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General New York Accent


New York is a very busy, hectic and loud city, with a dense population of multi
ethnic people.
New Yorkers speak with more attitude and impatience as they always have
somewhere to go
New York is a very urban environment packed with high rise buildings, cars,
traffic and people, resulting in lots of noise. It Is a bombardment of your senses.
Therefore, to be heard you must ‘carve out’ your territory. Imagine a trumpet or
a bell shape coming out of your mouth. You can use your hands to carve out this
shape to help you
Accents vary across the 5 boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester
County, the lower Hudson Valley & surrounding parts of Connecticut & New
Jersey. Upstate New Yorkers have their own accents which are entirely different
from the stereotypical "New York" accent.
New York and specifically Ellis Island where the statue of Liberty is was where a
lot of immigrants would land when making their way from around the world to
seek the promise of ‘a better future in America’, so even today but to a much
lesser extent than in the past the New York accent is made up of a mixer of a
wide range of accents from across the globe!


“r” sounds are only pronounced if its before a vowel. And never pronounced at
the end of words
o Are green cards brighter?
“G” at the end of “ing” words aren’t pronounced. i.e Goin and Showin
o exception in Long Island where it is pronounced Lawn Guyland
Hard “TH” sounds are replaced by a “D” sound. Thank God – Dank Gawd, The –
De, There – Der


Many “oh” sounds turn into “aw” with the tongue pulled back. For example,
Coffee – Cawfee, Dog – Dawg, God – Gawd, Opthalmologist – Awptamologist
o Thank gawd my dawg had some cawfee before going to the
Eur sound like in Verse or first, turns into Oi like in Voice
o He sang the first verse with his beautiful voice

Practice Phrases

Hey hey! I’m walking here!
Fuhgeddaboutit! (Forget about it)
Toidy-Toid Ohn Toid (Thirdy Third on Third)
Get Outta Heyah!

Movies and Actors… The good ones…and some good clips

Daniel Day Lewis (English) – Gangs of New York, (Pour Rabbit Scene)

checked herself in the mirror and washed her face in a hurry. no R-coloring on -er endings and on -OR -OOR. Perry. she felt stressed. kept calling. The letter implied that the animal could be suffering from a rare form of foot and mouth disease. Comma. she remembered an effective treatment that required her to measure out a lot of medicine. she wiped her off with a cloth and laid her on her right side. Comma was strong and huge. The goose's owner.” etc. "Comma. but Mrs. the dentalized “t” of “sentimental” and “to tire”. as in “football. so she was very happy to start a new job at a superb private practice in North Square near the Duke Street Tower." which Sarah thought was an odd choice for a name. Her efforts were not futile. the dropped “h” in “huge”. rare”.” “north. strong rounding (and a slight offglide) on the AW vowel.    Meryl Streep (American)– Doubt Margot Robbie (Australian) – The Wolf of Wall Street (Water fight scene) Denzel Washington (native New Yorker!) – American Gangster Robert De Niro (native New Yorker but doing a Bronx accent) – Raging Bull Audio examples: COMMA GETS A CURE Well. as in “Sarah. Mary Harrison. were”. long. Note the following features: a light Bronx/Jewish dialect. and for the diphthonging of the vowel in “long. north. listen for the lack of “r” in unstressed syllables. formative.” “force.” etc. so this made her feel sorry for the beautiful bird. born in 1947 in Queens. The woman gave Sarah an official letter from the vet. First she tried gently stroking the goose's lower back with her palm. Bronx”. on her first morning. Listen for lack of r-coloration in “start. so Sarah was able to hold onto Comma and give her a relaxing bath. Even so. strong R on -AIR. baseball.” “owner. I can’t imagine paying so much.  53-year-old Attorney. picked up her kit and headed for work.” “lower. Almost immediately. which made an unsanitary mess. Sarah was sentimental. cost. before”. Sarah warned that this course of treatment might be expensive—either five or six times the cost of penicillin. as in “earlier. Once Sarah had managed to bathe the goose. there was a woman with a goose waiting for her. then singing a tune to her. Then she put on a plain yellow dress and a fleece jacket. Like her husband. but Sarah had a different idea. born in 1947 in Queens. That area was much nearer for her and more to her liking. the plosive nature of “th” in “north”. as in “cure. the goose began to tire. Finally. In no time. Square. stressed ER vowels with R-coloring (begins with sound in “hut”). .” etc.. which was surprising.” “calling. Among the predictable New York dialect features.” “morning. Before long. cloth. Then Sarah confirmed the vet’s diagnosis. final Schwa exhibits many expected features of the dialect. born in 1940 in Harlem. She ate a bowl of porridge. that itchy goose began to strut around the office like a lunatic. When she got there.  53-year-old Dental Hygenist.” “office. here's a story for you: Sarah Perry was a veterinary nurse who had been working daily at an old zoo in a deserted district of the territory. she administered ether. and the slightly labialized “r” in all pre-vocalic situations. as in “rare. so it would take some force to trap her.” “letter. The “creaky” voice is also interesting. Harrison—a millionaire lawyer— thought it was a fair price for a cure. she  60 year old Financial Consultat. because normally you would only expect to see it in a dog or a goat.

as in “Giants”. Ash before Double R.” as in “Comma” (resists intrusive R).” Also note that the sound quality abruptly changes in the last sentence. as in “tune”. and lots of pitch variation. . Yod Dropping. as in “Five or six times the cost of penicillin. as in “Harrison”. -eye diphthong very bright (begins with ash). Polo (almost sounds like Polar).NOT like “hut.