I was sitting in a hostel kitchen, eating an omelette wrapped around some olives and canned tomato, only slightly more difficult to make than a sandwich, drinking a tankard of belgian beer (the only tankard in the kitchen stock), holding my fork and knife in the formal style, fork in left hand. I got into a mild back and forth with an American, and he became convinced that I was French. It wasn't an accusation, he just couldn't identify my accent and seemed to jump to this conclusion based on my accessories. Usually people mistake me for being Russian. I'm actually quite tickled by this, as I usually am by bad guesses about who I might be. I enjoy not being understood.
Mistaken identity stories?
while in Syria, people regularly chanted "Death To America!" while I was around. Me, being American, purposely mistook my own identity on these occasions, and told them I was from Chile.
For me the first one that comes to mind was when a woman from the northern parts of London mistook my accent for a heavy Southern Californian accent, just because we were in SoCal.
I'm from Chicago. My accent is pretty distinctly Chicagoan.
I'm an American from a region with no pronounced regional accent, but I guess a lot of people think I talk funny--I've been assumed to be Canadian, South African, and English by a handful my less-worldly compatriots. I don't actually have any of these accents, I'm just slightly hyper-articulate and sometimes use big words.
I'm extremely biased, given my thick (yes to the point of annoying) New England accent, but:
> fellow Yanks have thought I was a local Italian, while speaking English to me and me responding in English
> the Irish think I'm from NYC not the Boston burbs
> I interpret, maybe myopically, Southern California and Chicago as flat, newscaster accents
I forgot to put on sunscreen over a past few days so I had a glow going on for me, travelled around Kansai region.
Old people kept striking conversation with me whether it be about the weather or how my day had been.
Well that's all I understood really, they would go on and on about something but I had no fuckin idea what they were saying so all I did was say yes and laugh.
Full retard mode activated all trip
I speak Polish and sometimes skype in hostels with my cousins or other family members. People always ask if I'm Russian or Serbian for some reason.
This one time in a hostel this couple said they made a bet on where I'm from, one said Canada the other Eastern Europe. I told them I'm both, I guess they had wild sex that night cause they both won the bet...
There's some bleed over, but among other differences Chinese round flatter faces, Japanese oval, least flat, Koreans angular.
But Viets, like Thais and Laotian can vary widely in how they look and have large numbers that look like all 3 to a degree, as well. As well as distinctly Viet. Not sure why Cambodia doesn't have the same. Rouge kill most of the lighter ones?
I'm an Australian who is often asked what part of the UK that I'm from. Apparently my accent isn't very aussie. I guess it makes sense, Australian accents are just dirtier Brit ones I suppose.
Unless it's between a Texan, an NY nignog and some faggot with your average American accent, practically none but Americans would be able to distinguish.
It's like comparing British accents. Most peeps can tell Scottish/Irish (Not Scottish from Irish though) from chavspeak/Jafaican from cockney and from some absurdly thick northern accent (Say, New Castle or smin).
I always wear all black sweatpants, all black T with white writing/drawing/etc. and all black, half opened (Depending on the weather) jacket with a white/grey undershirt. I always wear that unless it's a bigman ting I gotta attend.
Practically none will understand you fam. I usually tone it down a bit and speak more slowly and clearly when outside, particularly outside the land of the English.
West Australian. I've spent a fair bit of time on the east coast, and I've noticed people's accents are a lot more prominent than over here. Never heard a SAustralian talk though tbh
Midwestern American here with Scandinavian ancestry. In the UK most people thought I was Canadian or Irish. When I went to the Netherlands I was variously considered either German or native Dutch. A lot of Italians thought I was British for some reason. Not one person that I talked to in over two months of travel could determine that I was American at first blush. I didn't volunteer any information as to my nationality and I didn't wear jeans or sneakers. It also helps that I look pretty innocuous (20-something white guy with brown hair).
I'm originally from WA but lived in SA for the last decade, the locals here do have a unique accent which I'm told comes from the large amount German migrants a hundred years back or w/e
Brit here (well, British accent and been living in London for ten years, I pretty much consider myself one by now). Outside of Europe, everyone seems to think I'm American. Probably the biggest English-speaking frame of reference they have.
I was born and raised in Australia, though, which nobody in the UK realises unless I tell them. I'd probably get mistaken for a native Brit if I went back to Aus, too.
I was born and raised in the United States. Whenever I go out to parties or meet other Americans abroad, they tend to ask how long I've lived in America and where I'm originally from. People don't believe me when I say that I've lived in mid-Michigan for most of my life.
I guess I can see where they're coming from, though. While it certainly wasn't an intentional move on my part, I made friends with a ton of international students after finishing high school. My only American friend died about a year ago. I also lived in India for two years and work in a small office building that's occupied and staffed almost completely by Russians. I think I've gotten so used to having to adjust my voice that it's become a regular habit.
