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Title: Elijah's Accent?
Post by: maryd on April 10, 2007, 06:05:21 am

Sorry to ask another question so soon, but I don't live in the US and I get confused over accents. I lived in England til I was 8 then moved to N. Ireland, about the same age as when Lij moved from Iowa to LA, I believe. I haven't lost any of my English accent despite having lived in N. I. for half my life, and I was wondering if Lij has an Iowan or LA accent, or a mixture of both? Thanks!

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Caz on April 10, 2007, 06:46:33 am

[color=Blue]Good question. I was wondering about that too. I would imagine it's a mixture but I really can't say. For a while, during and post LOTR, he had a little bit of an English accent.. ;D

I can relate to what you say about keeping your accent.. a few years ago I met a German woman in England who'd lived there for about 50 years but she still had a strong German accent, despite not speaking German anymore. ;D And a relative of mine has lived in Australia for about 30 years now and her accent is a mixture between Australian and German. It sounds great. :D[/color]

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: deenan on April 10, 2007, 07:38:39 am

interesting question. :)

i'm from ohio which is in the midwest, same as iowa. it's really hard for me to tell if elijah has a california accent or a mix of that, the midwest and european. i still at times here his english accent come through.

but overall, when i hear elijah speak, he sounds like i do. a boring midwest accent. ;)

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: daadsta on April 10, 2007, 06:16:58 pm

Haha, I wasn't aware Californians had a distinct accent...unless you count the 'surfer' accent that hardly anyone really has. To me there really isn't much of a difference of accents from state-to-state. And when you do find places with distinct accents like Texas or Minnesota or Wisconsin, not very many people actually have the accent. Especially in the south.

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Kate06 on April 16, 2007, 01:03:12 pm

I've noticed, being from Nebraska (which is right next to Iowa) that some Midwesterners have a certain 'twang', if you will.

Like, when we say button, it sounds more like, "Butt-in". And when we say mountain: "Mount-in". I think we have a hard time with the 'ain' sound. I haven't noticed it when Elijah speaks, but I'm not really looking for it. But I think I'll start listening for it from now on.

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: deenan on April 17, 2007, 07:39:46 am

[quote author=Kate {DA} link=board=1;threadid=32174;start=0#msg1088451 date=1176742992]
I've noticed, being from Nebraska (which is right next to Iowa) that some Midwesterners have a certain 'twang', if you will.

Like, when we say button, it sounds more like, "Butt-in". And when we say mountain: "Mount-in". I think we have a hard time with the 'ain' sound. I haven't noticed it when Elijah speaks, but I'm not really looking for it. But I think I'll start listening for it from now on.
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that's the thing with accents. you can really hear one if it's not like yours. i'm not looking to hear an accent from elijah either, but when his english one comes through, that's when i notice it.

btw, i say bu-nnn. no "T". ;D

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Kate06 on April 17, 2007, 09:37:26 am

;D My friend (who was born in California) makes fun of me for it all the time. She'll come up and say, "Hey, Kate. Do you have a butt-in? ......Have you been to the mount-in?" ::)

Whatever. She's just jealous.

I'll just keep telling myself that. ::)

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: ElijahWoodx3 on April 17, 2007, 12:25:13 pm

Well, thankfully he wasn't cursed with a Boston accent... "Go pahk dah cah in havahd yahd". "Do you want to pahk dah cah ovah heah? Oh ovah dere?" "Oh, that don't mattah." :P

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Kate06 on April 17, 2007, 12:29:25 pm

My family were semi-talking about the Boston accent last night. We were talking about how the presidents at the time of Vietnam couldn't pronouce Cambodia correctly (or in Johnson's case, avoided saying the name of the country all together). Kennedy would always say, "Cambogsia." Gotta love that Boston accent. :)

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Nutella Sister on April 18, 2007, 04:00:29 pm

I though Elijah has California accent and English accent..like a mixetuse of it. I was born in California and have lived there for afew years so I have California accent which is lovely :-* ( but love english accent the most :-* ) and I though Elijah talkes that way..no accent from the mid-west..guess I was wrong? ???

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: frodo_love on December 03, 2007, 06:27:49 pm

Well, I'd definitely say that Elijah has what some people will call an "American" accent. Actually, it's really called the Midland accent, and it dominates the U.S. and Canada. I'm from Texas, and I have the exact same accent as him, in fact I don't really know many people with a Southern accent, only people living in rural areas in the South tend to have Southern accents here.

I went to New York this summer, and most people seemed to have the same accent, so regional accents in the U.S. are not very common anymore. Most people speak with the regular Midland accent, whether they are from the Midwest, West Coast, East Coast, or South.

In LOTR, I think Elijah did a good British accent, but since I already knew that he wasn't British, so I knew he was just "putting it on". However, I do know of some people who were British themselves, and had never heard of Elijah Wood before, and when they saw LOTR, they thought he was British, so he must have done the accent pretty well. :)

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Lith on December 03, 2007, 11:12:44 pm

[color=Navy]Sorry, frodo love, I would so have to disagree with you. US regional accents are alive and well, at least in the several states in which I have lived. And it doesn't require a rural upbringing to produce a Southern accent. ;)

That said, let me get back on topic here, which is Elijah's accent. I would have to say it comes closest to a Midwest accent, which, actually, is as close to having no discernible accent as one seems to get in the US. It's a good one to have in his business. [/color]

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: frodo_love on December 04, 2007, 10:27:19 am

[quote author=Lith link=board=1;threadid=32174;start=0#msg1127122 date=1196741564]
[color=Navy]Sorry, frodo love, I would so have to disagree with you. US regional accents are alive and well, at least in the several states in which I have lived. And it doesn't require a rural upbringing to produce a Southern accent. ;)
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I'm not saying that regional accents are dead, I'm just saying that they are scarcer than they were, say a hundred years ago. I know they are still quite alive and well in some Southern states and in some parts of the Northeast. When I said that only people in rural areas tended to have Southern accents, I was only talking about Texas. I've lived here all my life, and I hear very few people who have Southern accents.

