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    DJ S-Force is offline Newbie
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    Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    Hello everyone,

    I have a quest for you;
    Which is: 'Am I allow as a foreigner from Holland, allowed to use British Accents, wherever I go?

    So like the sentence: 'That dosn't matter', rather than 'That doesn't matter'?

    Best Regards,
    Raymond from Holland

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    Re: Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ S-Force View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I have a quest for you;
    Which is: 'Am I allow as a foreigner from Holland, allowed to use British Accents, wherever I go?

    So like the sentence: 'That dosn't matter', rather than 'That doesn't matter'?

    Best Regards,
    Raymond from Holland

    It is verboten for any foreigner to use a British accent. What do you think they keep The Tower in good repair for? If you are found out punishment is to speak with a Geordy accent for the rest of your life.

    'That dosn't matter' is not a British accent, just incorrect spelling.

    TomUK

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    Re: Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ S-Force View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I have a question for you:

    Which is: 'Am I allowed as a foreigner from Holland, allowed to use British accents wherever I go? You can use whatever accent you like. Who is going to stop you?

    So like the sentence: (What does that mean?) 'That dosn't matter', rather than 'That doesn't matter'?

    Best Regards,
    Raymond from Holland
    Rover

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    Re: Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    If you are really capable of losing your native-tongue-influenced accent, more power to ya. You might do better, though, to adopt an American accent among Brits and vice versa. That way they would be less likely to "make" you as a non-native speaker.

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    Re: Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    As an American English native I personally find British accents on foreigners annoying. Why? I can't explain but that is the case.

    But...my feelings aside, I would say that you should adopt the accent that makes *you* most comfortable. Try listening to your own accent and improve it to the point where you sound "native" for the region you are imitating.

    Not a native -- AmE native

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    Re: Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ S-Force View Post
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    So like the sentence: 'That dosn't matter', rather than 'That doesn't matter'?

    Best Regards,
    Raymond from Holland
    I suspect you weren't referring not to the spelling but to the pronunciation - /d˄znt/ vs /dɒznt/. The /ɒ/ pronunciation is regional, and not at all uncommon. It doesn't hinder comprehension. (My primary schhool headmaster used this vowel - he was from Scotland; and my grammar school English teacher did ; he was from Durham.)

    But if someone with the merest trace of a foreign accent said it, it would be regarded as a mistake. (You can call this 'disallowing' if you like; but it's the way things are.):

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    Re: Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    Quote Originally Posted by TomUK View Post
    It is verboten for any foreigner to use a British accent. What do you think they keep The Tower in good repair for? If you are found out punishment is to speak with a Geordy accent for the rest of your life.

    'That dosn't matter' is not a British accent, just incorrect spelling.

    TomUK
    So it's absolutely prohibited to use a British Accent, as a foreigner?
    But what if I'm just ''used'', on a this accent?

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    Re: Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    He was just kidding. No one can tell anyone else how to speak.

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    Re: Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    He was just kidding. No one can tell anyone else how to speak.
    But what if I meet a pure English Gentlemen, maybe I can ask it him.
    Especially when it is someone above an age of 50, maybe 60 years.

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    Re: Am I as foreigner allow to use British Accents?

    Quote Originally Posted by allenman View Post
    As an American English native I personally find British accents on foreigners annoying. Why? I can't explain but that is the case.

    But...my feelings aside, I would say that you should adopt the accent that makes *you* most comfortable. Try listening to your own accent and improve it to the point where you sound "native" for the region you are imitating.

    Not a native -- AmE native
    Sorry, but I'm a British accent is not annoying. As for the American pronunciation, then it is difficult to understand.

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