ummm learn Indian BellaDellaItalia?
Anyhoo, yep, I will admit that a good strong stereotypical Indian accent never fails to bring a smile to my lips. It is a beautiful way of speaking, and almost all the people I have heard speaking with this english have had such a stunning command of the language and have tended to use it in a much more poetic manner (by accident or design) than I usually hear it. Whoever it was that said that amusement expressed at an Indian accent was due to the speakers poor command of the language was imho way off base, I haven’t met any people from the region who didn’t speak fluently.
I get the same buzz from a Catalan accent, and while my experience has always been with people who did not have a fluent command of the language, my amusement was in no way condescending towards their language skills. It just sounds so damned cool, the slight lisp, the speech patterns of one language being applied to another, the enthusiasm of communication, it gives me a kick.
Norwegians also crack me up. I watch the weather here simply to laugh at the way the presenter speaks. It sounds funny, in a good way. It makes me laugh and gives me good vibes about Norwegians.
I think the reason so many people find specifically an Indian accent entertaining is that it is so marked. Somone asked earlier why people don’t laugh at a german accent (generally rather than specifically). To be honest, I don’t think that the majority of person (disclaimer, yes I know you all know the diff, I am talking majority) would be able to distinguish between a Dutch, German, Danish, Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian accent, despite them all sounding radically different. Ooh, Finnish, that is another one that makes me laugh. I get my Finnish mates to say stuff, just so I can laugh at it Then they get me to try and say Finnish stuff so they can laugh at me mangling it. Finnish just sounds so damned cool, like mumin-trolls! Nothing like a big deep Finnish accent to make you feel good
Obviously, laughing at somones accent can be an expression of distain and racism. It can however also be a celebration of diversity and of the beauty of somones interpretation of language. Assuming the worst and laying a blanket ban on all expressions of amusement at the differences between us will leave me and others poorer. Sterile interactions with those who are not like us rob us of wonderful experiences between cultures.