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#596054 - Wed Feb 16 2011 04:27 AM Stalins accent
mountaingoat Offline
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Stalin is described as having a broad Georgian accent. Was this the equivelant to a Scottish, American or Australian accent to english speakers or was it broader? I cannot understand some Scottish people and I am wondering if he had that problem with some Russians.

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#596063 - Wed Feb 16 2011 06:39 AM Re: Stalins accent [Re: mountaingoat]
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It would be the accent of a non-native speaker - Stalin spoke Georgian until he went to school (aged 10) where he was forced to learn Russian. So a foreign accent, not a brogue or dialect.

I think you'll find, by the way, that Scots, Americans, and even Aussies, claim to be English speakers... but I agree, they do talk funny. wink
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#596093 - Wed Feb 16 2011 08:12 AM Re: Stalins accent [Re: flopsymopsy]
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When Stalin spoke I think everyone nodded in agreement regardless of whether they understood him or not. wink
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#596094 - Wed Feb 16 2011 08:20 AM Re: Stalins accent [Re: quogequox]
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I'm Scottish and can't understand Scottish people half the time!
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#596098 - Wed Feb 16 2011 08:40 AM Re: Stalins accent [Re: reeshy]
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Mate I am Australian and some ockers from the bush can be hard to understand too. They are so laid back they are not used to opening their mouths too much.

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#596141 - Wed Feb 16 2011 10:46 AM Re: Stalins accent [Re: mountaingoat]
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i can't remember who it was but I saw an interview with an English actor. He was told that in order to sound like an Aussie you talk while keeping your teeth together. I tried it with an English mate of mine and it worked! laugh
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#596344 - Thu Feb 17 2011 03:44 AM Re: Stalins accent [Re: Tizzabelle]
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It also keeps the flies out.

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#598049 - Tue Feb 22 2011 07:06 AM Re: Stalins accent [Re: mountaingoat]
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It goes back to the difference between the digestive system of marsupials & placental mammals.
About the only animal in Australia that could deal with placental mammal droppings were flies so they had a plague of flies.

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#598330 - Wed Feb 23 2011 12:06 AM Re: Stalins accent [Re: tnrees]
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Since we introduced dung beetles, which eat and bury animal droppings, fly numbers have dropped dramatically.

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