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\Aleco wrote:On the other hand, when I listened to the occasional Latvian song (I did watch jESC as a little boy ) but I don't remember it as sounding Russian then.
EDIT: I just listened to the song again, and sadly it does sound very Russian to me Except, Latvian has lovely, clean vowels
Levo wrote:Because I don't like that.
lang wrote:I found a video showing a Latvian speaking in Russian to a Russian. Maybe it is easier to ask if a Latvian has a similar accent when speaking Russian. Are their accents similar or quite different?
lang wrote:The man on the left, Nils Ušakovs, is the Mayor of Riga is he not? His wiki article says he was born in Riga, Latvian SSR, so maybe he would maybe have some Russian descent in his accent, but he is Latvian.
Although now I just realised; when you speak in another language you do use a bit of a different accent to your mother tongue, am I right? Such as, if I spoke French I would not use my english accent, but a bit of a French one.
Sol Invictus wrote:According to some anecdotical reports Russians from Latvia are preceived as having accent in Russia, though, which still dosen`t mean it sounds the same as Latvian accent.
Eno wrote:For me, as a native Russian speaker, Latvian sound system doesn't sound like Russian. Lithuanian does in some way, but Latvian does not. With its long vowels, which are completely foreign to Russian, it more resembles Finnic languages. All in all there're a lot of sonic features in Latvian which lack in Russian and vice versa. By the way, lots of Russians like Russian language spoken with Baltic accent: Latvian or Lithuanian (though it baffles me how Lithuanians I met in my life manage to speak Russian without any noticeable accent).
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