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10-12-2006, 09:50 AM
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Tell me why Sergei Samsonov has no Russian accent

... Sergei Samsonov has no Russian accent when he talks.
Has he ever explained this to anyone?
I mean this is bizarre.
Alexei Kovalev still has remnants of an accent and he has been in the NHL longer than Samsonov.

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Markov also has no accent




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Markov also has no accent



Andrei Markov has the extent of an accent that Alexei Kovalev has, basically remnants. Sergei Samsonov sounds like an American. He has no accent at all!

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You've never heard someone pick up a second language so well they're practically accentless?

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It's probably impossible to determine why 2nd language speakers retain or lose their accents. My guess is that New York has a russian community while Boston does not (where both players initially learned english)

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Better ability to learn a language...........

Some people just have an ability to learn languages. Plus, it's not uncommon for some Europeans to speak four or five languages fluenty!

Some french guys learn to speak english perfectly yet some french guys have huge accents no matter how long they are around english. Mario Lemieux spoke no english when he was drafted by Pittsburgh, yet to hear him speak now, his accent is almost gone. Luc Robitaille spoke very little as well and to this day he still has an accent. Both those guys played their careers in completely english environments, yet one speaks better than the other!

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It's probably impossible to determine why 2nd language speakers retain or lose their accents. My guess is that New York has a russian community while Boston does not (where both players initially learned english)
Is it where they initially learned to speak english?

Anyways... friend of mine got a linguistics degree and told me that there's a lot better chance you'll have an accent (like almost 100%) if you learn the second language after 12 years old or so.

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Some people go out of their ways to destroy their accents, as they feel it sets them appart for the wrong reasons.

It's just like how if you go to Ireland, you'd pick up hints of an Irish accent within a few weeks.

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Is it where they initially learned to speak english?

Anyways... friend of mine got a linguistics degree and told me that there's a lot better chance you'll have an accent (like almost 100%) if you learn the second language after 12 years old or so.
It's where they were drafted and initially played.

The most likely explaination is the one your friend gave you, perhaps Samsonov learned english as a kid and Kovalev picked it up later in life. Who knows?

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samsonov has an american house with an american car and an american wife living the american dream. only normal he would sound american

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Better ability to learn a language...........

Some people just have an ability to learn languages. Plus, it's not uncommon for some Europeans to speak four or five languages fluenty!

Some french guys learn to speak english perfectly yet some french guys have huge accents no matter how long they are around english. Mario Lemieux spoke no english when he was drafted by Pittsburgh, yet to hear him speak now, his accent is almost gone. Luc Robitaille spoke very little as well and to this day he still has an accent. Both those guys played their careers in completely english environments, yet one speaks better than the other!
One of my french buddies has the thickest accent and he's been speaking English for years. I know other friends of mine who are French that you would honestly think they are English.

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Samsonov uses magic...

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I think it might have to do with the fact that Sampsonov was a pro player in Las Vegas at age 17 and was a well publicized phenom who was always interviewed as early as 15. I don't know when Kovalev moved to North America.

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I read a few months ago that Samsonov's off-season home is in home of the suburbs of Detroit. That makes some sense since his only season in the old IHL was with the Detroit Vipers. I also read in that same article that he's a fitness freak.

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... Sergei Samsonov has no Russian accent when he talks.
Has he ever explained this to anyone?
I mean this is bizarre.
Alexei Kovalev still has remnants of an accent and he has been in the NHL longer than Samsonov.
I have no accent when I speak English. The trick is to think in the laguage you are speaking.

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It isn't unusual for someone not to have an accent. One of my friends often confuses people by speaking with a perfect anglophone accent yet his vocabulary and grammer are actually quite poor. Its hilarious to watch.

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Be this all as it may, I think that listening to Sergei talk makes me feel like this: I think, "You call yourself a Russian?" Peter Forsberg still has remnants of a Swedish accent... Teemu Selanne -- actually, he sounds Irish ... Kovalev sounds like Vladimir Putin.

Come on, Samsonov!

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Andrei Markov has the extent of an accent that Alexei Kovalev has, basically remnants. Sergei Samsonov sounds like an American. He has no accent at all!
Everyone has an accent

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His real name is Serge Samson, he is a Quebecois and was born out of wedlock so the french Mother put him up for adoption, he was adopted by a loving Anglo-American family with dreams of having a superstar hockey playing son. They changed his name to Sergei Samsonov because they thought it sounded more like a bull's nutz and they all lived happily ever after

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I speak english with no accent whatsoever, so i can see how he does it as well.. it's just a matter of practicing.

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His real name is Serge Samson, he is a Quebecois and was born out of wedlock so the french Mother put him up for adoption, he was adopted by a loving Anglo-American family with dreams of having a superstar hockey playing son. They changed his name to Sergei Samsonov because they thought it sounded more like a bull's nutz and they all lived happily ever after
lol, now that was a good story.

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Sergei is multi lingual. He speak English, French (or Spanish) and German fluently. All this probably helps him to speak nearly accentless.

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He's a KGB agent.

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maybe there parents were really american informants in the soviet union in the 70s and 80s

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