I've got a setting I'm working on that has a lot of people of different cultures in a large, sprawling urban setting. As a result I'm going to run into plenty of characters who don't speak English as a first language- be it that they emigrated, or learned it at school instead of at home, you name it. I don't want tips on the whole "phonetic accent" thing- I personally never really liked that- but mostly what I'm after is speech pattern. See, I know unless you've learned another language extremely well, your speech pattern would betray your origins simply by what words you omit, what words you include, order, that kind of thing. The main one giving me trouble right now is a Frenchman, but eventually I'll run into others. Anyone know where I might find resources about this? Short of watching lots of movies, of course.