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Why Do Many Nigerians Develop Accents Few Months After Leaving Nigeria?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed that many Nigerians suddenly cant remember how to speak like Nigerians even if they only spent 2days abroad. Even if the accent they put on is heavily laced with their native accent, they still talk as if they were never in Nigeria?

My own is, If you must spree, make it convincing enough, don't now mix thick yoruba, Igbo or bini accent with American, scottish or English! There's absolutely no way you can tell me that an accent that took you about 20years of your life to develop can suddenly disappear within a few weeks (or even a year) abroad.

You don see any American wey de talk like Nigerian after 3 years in Nigeria? Or Ghanian wey de spree after 3 years in london (or even Nigeria)?

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Thanks ooo for the post my wife does same too ever since she came from the UK

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Do they change over when they finally come back to nigeria ? No

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@Redsky1, U funny and wright, 9ja way get 6 months visa dey speak Britico pass person way them born for there, LOL

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its complex, i have a proper British accent having grown up there and lived there for most of my 30 years on this earth however, i find that living in Nigeria i have to change my accent to be more "local" cos apparently people no dey hear wettin i talk, i feel too big,  i dey talk for my nose and no be cos i dey London i go blow phonei for people (yes the few silly comments i hear at times) its pure complex cos they all seem to understand the English on CNN and co.

but Nigerians make me laugh especially the ones in the UK tying to speak with American accents and have never even seen the lights of an American airport. Or the worse are the ones who have never left the shores of Nigeria and have the most fake accents in the world but still pronounce three as tree,

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All na fake life. Mostly in speaking Britico or Yankee English, Chai na wa ooo for Nigerians oooo and all na foul English. I begggy

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As per the Poster's question,I think its just to blend with the environment; you know you have to speak in a manner as done by those around you, otherwise you'll be odd. But not when you're no longer in that environment, except you've spent quite a number of years that it has indeed become a part of you.

Over a decade working with expatriates; my wife says anytime I talk with them on phone or physically my accent changes, that is I speak like them. Well, I think it's just automatic switch for better communication. I come right back afterwards.

Bottomline is that you must definitely be influenced by the environment and people you interract with. But extreme cases like the poster raised would definitely be for small-times. lol

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Depends on the motive - some just want to 'fit in' in their new environment, while some are just making fools of themselves.

There is nothing wrong with 'adopting' a manner of speaking similar to where you live - if it helps you to be understood better.

The hard bit is when some try too hard and end up being even more difficult to understand than when they spoke with their basic accent.

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well, you have a choice of making yourself understood versus having people eye you as if you're speaking gibberish.

little things like pronouncing every syllable in "P.A.R.T.Y"  as opposed to simply saying "parry" makes a lot of difference between someone wondering if you're constipated, or understanding what you're trying to say.

seriously though, some may be faking it but not all are.

people develop accents (to your nigerian ear) after leaving nigeria because, well, they're out of nigeria. Never mind the fact that to most non-naijas listening to them, the nigerian accent is often still there.

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I tire with this fake accent palaver. The annoying thing is that they speak both the British and American accent together mixed with nija. Can't we be real for once, at least i have never heard a French man trying to fake his accent or a South African.

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Do in Rome as the Romans do

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Some do to communicate

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Methink some speak through the nose just to belong.

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inferiority complex!!!!

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There are some that you are bound to pick up . . . cos after some time you have ben trying to pronounce some things and no one outside of your household could understand what you are saying, you will learn to say it the way people around you says it . . . It is not about style or acting up, it is just about communication, cos how do u communicate when no one understand what you saying.

Though, i do understand that some does it to the extreme, i have seen a Nigerian man with tribal marks on the train once, and our of respect, tried to great him in Yoruba, and he responded - Pardon Me, i just ran, cos he must surely be kolo, even his pardon me had some "oyo language" accent to it.

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Can't be bothered. If you want to talk alien talk, go ahead. I'm not sensitive over such irrelevant things like picking who's fake or not because of ordinary accent, tschewwwww, shiorrr.

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Human beings like most animals on earth, are adaptive creatures and adjusting to the environment you find yourself is NOT a bad thing! The problem is with people like most of these posters who are no better than the people they are talking about.

Let me give you an example.I went to very good private schools as a kid and most of the people i grew up with where from "above average" families.We were all taught by the best teachers, some of the kids traveled out of the country during holidays and so on.Our English was impeccable and not the usual-easy-to-recognize guttural Nigerian accent.When i finished secondary school, i opted out to study engineering in the eastern part of the country and my first year socializing there was not cool at all.Whenever i tried having a conversation with someone, most assumed i was either "forming" or just being pompous. It was so bad that i had to "localize" my accent a bit and most times, i preferred to communicate in pidgin.Even till now, i still speak pidgin when socializing with people except during informal discussions.It's that bad.

At the long run, i found out that the problem is not me but the inferior complexes of others. For goodness sake, how can you leave the shores of Nigeria and go to the US or Europe and not adjust? Some of you here have been out of the country for years.Is your accent still the same? DEFINITELY NOT! You had to adjust to fit in and that's[b] NOT[/b] a bad thing! I'm pretty sure you would feel offended if someone referred to you as someone who "forms".It's really annoying but i've long learnt to brush off such low lifes with a wave of hand.They ain't worth the time.

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Human beings like most animals on earth, are adaptive creatures and adjusting to the environment you find yourself is NOT a bad thing! The problem is with people like most of these posters who are no better than the people they are talking about.

Let me give you an example.I went to very good private schools as a kid and most of the people i grew up with where from "above average" families.We were all taught by the best teachers, some of them traveled out of the country during holidays and so on.Our English was impeccable and not the usual-easy-to-recognize guttural Nigerian accent.When i finished secondary school, i opted out to study engineering in the eastern part of the country and my first year socializing there was not cool at all.Whenever i tried having a conversation with someone, most assumed i was either "forming" or just being pompous. It was so bad that i had to "localize" my accent a bit and most times, i preferred to talk in pidgin.Even till now, i still speak in pidgin when socializing with people except during informal discussions.It's that bad.

At the long run, i found out that the problem is not me but the inferior complexes of others. For goodness sake, how can you leave the shores of Nigeria and go to the US or Europe and not adjust? Some of you here have been out of the country for years.Is your accent still the same? DEFINITELY NOT! You had to adjust to fit in and that's NOT

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Even one of my ex babes was telling me to speak funi in  front of her school friends just to impress them

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cuz they are all fake

imgaine see some naija in UK actin like they are some ghetto affro-america

nigga nigaa chill, u know what am sayin, to they are all fake

now bomb shell drop once more

what about the nigerians in nigeria

eg on radio fm, oh god cant stand that

ait nko, that lady that i used to watch on Nigeria stock exchange

damn we get wahala ooooo, na true obama talk walahi

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wethin home boy talk?

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