When it comes to accents in English my 2 favourites to imitate would have to be the Indian and Italian accents. The typical Indian for example is characterised by Apoo in the Simpsons, while the simple Italian one is just to add an “a” to the end of every word, an change your intonation to Italian. The sound in Italian always has it’s emphasis on the vowel and then breaks it into syllables like, “WaaTa Yoo WanTa?”
Other great foreign accents are the Mexican as characterised by Speedy Gonzalez, or Borat‘s Kazhakstan accent which is more or less reminiscent of Eastern European countries.
In English there are many accents, as you would imagine.
10 Australian– it’s a favourite to imitate, but only Brits can successfully get it right. I haven’t heard an American do a good Aussie accent. The Australian accent is characterised by flat vowels and some instances drawn out vowels like Steve Irwin “Criiikey, Thaaat was cloose!”
9 Kiwi– as accents are based on exaggerations on the standard pronunciation, the Kiwi pronunciation popularity comes from variation in the vowel sound, the vowels sounds are completely different so a “bro” is a “brew” and “fish are fush”, something probably coming from the Scottish accent
8 Cockney– the masterful mispronouncers of the English language. Despite this they have had a huge effect on accents such as Australian English, at least the vowels. A famous Cockney is Michael Caine
7 Texan– There are a few good accents from the United States but this one has to be the best. The southern drawl as the say, at it’s best “anyone waahnt sohm waahdur”. The typical characteristic is the long drawn out vowels (drawl) that help make it’s distinct sound.
6 Russian– this is a very hard sounding accent. The accent is hard on letters like “k,l,g” etc and short vowels. Hard to explain , but listen below
5 Mexican – The typical exagerated Mexican accent was characterised by cartoon character Speedy Gonzalez. Although Mexicans don’t tend to have such a strong accent, the exaggerated Hollywood version is very funny. Other funny accents come from the cartoon Tijuana Toads
4 Irish– Another hard to understand accent. Somehow it is easier to understand than Scottish and Indian. If you are not a native speaker Irish can be very hard to understand
3 Scottish– these guys win the award for the hardest to understand native speakers. You have to have a tuned ear to understand or at least, been around them a bit. A few of the vowels aren’t pronounced like London English, which can throw you out alot and not understand a thing
2 Indian– nothing is wrong with the pronunciation, it’s just the accent. Apoo from the Simpsons, gives us great amounts of pleasure with his accent. The favourite phrase is “Thank you and come again”. Not to differentiate, this accent could equally be Pakistani or Bangladeshi
1 Italian- to do a good Italian accent you have to add an “a” to the end of every 3rd word and separate each syllable “you wah-na go tooh wat-cha da foot-bull?”. Oh yeah and you have to speak with your hands, especially when you are getting emotional
Just so you don’t miss out here’s a good video on the difference between a South African accent and an Australian one
Sorry to all those accents that missed out. Every accent in English is truly special to us all. But here we have to keep the list to 10. We want to give a special mention Deep Southern accent United States, Jamaican, South African, Brummy, French