ACCENT

  • Indians say 'vet' when they mean 'wet': Foreigners teach others to master the Indian accent in mildly offensive but hilarious YouTube tutorials May 14, 2014

    Everyone knows that to survive in the Indian wilderness without any visible means of support, the first thing you need to do is master the language of the aborigines. If you can roll your Rs, you can roll pretty much anything else. Indians apparently sat 'vet' when they mean 'wet'. While...
  • Mallika Sherawat passionately defends Indian women in fake American accent December 19, 2013

    I am no fan of actress Mallika Sherawat's acting. But I have to admit that the woman's heart is in the right place. She is vocal about women's rights and is one of the few actresses to publicly take a stand on contentious issues. She has also clearly cracked the...
  • UK prisoners to challenge Indian call centres? August 11, 2012

    London: An innovative scheme to use prisoners with genuine British accents in call centres inside UK jails is being considered by the Ministry of Justice as part of its work programme for prisoners. One of the consumer complaints against British companies who have call centres in India has been that...
  • Knightley to adopt accent for Anna Karenina September 12, 2011

    Toronto: Keira Knightley will speak with an English accent when she plays the classic Russian character of Anna Karenina, the actress said on Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival. The British actress, who is at Toronto promoting her role in 'A Dangerous Method' in which she also plays a...
  • Tomato or tomahto? British Library wants to know October 29, 2010

    London: If you say tomato, and I say tomahto, the British Library wants to know. The research institution is inviting people to have their voices recorded as part of a project to chart the way pronunciation and accents in English are changing. The library wants visitors to read aloud a passage from...
  • Presidential candidates get accent wise March 6, 2007

    As the saying goes, When in Rome do as the Romans do, apparently some presidential candidates are using that logic in the way they talk. ...
  • Going to US? Fix your 'Asian' accent February 23, 2007

    New York: While the English language itself is not a problem for most Indians in the US who work as doctors, IT professionals and scientists, their typical South Asian accent has often proved to be a barrier to effectively communicate. Increasingly, Indian and other South Asian migrants in the US...
  • Cows moo with a regional accent August 24, 2006

    London: Cows have regional accents, a group of British farmers claims, and phonetics experts say that the idea is not as farfetched as it sounds. Lloyd Green, from southwest England, was one of a group of farmers who first noticed the phenomenon. ''I spend a lot of time with...