Why We Love Men with Accents

They're sexy, charming - and all they did was say hello. What is it about guys with foreign accents that makes us swoon?
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Why We Love Men with Accents

They’re sexy and charming – and all they did was say “hello.” What is it about guys with foreign accents that makes us swoon?

-Maureen Dempsey

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“I wouldn’t have said this at the time, but looking back, it was all about his accent. It really made up for what he lacked in the looks department,” says Maya, a 29-year-old yoga instructor from Boston, recalling how she fell for Steve, her foreign-born ex-fiancé. “If he’d spoken like a Midwesterner, all bets would have been off.”

It’s funny how, for some women, an exotic accent can boost a man’s sex appeal. But what is it about the sound of a foreign voice that’s so captivating? London native Rochelle Peachy, who still speaks with an accent despite living in the U.S. for 12 years, may not know the exact answer but she does know that for some people, it’s the ultimate spark. In fact, after years of people asking her to set them up with her international friends, she finally launched a dating website, ILoveYourAccent.com, in February. The site was specifically created to help singles in the United States and the United Kingdom connect – and, as she explains, one of the main reasons it works is that each country seems to be in love with the others’ accent.

“Funnily enough, Brits love the way Americans speak, as well,” says Peachy, “though it’s not so wildly known. We hear it in the movies.”

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But sex appeal isn’t limited to just the Brits. Plenty of other accents have been known to do the trick, too, as Amy, a photographer from Bethesda, MD, explains.

“I moved to France for awhile, and lived with a Frenchman,” she says. “Philippe and I were together for about two years, and he said plenty of wonderful things to me in his native language, but what I found most charming (and deadly!) was when he’d translate French sayings into English. Once, I had to return to the States for a month or two and he was very down about it. The day he drove me to the airport it was raining, and at one point, speaking in English with his beautiful Gallic accent, he quietly said, ‘See, even the sky is crying because you’re leaving!’ It nearly killed me! Of course, if an American guy said anything like that to me, I’d probably laugh out loud. But French sayings tend to be more poetic than ours to begin with – even if the point is basically the same– and when someone translates them into English, especially with that wonderful accent…well, they still get me every time!”

“Guys with accents just seem so cultured – the very sound of their voice suggests a maturity and worldliness that most men here don’t have,” adds Amy. “It’s definitely a huge turn-on!”

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18 thoughts on “Why We Love Men with Accents

  1. Ugh, I love accents! When I was traveling abroad in Europe, I loved hearing all the different types–I think it definitely has to do with sounding exotic, sophisticated and unfamiliar.

  2. Anytime I go to Europe, I am surprised by how many men I feel attracted to. The environment and the unfamiliarity of situation must have a lot to do with it. Whatever it is, it is thrilling. Love the accents! (ones I can understand thought.. 😉 )

  3. My boyfriend is Latino and I die over his accent! All of my family and friends fell in love with him right away because something about the way he speaks makes him so endearing.

  4. The Brits have the best accents ever; all of the U.K. have awesome accents. They jsut sound so sophisticated. Spanish accents are hot too, though. Brits are the coolest like Ben Barnes, William Moseley, Rupert Grint and ORLANDO BLOOM! : )

  5. OMG – I ADORE men with European accents! Any of them – French, British, Spanish, Italian. And I also agree it has something to do with the sensual mannerisms they display. You just KNOW they are going to love and cherish you because they always speak of women (especially their mothers!)in glowing terms!!! They love MY Texas accent, also!

  6. Man with German accents, there is just something wild and completely masculine when a German guy speaks English. Makes you think very naughty things…




  8. I’d like to attempt to explain the fact that many women like men with foreign accents from the perception point of view. First of all, a man speaking with an accent is perceived as having a child-like quality of not being fully articulate; hence, just as a child, such man is perceived as less threatening and more pliable, i.e. capable of being adjusted to meet the needs of the female, as well as more easily influenced and controlled than a man with a strong linguistic ability.
    Secondly, females are wired by nature to seek the healthiest possible male to select as a mate in order to produce an offspring with better chances of survival. Health depends on the genetic composition of individuals. Although perhaps not yet proven by evidentiary science, I would hypothesize that it is possible that females can summarily perceive genetic composition of a male based on his phenotype coupled with his behavioural and linguistic ability; so, a male with a foreign accent is perceived as one who bears a wider genetic pool and a better choice for mating.
    By the way, this explains not only women’s preference for men with foreign accents but also the rapidly increasing numbers of men marrying women of foreign origin.

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