How to Talk Like A Real New Yorker

The way New Yorkers speak is different from generic US speech

The Italian Food Center by franck bohbot

Every visitor in the City must noticed real new yorkers have a special accent when we talk. Years of immigrants melding their respective languages into one in a jungle of words, New York talk needs a bit of explanation.

tip1 | Make sure your O’s sound like AW’s and your R’s at the endcourier new of a word are left off. For example: Do ya want a cup a cawfee afta dinna?

tip2 | Make sure you put tons of emphasys on the vowels
Caffee: Cawfee
Chocolate: chawcolate
water: wooder
Mother: Mudda
Long Island: Lawn-Guyland

First things firts; It’s “Noo York” not New York.

Ga’ Head (Go Ahead): A phrase of encouragement.

Get the Fuck Outta Hea (Get the Fuck out of Here): sounds confrontational but its a term of disbelief more than anything.

How YOU Doin? (how are you doing?): with emphasis on the YOU.

Fuggetaboutit (Forget about it): Don’t worry about it, it’s all good.

Boss : People that either don’t know or forgot your name will call you “boss” instead.

EYYYY (Hey): Used to up the level of any conversation.

Mudder (mother): “F*ck your mudder”.

The City: used when referring to New York City. Mostly used for Manhattan.
Bridge and Tunnel: used when referring to those that live in the suburbs, mostly Jersey or Long Island.

Houston is a street, not a city in TexasPlease, for your own sake, pronounce it HOW-ston and not HUE-ston.

Williamsburg isn’t in Virginia. It’s in Brooklyn.

Pie: entire pizza (not a slice).

Stand on line: to stand in a line.

Subway: You’ll be riding the “subway” or the “train,” not the “metro.”

Lox and a Schmear: a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

Finally; Pick up the “attitude”: 

  • Speak quickly and succinctly.
  • Use loud, expressive tones when speaking.
  • Really draw out those vowels for emphasis.
  • Throw an extra “r” at the end of words that end in vowels, like “that’s a good idear.”


Image credit: The Italian Food Center by franck bohbot


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