Originally Posted by jamo
What about "orange?" One syllable or two?
And does she say "aks" instead of "ask?"
The Long Island accent is crazy. Half of my extended family is from there, but only some of them have the accent. The ones who really have it you can tell, because they pronounce Long Island as "Lon Guy-Land."
I think I may have even mentioned it up the thread somewhere, but yeah, she absolutely pronounces orange with 1 syllable. .... "arnj"
Originally Posted by dsc123
I think that's a long island thing, at least. I've been working to insert the "r". Does she pronounce "drawer" as "draw"?
Her accent is very mild ... She had been out of LI for several years before I met her so I don't know if she lost it or never had it. It's just a few funny words that she says. When we go visit our friends/family though ... especially the LI friends, forget about it. Listening to them is entertainment enough for me. She also has some City relatives that have a much milder accent.
Did you mean to reverse those by the way? Her dad absolute ADDS an R to the end of words like "draw" I mentioned above ... he orders "rawr" onions on his steak or burger in restaurants, and the waiters out here never understand him the first time, and usually don't the second time. Then I step in and translate.
When my kids go to visit their grandparents (every week ... they live out here now) they sometimes come back with an accent. Like if it's a new word they first learned from Grandpa. They "play" chess sometimes and he taught my son the names of all of the pieces, including the pawns. Not really sure how to explain the LI version of the word phonetically on paper, but I guess the closest I could get would be "pwon." You guys probably know the sound I'm talking about though. Funny to hear your 3 year old son, who was born in Cali and always lived in Cali randomly have a LI accent for a couple of words.