There are at least 34 very distinct accents in the UK, and 7 in the US.
Out of the wide range of choices we have, I would go with something from Northern Ireland.
Well, maybe I'm racist, but I'm assuming you're an American asking this. I saw the "who's" in the title and I kind of made a generalization.
As for spoken English, are you comparing diction or just the inflection and the way words are pronounced?
Either way, the Queen's English it is.
I've always thought Canadian English was the best. It seems the most neurtral to me--none if the extreme accents you find in the us (northeast/southeast), and none of the nearly incomprehensible stuff that comes out of England/the UK.
There are accents/dialects in each country that I cannot understand. less so the US only because I have had more exposure but some are still there (sections of Louisiana and South Carolina come to mind).
what are you talking about? US, Canadian, Australian English are all dialects that branch off UK's English. UK English is the Daddy of the language, the branches are it's babies.
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genaro y me voy wrote:
UK English is the Daddy of the language, the branches are it's babies.
No, the two are brothers, they share a daddy but neither is the daddy. UK and American dialects are all very far from what they were 300 years ago, some say the American dialects have actually changed less.
we speak slang english, the people from england talk all proper.
Many of the consonants in the English language are pronounced using the teeth. You can't speak well without good teeth.
For example, "t" is made with the teeth, so most British have trouble saying it. If they drive into a lake they will say "my moh'ercar is at the bah'um." Others try to compensate for this by overpronouncing "t" with a spit. "My mo-t'ercar is at the bah-t'um."
Normal people of any language treat a hard (unvoiced) stop followed by a vowel and soft consonant by voicing the stop. Thus we normal people say the "t" like "d." "My modercar is at the boddum." British people don't have the glottal dexterity to do that.
In the UK, when you hear a visiting American speak, you turn around and look at them in complete and utter disbelief at how truly ridiculous they sound. And to make it worse, you guys are exceptionally loud when you speak so it's pretty hard to ignore you. Plus you're all fat and that to magnify your presence.
To me, the American accent sounds very camp. Whenever I hear an American man talk I imagine them to enjoy musical theater and dancing to Barbara Streisand songs.
This is not meant to be insulting and I understand it is a broad generalization but that is just how it sounds to me.
I plefel Indian English.
I would also add that a lot of my European friends think that the American accent sounds dumb. I disagree with that - I think it's more to do with the things they say rather than the way they say it.
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BWAHAHAHAHAHA, awwww I dunno, all America look'a like.
Elite Vocalist wrote:
Only in Ameruica do you have to "press one for English" Rediculous. If you cant speak english, than get out of our country!!!
A minefield here.
You should read Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, or see the movie, My Fair Lady.
We are not quite so bad these days as when Shaw wrote: “It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.” - but an ‘upper class’ (public school) accent is still something of an open sesame for jobs and upward social mobility in the UK.
Our education system leaves a lot to be desired, confirmed somewhat the other day when I saw on TV, a black Belgium footballer playing in England, being interviewed and he was far more articulate in English than 90% of the English footballers I see interviewed.
It might be my ears, but I cannot understand what many American actors are saying these days on TV and in the movies - they seem to mumble, especially the young actors.
I can understand every word in old black and white Hollywood movies.
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