I hate my voice and my accent. How could I change it?

I have an extremely heavy Irish accent, an accent so raw it could kill cattle. Is there anyone who could help me with being able to change it? I'm fine with it being a "default voice" so to speak, but when I'm told to stand up and do a speech, or maybe even just joking around trying to find a joke voice, my accent breaks through it constantly, ruining whatever effect I was going for. Does anyone have any ideas to help?

Accents are incredibly difficult to get rid of. And while you can do vocal cord training it's also very difficult to change your voice. Your best bet would be to learn to accept what you have.

Take youtuber Jacksepticeye for example. He was uncomfortable with his accent and tried to sound more 'default' at first. But it was a bit cringy and very noticeable. But slowly he started to accept his accent, and these days people love him for it. Your accent is likely heavier than his, but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing.

If you really want to get rid of your accent, or at least lessen it...staying in another country for a long time might help? If your brain constantly hears 'default' English or the like it'll slowly start to adapt to it as well.

On a side note, while it may be different in Ireland, in the rest of the (western) world an Irish accent is seen as interesting or even sexy. Heck, while it's sometimes hard to understand for me I like Irish and Scottish accents. The heavier the better.

Relocate? Worked for me. And I didn't even want to get rid of mine. Although if you are getting self-conscious about your accent, I'm guessing you already have?

Like the guy above said, people don't usually mind the various Irish accents - even the really coarse ones come across as friendly, unlike other accents about (Glaswegians, for instance).

At the end of the day, you just need a "fuck it" attitude about it. If people are being pricks based on the accent, screw them. If they can't understand you because of it, just emphasise things a bit more clearly and slowly. You'll probably get more understandable over time if you are having to do that semi-regularly.

Catnip1024:
At the end of the day, you just need a "fuck it" attitude about it. If people are being pricks based on the accent, screw them. If they can't understand you because of it, just emphasise things a bit more clearly and slowly. You'll probably get more understandable over time if you are having to do that semi-regularly.

That's what I do. While I don't have a particular accent, I do have a loud voice. Which made me have to train myself to speak softly. Which in turn made me mumble a bit too much at times. Combine that with a general 'dutch accent' (something that all dutch seem to have at least a little of) and I can be pretty hard to understand at times too. Over the years though, having to articulate myself more so people could understand me did help me get rid of a bit of that accent and mumbling again.

From what I've seen, changing your accent is a slow tedious practice. Even if you break into your old voice on occasion, you're likely still improving in the long run and those breaks will become less frequent. My mother trained herself out of her thick US Southern Drawl through years of practice, but relocating likely helped matters. (I'm working on making my voice less effeminate, so I see how slow and frustrating the process is.)

If you have money to burn, a speech pathologist could potentially help you.

Changing your voice takes practice, and repetition. You can go to voice therapy, but ehhh ... When I was transitioning it was practice, more practice, then my own ears adjusted to voice recordings I took and active repetition. Voice therapist would be quicker. 'Course I doubt it would be covered by public health? I imagine you'd have to prove it was an impediment or causing you distress of some kind. They're probably not too expensive, but you're still likely looking at a fair whack of dough.

It's a pretty long process, and if I remember my psycholinguistics, tone is easier than accents mainly because we alter our tone all the time and that's a skill we just naturally learn through environmental factors but patterns and formations of speech are often a mix of multiple different factors. When you speak, you don't often consciously choose how you say something, though through conditioning we do often subconsciously alter our pitch and tone to suit different environments through practice.

The problem is there is also an auditory hallucination involved with speaking. Our ears positively determine our speech, and so familiarity breeds positive feedback. When accustomed, that is. The problem is how we tink we sound, and how we really sound, are two different things. So it becomes frustrating when trying to change your voice because it really is learning to accustom yourself to a way of speaking that doesn't merely sound 'pitch perfect', but actually sound kind o off to you, but pretty good to others.

Rinse and repeat ... takes ... a long time. And the problem is you have to be committed also. If you're deadset on changing how you talk, you can't just stop talking once you achieve what you think sounds best. Because you'll lose a lot of the progress you've made.

Like believe it or not sneezing and how it sounds is learned behaviour. Sneezing is involuntary, but the sound it makes is often learnt through close family. You don't just naturally sound as you do when you sneeze, even if it feels as if you were born with that type of sneeze. You can actually slowly change how you sneeze through practice, repetition and so on and it will eventually become second nature to you. So to all you loud sneezers out there, you have no fucking excuses for sounding like a wrecking ball crashing through an otherwise soundless amphitheatre.

Borty The Bort:
I have an extremely heavy Irish accent, an accent so raw it could kill cattle. Is there anyone who could help me with being able to change it? I'm fine with it being a "default voice" so to speak, but when I'm told to stand up and do a speech, or maybe even just joking around trying to find a joke voice, my accent breaks through it constantly, ruining whatever effect I was going for. Does anyone have any ideas to help?

accents are a funny thing, I live in America and get a lot of compliments on my accent. on the other hand I also lost a job because of it. A higher up guy, who was a weird republican trump supporter, didn't like me and couldn't understand me (my accent) so he just started ignoring me. we would be in a team meeting and he would never make eye contact with me, it was really weird.

saying that your accent is part of you and who you are. if people don't like it to hell with them, i'm sure there are many people that would love your voice!

Hello my friend, in this life we can't be exactly as we want, I can help you if you trust me!
A nice voice is a voice that you think is nice, so you have to accept yourself and don't say bad things about yourself instead you have to be good you have to be generous and kind; believe me: if you do that nobody can say that you haven't "a nice voice or anything else" .Try and you'll see.
Good luck!

 

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