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    Do Russians like American accents in spoken Russian?

    As long as the person pronounces everything correctly and has a good understanding of the rhythm but still sounds American? I know there are lots of different accents, but it doesn't matter to me which one...has a Russian speaker ever complimented your American accent or or are you Russian and have liked the way an American sounds in spoken Russian? Or js it just plain funny no matter how well Russian is being spoken? This is a question out of curiosity.

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    Never heard American accent yet. Looking forward
    Nobody complimented my Russian accent but some people make fun of my "h" pronunciation

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    Quote Originally Posted by yswaq View Post
    As long as the person pronounces everything correctly and has a good understanding of the rhythm but still sounds American?
    American speaking Russian is quite rare phenomenon. American speaking grammatically correct Russian is very-very rare phenomenon. So I can say more or less what is heavy American accent in Russian but have no idea what is light American accent.

    As for me, the very sound of (heavy) American accent do not make any special emotions.

    Of course, if a person pronounces learned phrases without understanding meanings of separate words (parrot speech, like in Hollywood movies), that is hardly comprehensible and sounds both extremely weird and funny.
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    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    In the 2nd season of Russian sitcom "Interns" (resembling "Scrubs" with a few "House MD" references, but not a remake) new character was introduced - Phil Richards, an intern from the United States. He speaks fluent Russian with slight American accent.


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    The actor is Odin Lund Biron, an American who graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School.
    I think his accent sounds cute (and a little bit funny, of course - in a way every foreign accent is).
    Here is a short documentary about him:



    His Russian is very impressive for a person who studied it for just 5 years!

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    " just 5 years" ? *JUST* 5 YEARS?!?

    Oh god, it never ends does it?


    ....Кста́ти, вот круто́й америка́нский акце́нт из телепрограмма

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK84N...4&feature=plcp

    At about 0:15 they start talking

    они́ перестара́юсь с акце́нтом по-мо́ему :P

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    " just 5 years" ? *JUST* 5 YEARS?!?

    Oh god, it never ends does it?
    After just 5 years he performs on the stage of one of the top Moscow theaters ("Satirikon") and stars in Russian sitcom.
    It's *REALLY* impressive.

    ....Кста́ти, вот круто́й америка́нский акце́нт из телепрограммы

    Helloween WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES - YouTube

    At about 0:15 they start talking

    они́ перестара́лись с акце́нтом, по-мо́ему :P

    -Valda
    Yes, somewhat, because it's a parody on American accent (done by Russians).

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    Quote Originally Posted by xdns View Post
    The actor is Odin Lund Biron, an American who graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School.
    I think his accent sounds cute (and a little bit funny, of course - in a way every foreign accent is).
    Here is a short documentary about him:
    ...
    His Russian is very impressive for a person who studied it for just 5 years!
    "– А вам, Один, с какими сложностями пришлось бороться?
    – Я приехал из штата Мичиган всего на 3 месяца в школу-студию МХТ имени Чехова учиться по обмену. Мне нужно было найти общий язык с сокурсниками и преподавателями, а я совершенно не говорил по-русски! Однажды просто понял, что не могу высказаться. А я же актер, мне нужно показывать себя – говорить и шутить! И тогда стал заучивать по ночам стихи Пастернака и Пушкина. И помогло! "
    Один Байрон:

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    His Russian is very impressive for a person who studied it for just 5 years!
    5 лет в России - это совсем немало.

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    Таратута, Познер говорят по-русски с американским акцентом. Звучит нормально, но акцент легко различим.

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    Mikhail Taratuta speaks with American accent:
    Хочу жить в

    Look for example how he pronounces "т" like "t".

    Vladimir Posner also speaks with slight accent:
    Николай Азаров дал интервью Владимиру Познеру - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anixx View Post
    It sounds more like personal peculiarities of speaking rather than foreign accent. And as i remember from his old Soviet TV show his very light accent (if it was) was more like French.
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    Не заметил иностранного акцента у Таратуты.

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    i have an American friend who has to speak Russian very often... When we hear him speaking with someone Russian on the phone, we can barely hold laughter. The thing is if an American is not trained to develop Russian pronunciation s/he will have a thick accent. In my opinion, they found funny. In the same way, Russians speaking English also sound funny if not trained how to pronounce English sounds and develop rhythm, intonation, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsms View Post
    i have an American friend who has to speak Russian very often... When we hear him speaking with someone Russian on the phone, we can barely hold laughter. The thing is if an American is not trained to develop Russian pronunciation s/he will have a thick accent. In my opinion, they found funny. In the same way, Russians speaking English also sound funny if not trained how to pronounce English sounds and develop rhythm, intonation, etc.
    This applies with every accent of course. It's especially funny when things are seriously mispronounced or with different pronunciation mean something different. One example is the word писать (when "a" isn't stressed, its meaning changes to "urinate"). I remember during Russian class one of the students said (with a heavy Vietnamese accent) said: "я писаю на бумагу сейчас" and of course he meant to say "I am writing on paper" and the teacher understood that, but she herself is Russian, so she has been used to "пишу" since early childhood. She cracked up laughing, and tried to hold it back, but just couldn't do it. The moral of the story is be careful with foreign languages and pronunciation cause sometimes it means something very different. I am talking mostly to tourists but this applies to everyone. This is not new advice but it goes good with this story. BE CAREFUL KIDS
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    It sounds to me like the American ambassador to Moscow speaks Russian fairly well, but with a thick American accent (his Russian isn't perfect, he has a tendency to directly translate English into Russian, which doesn't always make sense, but overall he gets his point across).


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    Quote Originally Posted by zxc View Post
    It sounds to me like the American ambassador to Moscow speaks Russian fairly well, but with a thick American accent (his Russian isn't perfect, he has a tendency to directly translate English into Russian, which doesn't always make sense, but overall he gets his point across).
    His accent doesn't sound too bad to me, I agree it's strong, but I've heard much worse)) But I think he messed up his perfective and imperfective verbs a tad))) I'd be happy to speak as well as he does!
    Вот потому, что вы говорите то, что не думаете, и думаете то, что не думаете, вот в клетках и сидите. И вообще, весь этот горький катаклизм, который я здесь наблюдаю, и Владимир Николаевич тоже…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborski View Post
    His accent doesn't sound too bad to me, I agree it's strong, but I've heard much worse)) But I think he messed up his perfective and imperfective verbs a tad))) I'd be happy to speak as well as he does!
    And cases, and genders. his accent is OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    And cases, and genders. his accent is OK.
    Go easy on us Americans! You know we're doing pretty good if we can speak more than one language. Even if we are clumsy )
    Вот потому, что вы говорите то, что не думаете, и думаете то, что не думаете, вот в клетках и сидите. И вообще, весь этот горький катаклизм, который я здесь наблюдаю, и Владимир Николаевич тоже…

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    Я была́ о́чень впечатлена от посо́ла, и честно я могла́ понима́ть его́ лу́чше чем носи́телем языка́. Он говори́т ме́дленный и я́сно. как должно.
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