Whats the difference between a country accent and a southern accent?
They sound different!
How do you tell the difference between a Mainland Chinese and a Taiwanese based on the way they speak?
The quick and dirty litmus test:If the speaker sounds gentle, cute, choppy — TaiwaneseIf the speaker sounds rougher and slurry — MainlanderNow you know the stereotype why Taiwanese girls and Mainland men are considered hot, and Taiwanese guys and Mainland girls are not.The more intellectual answer (this is Quora, not Yahoo! Answers after all):Taiwanese Mandarin is influenced by Hokkien or Southern Fukien or Minnan, a southern Chinese regiolect, and Japanese, a non-Chinese language with a lot of classical Chinese influence. Southern Chinese tend to enunciate more than northern Chinese in their own languages, and this habit carries over in Mandarin. Japanese mannerisms and vocabulary remains a part of Taiwanese Mandarin.Mainland China is a huge place. One could even guess which region a speaker is from, again by the speaker’s choice of words, accent, and other cues like body language. But let's compare two cases.Mainland Chinese Hokkien is mutually intelligible with Taiwanese Hokkien, and both still share lots of ancient cultural heritage, but diverge in modern culture. The combined effect of Cultural Revolution in Mainland and Japanese influence in Taiwan mean that Taiwanese speakers emphasize formalities and lexical sophistication, while their Mainland counterparts are decidedly more direct in everything. Hence, the perception that Mainlanders can come off as rude, and Taiwanese as polite.Standard Mandarin is based off the Beijing dialect, which itself has a lot of infused Manchu and maybe even Mongol influences. Chinese spoken languages of the north and south really diverged when the Song Dynasty lost their northern dominions (to the descendants of Genghis Khan). Northern Mandarin dialects have lots of “er” sounds (兒化音) than southwestern Mandarin. Southern Chinese regiolects do not have such feature either. My Taiwanese girlfriend used to “get angry” at my “er” sounds, and wanted to reeducate me :) Hence, Mainlanders Mandarin sounds more slurry because of the “er” suffix compared to Taiwanese Mandarin where it rarely occurs.If you want to experience the differences, watch something from CCTV (Mainland) and from Taiwanese shows, and you can probably catch the differences in no time.
Do people from the Deep South states like Mississippi and Alabama tone down their regional accent and speak mainstream American English when in metropolitan areas or with diverse or higher socioeconomic groups?
I'm from Georgia, and the absolute answer is yes.Sometimes, it's because people have to understand you (example: some people can't understand a word you're saying, especially in some circles where English wasn't a first language, etc.)In other cases, which is really sad, is to avoid the association with being labeled a redneck named Billy who drinks beer and burns stuff in the backyard (for the record, I don't drink and I only burned stuff as a child in contained spaces, not in the backyard.Mostly, the magic comes out when you get familiar with someone, like when I get familiar with a classmate at school or something, that comfort brings out my accent much more because it's not an active suppression. Yeah, it shocks a whole lot of ‘em, but hey, it usually ends up turning out alright and we can have a fun time (except when someone makes fun of ya for it and does the never-ending stereotype, but thankfully them folk are few and far between.)And one last tip for people who only know Atlanta since it's a huge city: GEORGIA IS MORE THAN ATLANTA. One irritating thing that always gets under my skin is someone asking if I'm from Alabama or Mississippi, like Georgia as a state is nothing but Atlanta and no one sounds like that. Ya know, travel a little, please.
What would happen if a Chinese person tried to enter a restaurant that said "White only no blacks" in Alabama during the Jim Crow period?
I did not live in the South at that time but the North. I will assume the condition was similar in Alabama.In the North where I lived, I was not able to enter many restaurants because I am of Eastern European descent and a little American Indian. I was known as a “Bohunk” for those familiar with the terminology of that time period.“White” was strictly defined as those of French, English and German descent. Chinese or other Asians, those of Eastern European descent or Italians, Greeks and others of Southern European descent were not welcome in “Whites only” establishments. Some would tolerate local members of the Finnish and Scandinavian population, others wouldn’t. My understanding is that in the South, people of Irish descent were also more tolerated than in the North and would probably be allowed in a “Whites only” place. I doubt if anyone of Asian descent would.Read about some of the treatment experienced by Ira Hayes, the American Indian war hero known as one of the Marines who planted the flag at Iwo Jima. He couldn’t get a drink or a meal in many establishments in the United States when he came back.
What Time Zone Do Yo Live In.?
central timezone, coordinated universal time: -6 hours.
Are there any major cities divided by two time zones?
If you mean "cities" as entire urban areas instead of municipal boundaries, then there are a few examples in the U.S. Following the Census Bureau's official definition of "urban area" (a core area of 1000 ppl/sqmi, surrounded by an area of 500 ppl/sqmi, for a total of at least 50,000 ppl) I think this is a complete list:Columbus, GA. Columbus is in Eastern Time, but a big chunk of the urban area is in Phenix City, AL, which is officially Central. My understanding is that many people on the Alabama side keep Eastern Time unofficially.Michigan City, IN. Michigan City is in Central, but the shore is continuously populated up to southwestern Michigan, which is in Eastern.Depending on the time of year, the Louisville, Cincinnati, South Bend, and Elkhart areas all straddle the Indiana border in such a way that they cross a time zone line. Of these, Louisville has the most substantial crossover.Yuma, AZ. Yuma has a different time than nearby California for part of the year. However, very little of the urban area crosses into California.Internationally, it's harder to spot examples.The Palestinian territories use a slightly different DST schedule than Israel proper, so Jerusalem's urban area is divided part of the year. Also, Jordan's done some weird things with DST lately, so there is sometimes a time change between Eilat (Israel) and Aqaba (Jordan). I wouldn't really consider them part of the same urban area though.Asunción (Paraguay) is across the river from a smaller Argentinian city called Clorinda, but it's not clear whether they really form one urbanized area. (There's no bridge directly between the two.) Down the river are Posadas (Argentina) and Encarnación (Paraguay), which do have a bridge between them.Singapore is just across the strait from Batam (Indonesia), which, at least officially, is on a different time zone.Ashkabad (Turkmenistan, near Iran) and Lahore (Pakistan, near India) are close but no cigar.Consider also the tiny town of Jeddito, AZ. It doesn't quite straddle a time zone line, but it does something even more peculiar. The Navajo Reservation in Arizona observes DST, while the Hopi Reservation does not. Jeddito is in a small piece of the Navajo Reservation that is surrounded by the Hopi Reservation, which is in turn surrounded by the rest of the Navajo Reservation. This means that Jeddito is in UTC-6, is surrounded by UTC-7, but the UTC-7 area is surrounded by UTC-6.