Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Golden Retriever, Aug 25, 2011.
Is it Swiss, German, French, British? I can't tell.
Sounds kind of German to me,but he has practically no accent so it's hard to tell.
Watered down German I suppose. It reminds me of what happened to my dad's scottish accent when he was alive.
Having left Scotland in the early 80's his accent had all but gone, but every now and then he'd say something that sounded full on Glaswegian.
You can just about tell he's not a native English speaker but he doesn't really have an accent as such.
He's got a fairly "clean" accent.
But notice how he pronounces the word "but".
I can hardly detect any accent at all and yet he doesn't quite sound like a native speaker.
Very slight trace of German I think but he is so fluent in English that it is barely noticble. I think English is one of the languages he grew up with at home through his South-African born mother.
Federer was brought up in the German speaking part of Switzerland, so I guess you can call his accent Swiss-German. It sounds less harsh than a German accent, but this may be more to do with his very good grasp of English than anything else.
Here's Fed struggling to pronouce "this" properly:
Yeah, I did a piece of coursework on him for a German A Level a few years ago. His accent sounds more German than anything, but his English is fantastic.
Swiss-German. German speakers sound quite a bit more harsh and I have a Swiss friend whose accent is almost exactly like Fed's (same intonations on most words and overall tone of voice).
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