My co-workers and I had to school another fellow co-worker on how to properly talk like a southerner (well, we’re in Southern Indiana, close enough) She’s from Michigan and actually enunciates her words.
Here are some tips if you too want to fit in:
* drop every G at the end of any word. Pretend it doesn’t exist. Living is livin’, dying is dyin’ and so forth
* let words just fall out of your mouth. This comes in handy if you’re trying to pronounce Louisville. You would think it has 3 syllables but it’s only 2 the way I say it.
* add an R where there shouldn’t be one. Warsh and “oril” (oil) are good examples
* “Y’all”. know it. love it.
I hope this helps