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Carlos

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On the song Barbara Ann, my friend and I are disputing whether The Beach Boys are singing Bobber/Bopper Ann, or Barbara Ann with in a California accent. What do you guys think? I can see where Bobber/Bopper Ann would sound nicer. If I sing Barb - ra - Ann, that wouldn't sound as good. It would make sense if Brian stuck with his doo wop influence.

Also, is there really much of an accent with people from Cali? XD I don't know. Someone educate me.
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On the song Barbara Ann, my friend and I are disputing whether The Beach Boys are singing Bobber/Bopper Ann, or Barbara Ann with in a California accent. What do you guys think? I can see where Bobber/Bopper Ann would sound nicer. If I sing Barb - ra - Ann, that wouldn't sound as good. It would make sense if Brian stuck with his doo wop influence.

Also, is there really much of an accent with people from Cali? XD I don't know. Someone educate me.
I think everyone else on the globe has an accent - not us from California!

And I always heard it as Ba-Ba-Ba-...Ba-Barbara Ann.

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So true bugs! I'm 99.9% sure it's Barbara Ann.πŸ˜‚ I'm from Cali and everybody says I have an accent but I still can't tell!
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Californian's do NOT have accents. πŸ˜‚

Ba-Ba-Ba-...Ba-Barbara Ann
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I am learning to play Barbara Ann on my uke.
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Fun discussion! I've heard it as 'Bobber' but also 'Barbra', the way Streisand spells it.

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Hi Carlos -- There is lots of discussion on the internet about American accents. Americans without an accent supposedly speak this:

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sometimes it’s called Standard American, or Broadcast English, or Network English, or, as it was created by two independent linguists in the 1920s and 1930s, General American. It is a neutral accent, one without distinguishing features.


The idea is that some Americans don't sound like they're from anywhere in particular. That's "General American". If you definitely sound like you're from somewhere in particular (like New York, Boston, Texas, South Carolina or Huntington Beach), you've got an accent. So a Californian who talks like a Valley Girl or a surfer in an exaggerated way can be said to have an accent. A Californian delivering the news on TV probably doesn't.

I grew up in Southern California but now live on the East Coast. Whenever I want to hear an accent that isn't real strong but reminds me of home, I can play this song (especially how he sings the word "surfer"). 



To me, "Barbara Ann" sounds like "Bah - bah - brr - an".

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Oh rubbish, the whole lot of you have got accents.  I recall some guy saying to me the last time I was in America.  "How do you get on with all these accents? I, of course, don't have one, being ... blah blah blah (general American)".  I replied, "Actually, you have the worst one."  Well, he just did.

However, if I spoke these words to most Americans, you would probably need a translator.

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Lisa G/TS

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Just came across this prowling around on YouTube. Take note around 1:50:




Gotta say I like the Stones' Yugoslavia song, too.  [biggrin]
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