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After A Routine Surgery, This Latina Woke Up With A British Accent

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“She can’t say ‘tamales.’”


It’s not unusual for people to try out their best fake British accent after a weekend marathon of “Downton Abbey.” Whether you’re reading Shakespeare aloud to your chums or describing a rash to your doctor, the accent is just so charming and fun. In the case of Texas native Lisa Alamia, however, you’ll be gobsmacked to know she’s spoken the Queen’s English for nearly six months, and not by choice.

After a routine jaw surgery, Alamia awoke and found that a British accent had replaced her lifelong Texas drawl. While she didn’t notice anything at first, it wasn’t until her family pointed out the curious change to her voice. A doctor (not named Who) diagnosed Lisa with Foreign Accent Syndrome, a rare condition that’s affected only about 100 people. Ever.

Foreign Accent Syndrome usually affects those who have had some form of head trauma. (No offense to anyone with a British accent.) But in the case of Alamia, no one really knows just what brought this on. Alamia’s neurologist, Dr. Toby Yaltho, said his examination found no brain injuries, no complications from surgery, and no signs of a stroke.

Alamia says if the accent sticks, she’s cool with it. Her husband told CNN his wife still has trouble pronouncing some words: “She can’t say ‘just kidding.’ She can’t say ‘normal.’ She can’t say ‘tamales.’” It looks like Alamia should turn lemons into lemonade and take her voice talents to Hollywood. We’d be excited to see her as the next mastermind Bond villain, or Orbit Gum spokesperson, or at least anything that isn’t just another stereotypical Latina role.


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They Made Fun Of Her Accent During A Zoom Meeting But This Latina Councilwoman Clapped Back With Pride

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They Made Fun Of Her Accent During A Zoom Meeting But This Latina Councilwoman Clapped Back With Pride

Have you ever not spoken up out of fear for how people might judge your accent? Or maybe you’ve heard racial comments about how your abuelos or your tías speak?

Well, one Latina councilwoman knows exactly how so many of us feel after having experienced racist comments during a Zoom meeting on racial injustice amid her community’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. But instead of remaining silent, she is urging anyone with an accent, especially Latinos in her community, to speak up and wear it with pride.

A chat about racism led to racist comments about Navarro’s accent.

A Maryland county was hosting a virtual meeting the racial disparities taking place amid the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, when two people giggled and mocked the accent of the county’s only Latina councilmembers.

During the, Nancy Navarro, a member of the Montgomery County Council, spoke passionately about the county’s coronavirus vaccine rollout, which she said is failing people of color. According to CDC data, Maryland ranks near the bottom when it comes to getting vaccines in people’s arms.

“For me personally, I’ve always had this interesting dilemma in my years of public service, which has been this bizarre disconnect in terms of who we are in Montgomery County,” Navarro, the first Latina and the only woman serving on the council, said. “We’re still perceived as a totally, we’re like some other hologram of a county that doesn’t look anything like who we actually are.” 

As Navarro spoke, there was some chatter and laughter in the background — two people who apparently thought they were muted were talking about Navarro’s accent. 

“I love how her accent comes out and pronounces words like she thinks they’re pronounced,” one person said, specifically calling out the way Navarro pronounced the words “represent” and “hologram.”

Navarro spoke up and urged anyone with an accent to wear it with pride.

Navarro wasn’t aware that the incident had happened until two staff members notified her of that the employees had said in the background.

“What happened to me on Tuesday was not an isolated incident, it fits a pattern of microaggressions and racist acts that wittingly and unwittingly make the workplace, and by extension, our community spaces hostile spaces for people of color,” Navarro told CBS News.

“Make no mistake, these dysfunctions are deeply ingrained in our county and in our country, racism has become a public health crisis,” Navarro added. “What hurt was that these employees are part of our team, charged with working daily with a diverse team of Council members and staff on initiatives that require a sensitivity to and respect for racial and ethnic differences.”

Since the incident happened, Navarro is urging Latino immigrants with a Spanish accent to “wear it with pride and keep moving forward.”

Navarro’s story is one that so many of us can relate to.

Like so many of us, our friends, and our family, Navarro’s story is one that is widely reflected in our community. She was born in Venezuela but came to the U.S. with her family when she was 10. Her family eventually returned to Venezuela but Navarro came back to the U.S. for college and moved to Maryland with her husband, where they’ve lived since the 1990s. Her story is 100% American.

Navarro hopes that this incident will drive people to consider the impact of their words and actions. And, ultimately, she hopes the council will strengthen its efforts to hire a staff that reflects the diversity in its community.

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Brian Alvarez Is So Good At An Australian Accent That His Video Went Viral Down Under

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Brian Alvarez Is So Good At An Australian Accent That His Video Went Viral Down Under

We all know people who have attempted the Australian accent several times. It is also so exaggerated and just not it. Well, Australia just told us all who has the best Australian accent and it is Colombian-American actor Brian Alvarez.

Brian Alvarez took to Twitter to celebrate President-elect Joe Biden’s win as an Australian.

Tbh, a lot of good points are made in this video. However, the best part of the video is Alvarez’s stellar Australian accent. Alvarez has graced our screens for years as different characters. Most recently, Alvarez played Jack’s Spanish flight attendant boyfriend turned fiance turned husband. It seems that moving forward he has a strong chance to play an Australian.

His accent is so spot on that he even did some news shows in Australia.

Australians are big fans of this man’s accent. He is being praised on social media by Australians who are excited to see an American do the accent properly. It is truly so hard to have someone do an Australian accent without doing an exaggerated, Outback accent. It is like using just the southern accent to represent all Americans. It might be the most recognizable but it is not the most common accent.

The actor claims to be from Melbourne while doing the accent but he is not from Australia. The actor was born in Manhattan but that accent is just as authentic as any other. Way to go, mijo!

One news channel gave us a mashup of Americans attempting Australian accents to compare it to.

It is clearly heads and shoulder above the rest of the pack. Not only do the anchors know the magnitude of Alvarez’s accent, Aussies on social media are going crazy. His subtle nuances in the accent deliver the accent like few other American entertainers can. Truly an amazing feat for the actor.

To be fair, Alvarez’s portrayal on “Will & Grace” is kind of amazing.

He nails the over-the-top gay Spaniard accent. It is so good that it is funny because we have heard this accent at one point or another. It seems that Alvarez is just good at doing all kinds of accents. What an incredible talent, tbh. We all wish we were this good at accents.

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