Anonymous asked: Hey there! In the story I am writing it takes place on a different planet. However I really want a certain race of people to have African accents. How do I describe accents that don’t necessarily exist? I hope that made sense!
There’s a wealth of ways to encapsulate an accent, what with all the words available to you. It’s a matter of how straight-forward or creative you want to go. Maybe some of the methods below will help.
- She had a fragile accent.
- The people had throaty voices, sawing out words in blunt grumbles.
- His voice was splinters and broken glass.
- Her accent had a song-like quality that reminded her of swaying tides.
- He had a French accent.
- "I have to go," she said, though from her accent, French, the words sounded more like "I hive tego."
Straight-forward & ‘Technical’:
- He had a French accent, perhaps Northern, his voice lilting the edges of his vowels and dragging out others.
Some methods work better in combination with others, such as straight-forward combined with technical (as shown). It truly shouldn’t take many sentences to give readers enough info to imagine how someone’s voice or accent sounds. Therefore I wouldn’t overdue the clues, as it can stir into offensive.
- Describing Voices
- 55 Words to Describe Someone’s Voice
- Online Thesaurus
- Describing Qualities of the Human Voice
Lady on the bus next to me: Tell me again- what are you not going to do in daycare today?
Little boy: I will not hit the teacher with a light saber.
Lady: And why are you not going to hit her with a light saber?
Boy: It is my toy, and my choice, but if I hit her with the light saber, I'm acting like a Sith.
Lady: Do you want to be a Sith?
Boy: No! I am Obi-Wan!