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New Orleans Yat Accent

New Orleans accents are somewhat a-typical for the south, and are sometimes mistaken for New York. New Orleans accents are often called Yat or Y'at because of the phrase "Where y'at?" meaning "How are you?" You're doing great if you're in the Crescent City...


New Orleans "Yat" Accent Learning Materials

  • The New Orleans accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, using the text, as well as a number of recordings of native speakers. Jim gathered these recordings during trips to New Orleans - bringing the experience back to you in this download.
  • You'll get four versions of the written materials: a PDF file to print or read on a standard computer, a large-format PDF for portable reading devices, and MOBI for Kindle and EPUB for other portable readers.
  • This accent is appropriate for productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and other plays. You also hear it in documentaries like When the Levees Broke and Yeah You Rite.
  • This updated edition includes additional teaching audio leading you through a monologue in the Yat accent.
  • New Orleans accents are strangely similar to the accents of New York City, and it definitely has elements of a Cajun accent in it, but if you're familiar with them, the difference is quite strong.

Audio files in Two Volumes (153 MB, 180 minutes)

Volume 1: Learning the Yat Accent

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints for learning a Yat accent (4:18)
  2. Consonant sound changes for speaking with a New Orleans accent (14:02)
  3. Vowel sound changes for Yat accents (10:06)
  4. changes to Diphthongs in a New Orleans accent (5:28)
  5. Alternate Pronunciations for terms in a New Orleans Yat accent (4:11)
  6. Wrap up for speaking with a New Orleans accent (4:32)
  7. Text Practice (27:51)
  8. Intonation Practice (7:34)
  9. Text Example (1:26)

Volume 2: Recordings of Native Speakers from NOLA

  1. Chalmette White Female reading (1:02)
  2. + her conversation (9:44)
  3. White/Hispanic Male reading (1:31)
  4. + his conversation (2:21)
  5. “Terlet” White Female reading (1:26)
  6. + her conversation (1:27)
  7. “Race Car” White Male reading (1:31)
  8. + his conversation (profanity) (6:04)
  9. “Oyster” White Male conversation (1:59)
  10. “Yat” White Male conversation (:40)
  11. African-American Female reading (1:08)
  12. + her conversation (3:31)
  13. “Tours” African-American Female reading (1:10)
  14. + her conversation (2:45)
  15. Westwego White Female reading (1:15)
  16. + her conversation (8:24)
  17. Chalmette White Female reading (5:30)
  18. + her conversation (5:30)
  19. NOLA East White Female reading (1:26)
  20. + her conversation (7:41)
  21. Arabi White Female reading (1:24)
  22. + her conversation (7:11)
  23. Lake View White Male reading (1:03)
  24. Lake View White Female reading (1:05)
  25. Lake View second White Female reading (1:01)
  26. Lake View family conversation (7:02)
  27. + conversation continues (6:25)
  28. + conversation continues (3:51)
  29. Lake View second White Male reading (1:10)
  30. + conversation continues (8:06)

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.