Models present flamenco dresses during the Moda de Sevilla at the Triana bridge in Sevilla, Spain. Picture: AFP
IN THE pursuit of love, the right accent can be as attractive as a bright smile or dreamy eyes.
But not all accents are created equal.
So what are the world’s sexiest accents? Here are our top 10, scroll down to see the winner.
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Famous tongues: Fernando Lamas, Gabriela Sabatini
A South American melting pot, Argentina has a proud, pouty tone. With its own pronunciation of Spanish letters, it’s a hard-to-get dialect, but with an undeniable attraction.
Famous tongues: Tony Jaa, Tata Young
With five tones, those with this fragile accent can turn any language into a song of seduction. Thai is mostly monosyllabic, resulting in extra emphasis in multi-beat foreign words and then the last letter being left off, leaving captive listeners wanting more.
Famous tongues: Nikki Minaj, Billy Ocean
The Caribbean island of Trinidad offers a melodic mix of pan-African, French, Spanish, Creole and Hindi dialects that, when adapted for English, is hypnotic.
Famous tongues: Alice Braga, Anderson Silva
A couple watches fireworks light the sky on the famous Copacabana beach / AFP
With its French influence, this accent is more colourful than its European counterpart. The drawn-out vowels sound like a holiday.
Famous tongues: Matthew McConaughy, Britney Spears
Being in a rush isn’t sexy, and when you throw in the warmth and friendliness of the US Southern accent, what’s not to like?
Famous tongues: Hugh Grant, Sienna Miller
Proper, dignified and scholarly, the Oxford British accent promises upward nobility. Sexy from the mouths of Hugh Grant, Jude Law and Kate Winslet, just avoid thinking of the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh when you hear it.
Famous tongues: Colin Farrell, Andrea Corr
The lilting, charming Irish accent is irresistible in its lightness and breathlessness. It can swing from vulnerable to threatening, restoring your faith in the world.
Famous tongues: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz
A smouldering accent, the words don’t matter: if it comes from Spanish lips, it sounds sexy.
Famous tongues: Audrey Tautou, Gerard Depardieu
French actress Audrey Tautou speaks during the press conference for the film “Therese Desqueyroux” presented out of competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 27, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT
French is paradoxically erotic. Condescending and disinterested, but at the same time elegant and charming, this accent still gives its speakers a, shall we say, je ne sais quoi.
Famous tongues: Monica Bellucci, Alessandro Del Piero
Firey and romantic, the Italian accent keeps listeners hanging on through the long, drawn out words and the rapid-fire syllables. Its cadences make it fascinating and irresistible.