “And, Percy, his accent sounds familiar because he sounds like his mother. We killed her in New Jersey.”
Percy frowned. “I’m pretty sure that accent isn’t New Jersey. Who’s his—? Oh.”
It all fell into place. Aunty Em’s Garden Gnome Emporium—the lair of Medusa. She’d talked with that same accent, at least until Percy had cut off her head.
Medusa is your mom?” he asked. “Dude, that sucks for you.”
Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

Stephanie Perkins
“Fo' shiz.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

Peter Hitchens
“Americans may say they love our accents (I have been accused of sounding 'like Princess Di') but the more thoughtful ones resent and rather dislike us as a nation and people, as friends of mine have found out by being on the edge of conversations where Americans assumed no Englishmen were listening.

And it is the English, specifically, who are the targets of this. Few Americans have heard of Wales. All of them have heard of Ireland and many of them think they are Irish. Scotland gets a sort of free pass, especially since Braveheart re-established the Scots' anti-English credentials among the ignorant millions who get their history off the TV.”
Peter Hitchens

Rick Riordan
“Flight 2039 to Boston is now boarding at gate 14A," a voice announced over the PA system.
Nellie sighed. "I love Irish accents." She paused. "And Australian accents. And English accents." A dreamy look came over her face. "Theo had an awesome accent."
Dan snorted. "Yeah, there was just that one tiny problem. He turned out to be a two-timing, backstabbing thief.”
Rick Riordan, The Black Book of Buried Secrets

Julia Quinn
“He sucked his lips in an attempt not to laugh. "Aren't you Spanish?"
She raised one arm in a salute. "Viva la Queen Isabella!"
"I see. Then why are you speaking with a French accent?”
Julia Quinn, To Catch an Heiress

Val McDermid
“The Glasgow accent was so strong you could have built a bridge with it and known it would outlast the civilization that spawned it”
Val McDermid

“My voice falls into Southern drawl when I am tired, drunk, or in trouble. Too often, my accent is attacked by all three of these realities.”
Jennifer Harrison, Write like no one is reading

Werner A. Lind
“Yea, v-verily, she answered, understanding his thought though not his idiom and speaking without - she hoped - noticeable hesitation. "Methought I saw a serpent moving in the grass yonder, but now I see 'twas but the stirring of the breeze." She slid her hands under the paper bag in her lap to hide their trembling.
Ana Vasilifata”
Werner A. Lind, Lifeblood

“The accent of one's birthplace persists in the mind and heart as much as in speech.”
La Rouchefoucauld

Susanna Clarke
“Strange bent over these things, with a concentration to rival Minervois's own, questioning, criticizing and proposing. Strange and the two engravers spoke French to each other. To Strange's surprize Childermass understood perfectly and even addressed one or two
questions to Minervois in his own language. Unfortunately, Childermass's French was so strongly accented by his native Yorkshire that Minervois did not understand and asked Strange if Childermass was Dutch.”
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Anne Rice
“I think we are wise, we English speakers, to savor accents. They teach us things about our own tongue.”
Anne Rice, Merrick

Arnold Schwarzenegger
“He had a voice you couldn't miss: strong and penetrating with strange vowels that sounded different from the accents of other English speakers even to me. I later discovered that he was Canadian.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

David Sedaris
“The woman spoke with a heavy western North Carolina accent, which I used to discredit her authority. Here was a person for whom the word 'pen' had two syllables. He people undoubtedly drank from clay jugs and hollered for Paw when the vittles were ready-- so who was she to advise me on anything?”
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Robert Lane Greene
“Thousands of miles from Georgia, beginning that night in England, my dad became a foreign-language speaker to me – and I was utterly charmed by it. I found the foreigner in myself.”
Robert Lane Greene, You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity

“There's an accent shift, on average, every 25 miles in England”
David Crystal, Ben Crystal

Julian Fellowes
Morris Weissman [on the phone, discussing casting for his movie]: "What about Claudette Colbert? She's British, isn't she? She sounds British. Is she, like, affected or is she British?”
Julian Fellowes, Gosford Park: The Shooting Script

John Steinbeck
“It's hard to split a man down the middle and always to reach for the same half.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Jen Calonita
“Why do accents make a guy extra attractive?”
Jen Calonita, Broadway Lights

Joe Hill
“The sound of an English accent distracted her and lifted her spirits. She associated English accents with singing teapots, schools for witchcraft, and the science of deduction. This wasn't, she knew, terribly sophisticated of her, but she had no real guilt about it. She felt the English were themselves to blame for her feelings. They had spent a century relentlessly marketing their detectives and wizards and nannies, and they had to live with the results.”
Joe Hill, The Fireman

Felicia Day
“I learned several important things about myself: A. If a boy has an accent; I'd will fall in love with him. If he has an accent and glasses; I will want to marry him.....”
Felicia Day, You're Never Weird on the Internet

Michael Erard
“Some studies of successful language learners have suggested that they're more "open to new experiences" than the rest of us. Temptingly, psychologist Alexander Guiora proposed that we have a self that's bound up in our native language, a "language ego", which needs to be loose and more permeable to learn a new language. Those with more fluid ego boundaries, like children and people who have drunk some alcohol, are more willing to sound not like themselves, which means they have better accents in the new language.”
Michael Erard, Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners

“I'm not posh! I'm just southern”
Jonathan Harvey, The Girl Who Just Appeared

Daniel Younger
“You’re loading the deck. You’re wasted. And I’m ninety-percent sure you’re Irish—tell me, why would I trust you?”
Quinn thought about it. The man had a point—well, several. “Because you like my accent?”
Daniel Younger, The Wrath of Con

Lisa Daily
“I’m mesmerized by the way he speaks—New Orleans is pronounced N’awlins. When he says backyard, it’s backyaaad. It’s the kind of voice that makes you feel instantly at home, like you’re a close friend or part of the inner circle.
Lisa Daily, Single-Minded: A Novel

Caspar Vega
“Although Swedish is one of the few languages on this Earth that I enjoy the sound of. That and Japanese. French is all right, Italian is tolerable depending on who’s speaking it. Everything else makes me cringe. Even English with some accents is bad. Australian? Spare me.”
Caspar Vega, The Sexorcism of Amber Holloway

Isabel Wilkerson
“Many of the people who left the South never exactly sat their children down to tell them these things, tell them what happened and why they left and how they and all this blood kin came to be in this northern city or western suburb or why they speak like melted butter and their children speak like footsteps on pavement, prim and proper or clipped and fast, like the New World itself.”
Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

David Levithan
“I have never lived anywhere but New York or New England, but there are times when I’m talking to you and I hit a Southern vowel, or a word gets caught in a Southern truncation, and I know it’s because I’m swimming in your cadences, that you permeate my very language.”
David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary

Joshua Cohen
“The only thing worse than an Aussie or Kiwi intonation is its intermittent use. When it's Auckland talking, or Melbourne, fine. But when a snatch of downunder drawl erupts from the mouth of a Euro, it's like blood in your urine.”
Joshua Cohen, Book of Numbers