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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. You'll also hear 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 can follow along with transcripts of their conversations in a PDF.
  • You'll get a PDF of the teaching materials, along with three additional versions of the book: a 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.
  • All of the sound files are in MP3 format so that you can play them on your computer, load them onto your phone, or burn them to a CD.
  • You'll receive a link via email so that you can download all of the materials as ZIP files directly to your computer.
  • You'll also get future updates for free!

    5% of all profits from these materials go to diversity scholarships for actors at the University of Houston.

Listen to a Sample!

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.