By: T.R. Slyder, TRSlyder@yahoo.com
I try to work on my foreign accents and make sure they're all up to snuff. While most are pretty decent, others still need retooling. My French one is so-so. It seems like most impressions go over well if you manage to use one or two keywords during your accent for instance with German you make sure you throw in "ja", "und" and maybe a "zees von" (instead of "this one") and no matter what else you say, you're good. The British accent has a similar formula, just make sure you throw in a, "brilliant", "yes, my son", "d'ya know wha' I mean?", "cheers, mate", "fahking 'ell", etc. Pepper a few of those in there and you're good.
Last night's Saturday Night Live taught me a great a new keyword for the French: feces. The trick is pronouncing it "fess S", as in, "Your American food all tastes like, how you say, fess ess." Annnd Scene.
It's just that easy.