Destinharbor saidNew Yawk?
Yep. My downfall is all the "AW" words: cawfee, tawk, wawk, awhful, etc. No matter how hard I try (and I have a college degree in speech & phonetics), I can't correct it.
So I often use substitute words. Instead of saying: "I'll tawk with him," I say: "I'll speak with him." Then you don't hear any accent.
Plus I also have a peculiar Northern New Jersey nasality. My "can't" sounds just like that voice-challenged actress in the 1952 movie Singing in the Rain.
So instead of "kaint" I'll say "cannot".
One of the voice exercises my phonetics professor made me say was: "I can't dance with my aunt."
I would say it (in free phonetic spelling): "I kaint daince with my ant."
"No, Robert, it's: 'I cawnt dawhnce with my auhnt'." It didn't help me that she herself spoke with a very heavy Boston accent she refused to acknowledge having. Oh, well, at least today I know how to ask for a bowl of clam "chowdah" and to "pahk mah cah down by the hahrbah".
If they ever recast the role for the "Pepperidge Farm Man" in TV commercials I'm all set to audition.