- Emphasize the short "A" sound, but don't overdo it. The Chicago accent does place emphasis on the short A sound (like in "cat" and "pat"), but it's not a harsh emphasis, nor does it extend to all vowel sounds as is sometimes jokingly done. The Chicago accent shouldn't be shrill or ridiculous - "pat" and "pot" aren't similar in pronunciation, nor are "cot", "cat", and "caught".
- Emphasize "D" sounds at the start of words and replace "th-" sounds with "D"s. For example, "I was supposed to see the Bears play but I got stuck in traffic on the Dan Ryan" becomes: "I was supposed ta see da Bears play but I got stuck in traffic on da Dan Ryan." If talking, fast try to blend in the "th" with a "d" sound.
Most of us do not have to fake a soutsideaChicaga accent, but in case your authentic old sod speach pattern has been diluted by life in another region click below.
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