Look Mom, it's Namedropping Strange-Talkin' South African Invaders!

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I'm feeling a little under the weather today, and it's been drizzling and kind of cold outside, so the fact that I'm feeling under that should give you a good idea as to my condition and you should all be very sympathetic and immediately send soup.

Don't worry. I think I'll survive. If only to continue annoying a few (read: thousands of) people.

So, what else can I tell you in my very South African accent?

Oh, speaking of which, in case any of you have ever wondered what a South African accent sounds like (and of course you have, because that's exactly the type of thing Americans wonder about constantly, right?
"Mmmm. Say, Ethel, how do you think South Africans talk?"
"Why, Harold. Everyone knows they speak with their mouths, just like us!"), you could've found out today if you had managed to catch a bit of President Reagan's funeral service in California where the very South African Reverend Michael Wenning officiated.

Yes, that is indeed what I sound like. (Only without the deep, male voice.) And that is what Charlize Theron also could've sounded like to this very day had she not watched too many Love Boat reruns on television. (Of course, the fact that she now has a multi-award winning movie career worth a few gazillion dollars thanks to that very same Love Boat accent (okay, AND her long legs, blue eyes, rockin' body, acting ability... grrr) is entirely besides the point.)

Now that I'm into this whole namedropping thing about notable South Africans: Anyone ever heard of a singing/song-writing/guitar playing guy named Dave Matthews? Yeah, I thought not. He's kind of obscure, but the whole South African community is holding out hope that he'll make it big one day, like when the "ants [come] marching" or when "satellites" spin around the earth...

(Please don't stop me. I'm amusing myself.)

Oh, and if you've ever watched Sixty Minutes II on CBS, you may have caught another whiff of the old accent as brought to the American public on an almost weekly basis by the lovely South African expatriate television reporter Ms Lara Logan.

There are even more (excluding me, ha ha), but luckily for you, I've run out of steam for the time being.

So, why don't you regale me with your very own encounters of the South African kind?

And if you have encountered any South Africans, then you obviously know what the accent sounds like, which makes this entry entirely useless.

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martha said:

one of my professors at school is south African... and australian. so I'm never sure which part of his accent is speaking...

kellen said:

i don't know any south africans, but i did go to college with a girl whose parents were from england and emigrated to zimbabwe, where she was born. i liked her accent quite a bit. no wait, i take back the "no south africans" part. there was a girl on the school squash team who was from south africa. she didn't like me very much, though, so i didn't hear her accent much. maybe you should record yourself reading something and post it... hmm?

kalisah said:

Once, when my husband & I were on vacay in New Orleans, we hooked up (not that way...) with a couple from South Africa at Cafe Du Monde. The place was packed so we offered that they could share our table. Then we all walked around the Quarter a bit.

But wait...you've all seen Lethal Weapon 2, right? There's your South African accent right there.

pylorns said:

i've seen dave matthews in concert.

One of my old clients (when I had a big girl job) was from South Africa. His name was Barry and despite the fact that I knew he was 5'8" and 300 lbs., my emotional attraction to his beautiful accent would rule whenever he'd call me. "Nootuhleah," he'd say, "Ah neeahad tuh reeahdah mah eenvoicuhs." Yes, Barry, you gross fuck, whatever you'd like.

Cherryflava said:

SaEffrikans talk lekker my bra.

Kyk hier...there's no other accent in the world that is more unmistakable when you hear one of the Durban shark's board boys on the National Geographic channel in the States.

The comment about the accent on Lethal Weapon 2 is highly offensive. Kalisah get real. It's like saying if you've watched a Rambo movie you've got the American culture waxed.

LIke many countries, there is'nt just one standard South African accent. Capetonians sound totally different from Gautengers compaired to Afrikaans speakers speaking English. It's a diverse country...

When I lived in the States, everybody was convinced that I was from the UK. Even though I've never lived in England, most American refused to believe that a white boy with a perfect English public school accent was from Cape Town in Africa.

D~S~E~ said:

I'm crazy in love with an Afrikaan who speaks English. His voice is beautiful, as is his soul, I just wish I could share it with you~

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  • D~S~E~ : I'm crazy in love with an Afrikaan who speaks English. His voice is beautiful, as is his soul, I ju... [go]
  • Cherryflava : SaEffrikans talk lekker my bra. Kyk hier...there's no other accent in the world that is more unmist... [go]
  • Cleveland Natalie : One of my old clients (when I had a big girl job) was from South Africa. His name was Barry and des... [go]
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  • kalisah : Once, when my husband & I were on vacay in New Orleans, we hooked up (not that way...) with a couple... [go]
  • kellen : i don't know any south africans, but i did go to college with a girl whose parents were from england... [go]
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