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Cajun Accent

Cajun accents are focused around the swamplands of southern Louisiana and into southeast Texas. Even though many younger Cajuns don't speak French anymore, the language still has a huge impact on their accents. You'll hear both contemporary Cajuns and classic Cajuns who speak very little English here, cher!

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Cajun Accent Learning Materials

  • The Cajun accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, along with Carolyn Johnson providing a female voice on the practice sentences. This 2017 update includes recordings of Jim leading you through a monologue using the accent.
  • There are also recordings of 19 native Cajuns. Jim gathered these recordings during trips to Louisiana's Cajun country - bringing the experience back to you in this download.
  • You'll get a PDF of the written materials, along with three additional versions of the teaching volume: a smaller PDF to print, a MOBI version for Kindle, and an EPUB version for other portable readers.
  • This is the accent you'll experience in James Lee Burke novels, and you can hear it from people like Justin Wilson, the Cajun chef. French Cajun still has a heavy influence on the accent, even for younger speakers who know very little French.
  • When the Acadians were forced out of the areas in and around Nova Scotia, many of them settled in southern Louisiana swampland because the land was largely unclaimed or unwanted, and because they knew how to live in coastal marshland. They had a large influence on the New Orleans accent, and there are elements of West Louisiana & East Texas accents that are present in many Cajun speakers.

Audio files in Two Volumes (159MB, 203 minutes)

Volume 1: Learning the Cajun Accent

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints (13:35)
  2. Consonant sound changes for learning a Cajun accent (21:48)
  3. Vowel sound changes in a Cajun accent (8:47)
  4. changes to Diphthongs for a Cajun accent (5:27)
  5. Alternate Pronunciations of Cajun words (1:42)
  6. Review of the Practice Sentences (2:58)
  7. Practice Text (28:12)
  8. Intonation & Placement Practice (11:25)
  9. Text Example (1:39)

Volume 2: Recordings of Native Cajuns

  1. Lafayette Louisiana Male conversation (6:22)
  2. Henderson / Breaux Bridge Louisiana Female reading (1:00)
  3. + her conversation (1:56)
  4. Carencro / Breaux Bridge Louisiana Male reading (1:45)
  5. + his conversation (3:10)
  6. + discussion of Cajun accents with Breaux Bridge Female (1:35)
  7. Eunice Louisiana Female reading (1:00)
  8. + her conversation (1:12)
  9. Lafayette Louisiana Female conversation (3:47)
  10. Lafayette Male conversation (heavier Cajun French) (3:37)
  11. Abbeville Louisiana Female conversation (very heavy Cajun French) (6:11)
  12. Lafayette Louisiana Female conversation (5:11)
  13. Orange Texas Male reading (1:22)
  14. + his conversation (8:37)
  15. Abbeville Louisiana Female reading (:55)
  16. + her conversation (1:57)
  17. Cecilia Louisiana Female reading (1:10)
  18. + her conversation (5:57)
  19. Patterson Louisiana Female reading (1:17)
  20. + her conversation (9:23)
  21. Mamou Louisiana Mother reading (1:25)
  22. Jeanerette Louisiana Son reading (1:11)
  23. + their conversation (9:54)
  24. Houma Louisiana Male reading (1:38)
  25. + his conversation (6:52)
  26. Houma Louisiana Female reading (:54)
  27. + her conversation (5:01)
  28. St James Parish Louisiana Female reading (1:24)
  29. + her conversation (6:23)
  30. Donaldsonville Louisiana Female reading (1:15)
  31. + her conversation (4:11)

Most of these recordings are made "in the field" so you will hear such things as birds, cars or other people in the background. A transcription of the conversations is included to help you follow along.

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