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I am hopefully going to audition for West Side Story soon and i was wondering wether anybody could give me any tips on how to do the puerto rican accent? i want to try and get it as real sounding as possible! Thanks!xxx

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Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:05 pm
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My tip- Don't ask advice for things such as that on a message board where you don't know anyone's ability. Contact a director you trust in your area and ask him/her for the names of someone you can meet IN PERSON to learn the Puerto Rican dialect. If you listen to the majority of the people here, you'll end up with a generic and bad hispanic dialect. And there is a difference. If you can't learn it by the time auditions come around, DON'T DO IT AT ALL!!! There is nothing worse than a bad dialect or accent...

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Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:42 pm
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three words. DAVID ALLEN STERN. get some of his tapes for dialects. if u need a really specialized one, he does ones with lonng segments that really teach you the dialect.


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I agree with the David Allan Stern recommendation.

But here's some basic things:
- don't let your "s" sound turn into a "z". We say "it iZ 3:00". They really say the s and say "it iss 3:00"
- roll your rrr's
- v's sound almost like b's. "victoria" would sound almost like "bictoria"
- i don't think the "i" noise as in "it" or "in" is really used. it would sound more like "ee". so "begin" would sound more like "begeen"


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How do you roll your R's? Thats the only bit of the accent I cant really get but I've got a while until my audition so I'm hoping I can learn.

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Your best bet is to get a dialect coach and listen to a native speaker. I would not recommend David Allen Stern, though. His tapes tend to sound "stereotypical," rather than authentic. And the movie isn't a good source, either -- even though Rita Moreno is Puerto Rican.

A few tips... You don't always roll your r's in Puerto Rican. Sometimes they're hard r's and sometimes rolled. It's a "dental" accent, so keep the pronuncation of everything very forward and, whenever possible, place your tongue right behind your front teeth.

It was touch for me to master, because I speak French and I tended to sound more French than Spanish when I first started. It takes practice, but you can get it.


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:cry: I'm in trouble if I ever do WSS, I can't roll my tongue...I was born tongue tied.


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^ lol same here! i can't curl my tongue either!

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say "ch" for "y" at the beginning of words


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