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Why Do Nigerians Speak Fake Fune, Especially Outside Nigeria?

I hope this hasnt been covered before but WHY DO NIGERIANS SPEAK FAKE FUNE, IM TALKING ABOUT THE ONES IN DIASPORA? it used to be an old joke back in nigeria that some people fake their accents, but to leave you fatherland and pretend to speak differently sounds strange to me. you always know the real accent from the fake ones. i wonder why, is it because they want to fit in, or they are fake, or they are not proud of their own accents?,

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i remember about 12 years a go i ran into an igbo guy in Gambia and i tell you i could have swore that the dude lived in europe or something his accent sounded so real but i found out later that he had only travelled to Gambia and he hadn't even been any where near europe ever.

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Personally i think poeple pick up fake accent in order to blend in to the environment around them. . .It all comes down to Inferiority Complex coupled with struggle for relevance.

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lol which one is fune. . . wtmf? what makes it fake? maybe it's their accents getting in the way. you can't call it fake. at least they try.

me i don't bother with american fune o, i just dey cari go with my ijebu fune. no shaking

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I quite agree with FACE. Some times you need to speak with the local accent to be understood. I have Pakistani and Sri Lankan friends, and till date I still have to ask them to repeat what they say sometimes.

But the annoying thing is when I meet naija pple and they start speaking fune to me. Me I speak pidgin or yoruba with my naija peeps, and there really isnt anything like fune in yoruba. Or is there?

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Very good point!

A lot of thing go into making oneself understood in a "foreign" language; Accent, intonation, where stresses are placed in words/sentences, pace of speech, articulation, gesticulations (in Italian and French, for example), pronounciation, etc, etc. People unfamiliar with West African English (Nigeria, Ghana, CAmeroon, Sierra Leone) may find it hard to understand a speaker from West Africa who uses strong West African mannerisms.

In my experience, one of the biggest impediment to comprehension is pronounciations. Many West African tend to pronounce th as though it were a simple t. Thus the words below are pronouced as follows;

With --> Wit

Earth --> Eart

Truth ---> Trut

Mouth ---> Mout

This ---> Tis

That ---> Tat

etc, etc

This sloppiness can cause quite a lot of confusion in oral communication.

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@huxley, it's actually;

Mouth = Mawt

This = Dis

That = Dat

Earth = Et

@Topic, they have been noticed outside Nigeria for the way they talk with a fake accent.

See definition of 'Nigeria' in urbandictionary.com.

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When I first arrived BC at 16, my friends would always address me as that guy with an accent. A close friend told me buddie, u gotta work on that accent, so you can integrate as fast as you can! I was just being myself. So it started. Well then I was a kid. The accent copying started consciously but I got fed up after a while and decided to just being myself , and now I talk and you think I was born here.

So let them copy the accent if they want to especially if you are young, but if you are above a certain age, my bros, I doubt if that stuff will change. The objective should be to get along properly without people always asking where you are from. You might be a proud Nigerian but when people asked you all the time few minutes after meeting you where you are from because of your accent, it gets annoying after a while.

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Because they have no confidence in themselves and what they really are. They need to put up a front.

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We have our "official voice" at work and amongst colleagues

and an "unofficial voice " which is the the one at home and amongst your fellow Nigerians.

Is there are problem with that?

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how else do you want them to show off?especially the ladies from the tribe we all know from uk lol

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lol, Whats weird is when some peeps want to tell you their name and they pronounce it funny,to make it sound english, lol

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I was discussing this with my friend. I've met so many Nigerians that try and speak like English or Americans, and most of the time it's like, Ummmmm, please just use your Nigerian accent NOW.

lol, I remember some dude that visited England for 3months and came back with an English accent, I was like DAMN!!! You guys are too much.lol

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[Low Self - Esteem Period!!!quote][quote][/quote]

Word!

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Low Self - Esteem Period!!!

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I don't fake my accent for nobody!

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Maybe they want the oyinbos to understand them better.

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Some say Femmy some say Femiiiii

Oyinbo sha , my name is Femi, lol

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