It's kind of annoying - I don't want to be one of those faggots who does study abroad in London for a semester and comes back with a permanent British accent.
the weird thing would be if people recognized my language or accent...
americans think i have a dutch accent. when they hear my mother tongue, they're like "is this russian? turkish?"
the closest anyone ever got was this old cleaner at a mosque in bosnia, he thought i was finnish.
I am white. Like I said, people usually think I'm Russian or something. My biological sciences TA asked me if I was from Colombia when I said I had just gotten back from Bogota, and then expressed surprise when I said "I'm from here" after being asked where I was from.
But yeah, I'm white and have light brown/blond-ish hair.
Don't sweat it..The second paragraph of your first post is just you, you know?
On topic though, the fact you often speak in a Russian accent while at parties doesn't help your case. Your English, when you speak normally, sounds like an American though.
Haha, I think it's getting worse. Maybe I just go full Pavrusski when I drink and don't realize it.
Is this Bartosz? I can't think of anyone else I know who might use 4chan and has been to a party with me.
Oh, yeah, I've got you. Do you live in the same area? It'd be cool to hang out some time, but I thought Bartosz told me you lived pretty far off.
First time somebody has recognized me on here, shit, haha.
I'm out in Holland. I'd be down to hang out, I wanted to go visit Bartosz but I either have to bank a ton of vacation time or quit my job and I haven't decided whether or not to quit.
Honestly, I never thought I'd recognize anyone. /trv/ is one of the better places to get recognized on though.
Yeah, I'd shit myself is somebody said "Hey Ryan" on /r9k/ or /b/ (not that I use either board very much these days, but still).
What do you do for a living? I remember talking about traveling at Bartosz's party, but I think we were all drunk for the better part of it. I won't be biased and say "quit," but I did meet a ton of folks in South America who had done just that. I'm getting more and more tempted to just go live on a fucking coffee farm after graduating.
Anyway, feel free to message me on Facebook.
Nah, we met at a mutual friend's multi-day going away party. I blather on and on about traveling when I get drunk, so I'm not TOO surprised that somebody who uses 4chan would recognize me.
I've been socially isolated for so long that I developed an accent/speech impediment of my own. So yeah, about 1 minute into a conversation, everyone asks me "so, where are you from originally?" even though I've lived in Calgary my whole life.
Nobody in the World knows what a Latvian accent sounds like. Not even your average Latvian- you only notice it when you hang out with native English speakers a lot. So yeah, I've had a lot of that, ranging from Polish to Canadian.
Hey, whatever it is, it's better than people thinking you're Latvian.
Some dude from France thought i was dutch.
I was misidentified on my passport as Hispanic.
When i lived in Scotland everyone thought i was dutch.
In Germoney everyone thought i was dutch.
Literally living in Canada right now, People think i'm dutch.
What the fuck /trv/.
Neither thing exists, really. That is, not one single national accent. Like everywhere, accents are regional, and there are many in the US. The standard 'News Broadaster' accent is native to northeastern US (but not New England or big coastal cities), and overlaps with central/eastern Canada a bit.
The standard Canadian accent (i.e. not Maritimes, and not the slow-talkin' hoser Rural/Northern/Abo accent) is different, but pretty similar to the American accent. TBH, I think only Canadians can detect it.
I'm Canadian (and I assume as with most Canadians) am asked 'where in the US are you from?' fairly often. Mostly from Brits, Aussies and Americans, as most non-anglos can't even place regional accents. It doesn't bother me, but what's funny is that Americans always think I'm from the other side of the US. I studied in a fairly international uni program, and there were several Americans. I made them try to guess where I was from in the first week. Two girls from Pennsylvania, one thought I was from Washington state, another from Illinois. Guy from California thought I was from New York, guy from Indiana thought California, and a girl from Wisconsin guessed correctly that I was Canadian.
Once we all knew each other better, they thought they could pick out Candianisms know and then. It's not immediately obvious though, especially if you're only familiar with the US accent.
As for non-anglos, their guesses to where I'm from are so completely random it's amusing. I've got Australia or Ireland a lot, but also Brazil (wtf?), Russia, Israel, Poland, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, and so on.
I was speaking to an American whilst I was in a hostel in Istanbul and after about 30 seconds the guy asks
"Where about in the states are you from?"
Happened a few times and only with Americans.
Normally non English speaking nationalities think I am German which I think is because Scottish and German accents have a few similarities but I never understood why Americans thought I was a yank.
Canadians are actually easy to detect if you have half a brain and listen for subtleties, there are certain words you guys stress so you don't sound like a stereotypical Canadian such as sorry and about. You try so hard to not sound like the stereotype that it ends up still sounding off.