However I have met people from suburban or urban areas from other states in the South, like Arkansas and Tennessee who do have a Southern accent, so by no means are regional accents dead, they are just less common. That said, I agree about Elijah's accent being a Midwest or Midland accent, like the ones newscasters have, and like the ones many Americans in many states have.

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: maryd on December 04, 2007, 02:48:00 pm

Interesting to hear everyone;'s thoughts here after such a long time. :) I have heard since that he 'soaks up local accents like a sponge' or something like that, and I for one thought he was originally English, since LOTR was the 1st thing I saw him in.

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Aisling on December 07, 2007, 12:45:36 pm

[quote author=maryd link=board=1;threadid=32174;start=0#msg1127169 date=1196797680]
I have heard since that he 'soaks up local accents like a sponge' or something like that[/quote]

Heh, I do that too -- involuntarily. I always worry that the locals think I'm making fun of them when I start talking like them, but I really can't help it.

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: frodomyhero on January 13, 2008, 06:07:42 pm

[quote author=maryd link=board=1;threadid=32174;start=0#msg1127169 date=1196797680]
Interesting to hear everyone;'s thoughts here after such a long time. :) I have heard since that he 'soaks up local accents like a sponge' or something like that, and I for one thought he was originally English, since LOTR was the 1st thing I saw him in.
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I agree with you a lot on this, Elijah seems to grasp many a dialect when he is in a certain movie.... but overall I think the midwest/Calf accent is ingrained when he speaks publicly. When he spoke in LOTR , I was almost convinced he was British. he takes on a chameleon type of quality with himself and his voice..... :o[/quote]

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: ElijahsCaro on February 09, 2008, 12:32:21 pm

yes, i thought that too ...though i probably don't know as much about accents as you guys do, but i was convinced he was british until i listened to a few interviews and the woman said : " hey you almost sound british" and he was like :" I do? yeah, i sometimes switch into that" and i stared at him .... oh .... and then i didn't care and watched a different interview because the interviewer was stupid anyways haha but yeah, now i know better :)

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: super_llama_x on March 08, 2008, 09:51:40 am

I think he's just very good at accents...I've lived in England for about the same time I lived in Florida (where I was born) and I have a natural American accent but when I talk to my friends I use a fake English accent and they all ask me why my brother has an American accent an I don't ;D

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: raquel19 on May 29, 2008, 08:02:41 am

You never know if could be both? jkzjkz. But yeah, I am not very sure. While doing LOTR I thought he was British. So I was like 'omg I am liking another British guy now?' lol

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Mai_o_ya on May 30, 2008, 09:57:54 pm

I'm not native English speaker to claim that i can notice between English accents! I can barely make a difference between British\Eng and American\Eng ,and i honestly adore the first accent!

Back to the main topic,which is Lij's Accent i find it American 100%!

i know he speaks Br\E in LoTR but i was pretty sure he isn't a REAL British! And i didnt know him before LoTR either!
Maybe cuz his co-stars in LoTR are British and they naturally speaks strong Br\E accent!

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: zerostumbleine33 on July 04, 2008, 12:27:18 am

I think he has a normal midwest accent, he speaks like I do. But he's also very articulate, and punctuates his words clearly, so I think that kind of helps give him a distinct sound and is easily tainted with a british sounding accent at time as well
lol

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: jen10 on August 22, 2008, 05:08:11 pm

im not sure...all i can tell you is that i loved his accent in Oliver Twist! it was sort of...just...when he talked, it made me a happy and tingly...i have never felt that way before, only when im looking at a pic of elijah or him on tv. anyway, im just not sure what his accent is. ;) ;D

Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Jayo.Zayo on November 21, 2010, 09:02:29 am

One of my friend always make fun of me and say '' You speak like people from Texas." I don't think so. I just speak regular American accent!


Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Jayo.Zayo on November 21, 2010, 09:25:26 am

[quote author=zerostumbleine33 link=board=1;threadid=32174;start=15#msg1157533 date=1215145638]
I think he has a normal midwest accent, he speaks like I do. But he's also very articulate, and punctuates his words clearly, so I think that kind of helps give him a distinct sound and is easily tainted with a british sounding accent at time as well
lol
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You are right! Elijah speaks American, but he pronounces his words in a British way which is cool. It really suits him, I think ;D


Title: Re:Elijah's Accent?
Post by: Joy on November 21, 2010, 09:17:44 pm

His accent seems to change. Most of the time he'll sound like he's from California, but sometimes the Iowa twang will come in.
Not that I'm an expert in California and Iowa accents, I'm not at all. Knowing that I have a naturally North Eastern American accent with a Kansas twang coming every now and again into my voice (I don't come from either place, by the way, my northeastern accent is from when I had a tongue tie, I've simply refused to change the way I speak even though my tongue tie was clipped, and the Kansas accent is, ironically enough, from living in Oklahoma since 1998), I have a feeling that Elijah also has certain accents that come into his voice.
I've also noticed that Elijah articulates his words as well, which I find interesting.


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