Maya agrees. When recalling her relationship with an Israeli man in her early 20s, she says there was definitely an “air of sophistication and mystery the accent imparted: Where has he been? Where is he going? And will he take me?”
“I still melt when he calls me ‘darling,’” says Maureen, a New York-based nursing manager, referring to her boyfriend of three years, Malcolm, who’s originally from London.
The problem? Everyone finds his accent alluring. “Women of all ages – from mid-20s to late-60s – get giddy around him,” says Maureen, with a laugh. “For example, we went shopping the other day and he wound up with three sales clerks around him, giggling and chatting. They even gave him hugs and kisses goodbye!”
But the Brits have nothing on the Italians, as Tricia, a special education director from Hampton Bays, NY, is quick to point out. “The subtle inflections of his voice are so strong, confident and sexy,” she says about her husband of eight years, Beppe, a native of Capri. But it’s not just how he speaks or what he says. “The cultural nuances that European men grow up with, the fact that they really ‘get’ how to cherish a woman…well, that coupled with their accents, makes them simply irresistible,” she says.
If a man with an accent is on your “must-have” list, Peachy says that joining a site like ILoveYourAccent.com can’t hurt – and it may even open up some doors. “If you’ve been hitting those same two little bars for the last few years, hoping to meet someone exciting and nothing’s happening, it’s time to shake things up,” she says. “If it doesn’t work out, then you can always go back to the bar and eat chicken wings.”
Tell us: Do you have a thing for foreign guys? What’s your favorite accent?
Maureen Dempsey is a freelance writer based in New York City – which means the paychecks she works so diligently to earn are spent all too quickly in the gazillion clothing stores within a 10-block radius of her apartment. She owns too many black dresses.