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The "Miami" accent - English with a pinch of Spanish

MIRAMAR, Fla. -- Even though South Florida is about as far south as you can go in the US, that accent you hear is not Southern, certainly not Northern and not even quite Cuban or Spanish. According to linguistic experts, the tongue you’re most likely hearing is a Miami accent.

A Miami accent?

“It’s a cadence, a rhythm that’s superimposed on the English, that is borrowed from Spanish speaking, even if they’re not speakers of Spanish,” said Norene Bini, a dialogue and dialect coach in North Miami who not only confirms the presence of the Miami accent but also gets paid by aspiring actors who want help neutralizing theirs.


“The flavor of it is infused in their English even though their English might be perfect. I also tell actors it’s not about eliminating your accent, it’s about learning another character,” Bini said.


Many people with the “Miami Sound” speak fluent English and have spent most, if not all, of their lives in the United States, Bini said. They usually think they're speaking with no accent at all, she said.


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