How to Lose a New York Accent

Posted on 30. Jul, 2010 by in Bronx

Bronx native and MLB scoreboard gal Tara Cannistraci Googled herself and discovered that even New Yorkers think her accent is a little rough on the ears. So she’s taking an accent reduction class with dialect coach Patricia Fletcher.

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20 Responses to “How to Lose a New York Accent”

  1. Thaddeus says:

    Great film idea. FYI this video of Tara’s accent reduction class is very difficult to hear.

  2. Cecilia Schwartz says:

    You never lose it!!

  3. Joe Tuna says:

    You can hide it and suppress it,but you can’t loose it. I was on my best behavior at my Aunt Betty’s funeral. I agreed to drive a group of out of town Nuns to the Cemetery along with my God Parents. Needless to say, I was on my best behavior until some guy cut me off while I was in the Funeral Procession and then he honked his horn at me to boot. I let him know in my own way that I was from New York. My God Mother and the Nuns all began to pray for me at once. So much for hiding my New York accent and attitude.
    Joe Tuna

  4. frankie clinton says:

    my bronx accent is always giving me away…. and people seem more often then not to distinguish that i’m from the bronx.. and not brooklyn… (although i’ve been living in bklyn for some yrs) except that non-native ny’ers usually just lump all nyc in with this thing they call the “BROOKLYN ACCENT”……

    working many years in nightclubs in manhattan, where many of the customers aren’t from nyc…. i used to get ALL kinds of comments about my accent… women think it’s cute quite often…asking me to say certain things over and over (the trained seal act, i call it…) my friend JENNIFER BLOWDRYER wrote a book called “86-ed” the story of nightclubs and getting thrown out of them; and there is an audio version where i give a 20 minute interview reflecting on my years as a doorman/bouncer…. you can judge my accent for yourself…. many folks have gotten back to me and have said that it it very funny…..

  5. Hy says:

    Hey, Tara – Your accent is great, not “rough on the ears.” Those so-called “New Yorkers” saying that must not be from here originally, because no native would object to it. In fact, I (and every native I’ve spoken to) can’t stand that generic mid-west accent that we keep hearing all the time. My wife and I get so happy when we hear someone speaking with a genuine NY accent, that’s how rare it is these days. At least we know it’s not just us who “tawk” this way! So use this bland accent for your work, and be the real you when you go home!

  6. Gina says:

    Due job and family reasons I haven’t lived in NY for a long time but I have never lost my accent. Born and raised in Queens I have a deep affection for the accents of the boro of my birth. When I hear that Queens (or any other real NY or even NJ) accent I can’t help but feel that person is more honest, more truthful, and less superficial than those with the generic American accent. I guess that’s why I sometimes watch old Law & Order episodes – it’s like a little trip home and I get to hear people speak in that way I miss so much.

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  8. Tricia says:

    Wow, what a great thread!

    I stumbled upon this site because I am currently trying to fine-tune my voice due to an interest in professional narration. I DO have a New York accent/dialect that, although I am from Long Island, is definitely in some NYC vein. As a teacher, my students used to ask me if I was from the city!
    “Um, no. The next town over.”

    A recent phone conversation with an old friend from high school noted my thick accent, and remarked that he struggled to lose his accent for work (he now livess in D.C.) because he said we sound like idiots! Of all the NOIVE!! He was lucky he was a few states away!
    My last few boyfriends, however, have recently hailed from Europe, and they absolutely LOVED my accent (and the New York sarcasm and regional sassiness), so there you go!

  9. Susan Westrup says:

    I would like to lose my Brooklyn ,long island accent

  10. Marian says:

    please send me contact info for Patricia Fletcher on accent reduction classes

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  12. donniem23 says:

    Tara’s problem is not her accent. It’s her screechy, horrendous pitch. I have suffered through a few years of hearing her at Yankee Stadium, as a season ticket holder. Half of the people in the stands have to cover their ears when she talks. It is mystifying that she actually has a job doing any type of public speaking. Fir the life of me, I can’t figure out how she got the job.

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