About me: I'm 22, italian, dreadlocks and a beard.
I will just list a few times my identity has been mistaken. Almost nobody can guess I am from Italy.
> The French, when I speak in their language, think I am Spanish
> When I speak in English people think I'm American (americans as well!) because of my accent. Fact is I haven't been once to the US
> Moroccans and Turks keep on thinking I am a local. Some Turkish kid even told me I look Muslim.
> A Croatian guy thought I was Brazilian. Made me laugh.
> I hitch-hiked in Hungary a couple of weeks ago and some people thought I was Syrian.
> In one day in Western Ukraine I was mistaken for Arab, Israeli, Indian and gypsy (a fellow gypsy thought I was one of them)
> A German guy in a petrol station once refused to pick me up because he thought I was Romanian.
> In Armenia I was asked many times if I was Iranian.
>> Moroccans and Turks keep on thinking I am a local.
I'm French, and the same thing happens to me in your country. Every fucking time, even in touristy areas. At the Uffizi's ticket office, the cashier asked the four people in front of me which language they spoke in english, and they were all Italian. When it was my turn, he started speaking italian.
Nope. That's just how people talk. No one is trying to modify their accent to avoid startling Americans or whatever, because no one (or the vast vast majority in any case) are neither ashamed nor given much thought to the difference of their accent to others.
It's only after spending 6 years out of Canada that when I come back, the accent (of some, but not all) seems so charmingly obvious.
I'm Filipino but born and raised in Canada. Every time people ask me where I'm from, I say Canada. Then they always go "No, where are you really from?" then I think "fuck it" and say "Philippines". It's funny to me cause if they went to Toronto or Vancouver they'd see that being Canadian is basically anything.
The funniest one is when I was hiking in northern Philippines a group of old ladies stopped me on the trail stopped me and went "HELLO! ARE YOU GOING BACK TO YOU VILLAGE?" I replied with "... I'm not from here...". Her jaw dropped and their guide nearly pissed himself laughing lol.
The saddest thing is that they must have been fucking retarded. I had a dirt bike helmet in one arm, and technical clothes for hiking/the rain + nikes. Why the fuck would I be some poor kid going back to his mountain village hut?
>mfw All of SEA thinks I'm from their country but Philippines is the only one that treats me like shit. Thailand is easily the most bro about it though.
>In England, most thought I was Spanish or Arab.
>In California (my home), most think I'm Mexican/Persian/Arab
>In East US, most think I'm Porto Rican
>Some even thought I was British (?)
I have brown skin, freckles, wavy black hair, prominent eyebrows, and Rhotacism.
I belong nowhere
wow that would be the most dissapointing person to drink with ever. You'd think they'd be charming and funny, but instead they will just be silent and look angry/suicidal with very little sense of humor.
I am Australian transplant living in America. The south no less. People around here are content in their little bubbles, the outside world is so far away. They often struggle with accents; I've been asked if I were South African, Welsh, English and even Canadian. Very few people can place my accent and when they do it is often a second guess.
I'm half-white and half-east asian.
>in Paris metro
>suddenly a woman talking to me in Russian
>she apologizes in English "Sorry, I thought you knew Russian"
>30 seconds later, talks again
>"wait, where do you come from though?"
>I'm Australian, but I am also half-French and half-Chinese
>"Oh, I thought you were Kazakh, you look like us"
>then proceeds to chit chat around about Kazakhstan, she was really nice
In China, if I speak Chinese
>"Wow where did you learn Chinese? Are you Uyghur?"
>No, mom is Chinese that's why.
>"So dad is American? German?"
Also, recently in Austria.
>buy bottle of water in some alpine village
>guy asks me if I'm from Tajikistan
>"Oh ok sorry"
Apart from that, people always think that I'm American.
Central Asians think I'm a Central Asian American.
Asians think I'm plain white American, very rarely German or British (when they're playing that guessing game).
White people in general think I'm either half-Native or half-Asian American.
I have a pretty light Californian accent, can't blame them. I grew up in California.
Now I want to go to Central Asia.
This here. Native south Floridian with no accent, but since I spent my childhood reading instead of talking, I seem to have some sort of special accent. I wish I knew what I sound like to others.
People often ask me if I am Canadian or Swedish, but if they're intelligent, they ask if I'm Russian.
But I'm just a generic Anglo-American.
