There’s no denying that when it comes to language, accents are some of the most interesting things in the world. The fact that people can tell what part of the world you grew up in simply by the way you say “aluminum” is quite funny.
For some folks, accents aren’t something you really ever think about. For others, they are an outstanding source of pride and a unique form of communication.
But when it comes to the American South, they hold their accents in particularly high regard.
A Southern Accent is one of the most known and immediately recognizable accents in the world. It is the subject of many romance movies with “country boys,” and it has established itself with the likes of farmers, laborers, and other working-class people from the south. A “good ol’ southern boy” is sure to have one of these accents.
It can usually be identified by its charming drawl.
What makes a Southern Accent unique is the shortening of many words and the way it drawls out. For instance, instead of the long, drawn-out “you all”, “y’all” works just fine. Even better, really.
If you’ve ever met somebody from the South, then you know it’s an endearing part of the culture.
But the way this little boy drawls out directions is even cuter still!
For some people, their accents are so thick that others struggle to even understand them. It can be a particularly funny event when two people try to communicate with different histories and accents.
For this one little boy, the act of simply giving out directions has gotten the whole world laughing.
The video is titled “Giving Directions in Country”, and this kid is hilarious.
“Country” is another word for someone who speaks with a Southern drawl, and this kid has a thick one!
In his little green hat, he cuts the perfect image for a little country boy who runs around in the rain with his boots on. When he starts talking, though, he completes the picture in brilliant detail.
“I weent down ther’ last week”
The kid is named Jake Boone and the video opens up with a shot of him just rambling on for a while before he starts giving “directions”. While difficult to put into words and read, the way he speaks is comforting and cute, all at the same time.
Some people may need a translator for this deep south rural accent.
Growing up the south is one way to understand what the boy is saying and luckily, I have done that. When the man (probably his dad) asks Jake how to get to Briar Creek, little Jake launches into a full explanation of how to get there – only in his own country style.
The directions are complicated even more by the fact that Jake is a little kid!
It can be tough to understand a deep southern accent, let alone a little kid with one! He starts the directions off by saying (translated):
“You turn on the left and go right straight to Brar Creek. Then you get on the six-mile road and then you turn back on the one mile. You know, uh, Briar Creek Road, turn onto the six-mile and go back to where you were at. Then you go on one mile, to this mile, then you go back. “
While I love listening to Jake talk, I wouldn’t rely on him for directions!
The mental map Jake has of his environment seems to be quite extensive! While we can’t fault little Jake for his attempt to explain to us how to get to Briar Creek, we can thank him for a wonderful minute and a half where we got to listen to a hilarious story from a little kid with a southern accent.
Check out the adorable video of Jake below!
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