I blend in with certain types of Asian ethnicities, Im korean, hawaiian, Mexican, Somoan, thai, Indian, and very rarely does one person see that Im Native American. Story: I walk into a busy lodge at Yellowstone and instantly spoken Korean to by a couple of college kids, tell them I dont umderstand in English. Walk to the food counter, Indian dude serving speaks to me in hindu I guess, tell him too I dont understand. Eat my food and chill outside when a couple of Spanish speaking kids come up to me asking me for directions in Spanish, kinda understand and do so, ask me if I am, I say no, they joke around and go about. Then on the way out some chinese kid in English runs up to me asking if I am Japanese or Chinese, I mess around and say Japanese, he starts talking to me, I say sorry and awkwardly go about. Strangely its the homeless white person who knows Im Native American, maybe because my people are mostly poor and like to roam cities for a drink.
>from just outside London, England
>go to Toronto
>"so where abouts in Australia are you from?"
I'll just say this: some London accents can sound a lot like Aussie.
That said, North Americans who aren't from British decent are incredibly bad at placing accents. My parents are from Scotland, and I have no trouble telling a Fifer from a Glaswegian or someone from the Hebrides.
In Egypt, hawkers and touts always ask where you're from, I guess to make a friendly 'in' to get you to stop and listen and buy something. Sometimes they shout out "Hello Russian, yes!! Hey American!! Hey, Bonjour French, yes come!!" etc.
I'm from New Zealand (lol).
So I'd always make them guess, because they would never ever guess my country (happened just a couple times out of guessing from three dozen or so people, but never as the first five guesses, so it was just luck). Less educated people may not even know it all. Usually I was met with curious blank nods when I finally said it. Maybe they knew something about kiwis or LOTR, but rarely. The other half of the fun was just saying "yea, I'm from there" to random countries just to make it stop. Sometimes sarcastically saying yea I'm from Brazil (I'm pretty pale, freckles and light brown hair), South Africa or Peru. You have to be careful, because some guides and touts actually learn a number of snippets form the major languages (besides English: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, maybe Japanese), though it's seldom fluent.
>100% percent white European.
You mean Spanish, Greek or southern Italian or something.
You can clean yourself but you cannot do anything to stop becoming a racist motherfucker.
Anyway, today some Senegalese bookseller told me I am African because of my skin colour. It's the second time this happens in a few months.
Thanks dumbass. I'm not criticizing the woman. I didn't expect her to get my accent right. The premise of the thread is mistaken identity. Was that not a case of mistaken identity?
Take your blanket hate to /int/. /trv/ is for folks who actually like the rest of the world to a degree.
I was at a bar in France and a bunch of aussies came up to me and asked if I was British.
I had overheard them throwing some shit around about Americans so I decided to play along and did my best british accent.
I ended up drinking with them all night and (at least from what I could tell) they all believed it.
Someone started doing an impression of a french accent and we all started doing accents.
I did an "impression" (lol) of an American. They all thought it wasn't that great.
Had a bit of a laugh over that.
In regards to my normal speaking voice though, I'm from washington state and everyone always asks if I'm from the south. I guess I have a slight southern twang I guess? Neither of my parents (or even any grandparents) are southern though so idk.
When I was in Italy a couple Canadians thought I was Canadian based on my accent also.
>Canadians thought I was Canadian
tbh, the standard Canadian accent is usually not something you immediately notice, since there's like 90% overlap with a standard non-regional American accent. The difference is in some specialized vocab and a few minor pronunciation differences which you sometimes really have to listen for.
But I have a similar story to yours. While on a student exchange, I was in a bar in Germany with a friend of mine who is basically German-American. Born in Germany, mother American, father German, but lived in US since he was 8. Has no accent, speaks both languages like a native, considers himself American first and foremost. I'm Canadian. So we're in this bar, not a very touristy town at all, speaking English. Through the night a few drunk German guys come up to us to quiz us about our origins and want to chit-chat in English. Fine. Eventually, a very drunk guy comes and just sits down and asks us where in England we're from. lol. He says his girlfriend has a British (army) father, and he's been a few times, and indeed he has a slight of British accent to his English.
We ask him to guess our origins, one at a time. He guesses Canada within several tries (random), and America for my friend after a couple guesses. But the funny thing was, he doesn't believe us! He says "Nooooo, that's not what Canadian people sound like", and asks for impressions of Canadian accents (hello?), and despite what I tell him, asking HIM to tell US how Canadians should sound, showing him a couple ID cards, he just doesn't believe it. Insists I'm American too, or English. It wasn't offensive, more just 'wtf'. Since my friend's German is also flawless, he didn't believe he was American either and accused us of playing a trick on him. Then he tried to do an American accent to show us the how they sound. Ridiculous.
>>1031415 To many Yanks, Chicago and Southern California are the same flat accent.
>>1038964 Once got told I must be an Irishman under similar circumstances in Newry. I left my passport in the hotel and was hitting on some chick who wouldn't believe I was an American even after I called a friend back home. She asked to see my facebook, but it didn't help because my name is Irish -- not anglicized Irish.