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just notice the script above. Forget the pronounciation, English now faces a new challenge by these net surfers of losing its traditional way of writing the full words.
Ex: im, i, no1, its, no use of periods or commas, No capital letters.
Is this the way the English language is going to develop in the 21st century? Are the lexiconist taking into account this kind of usage becoming standard?
For me, the picture is very gory.
Re: British English or American accent?
In American English the neutral accent is usually " (Emerging)General American English" and occasionally "Network English" and Broadcaster English."
In British English, the neutral accent would be RP (or Received Pronunciation) based primarily on the upper middle-class speech of London.
American English and British English (BrE) differ at the levels of phonology, phonetics, vocabulary, and, to a lesser extent, grammar and orthography.
Neutral Accent - The Complete Guide
Have to say I have heard this type of comment many times and being from the UK I have to agree, and respect to you Kathryn for being so honest!
However to the original poster; there is a misconception by many learning English that "an American accent" means one only as if their is no variation! There are many different accents and some border on very posh/neutral English accents.
I have to also say as an observation of teaching many years in Asia that a lot of students have and continue to comment that they have a great deal of trouble understanding many American accents. That is not to say the same wouldn't happen with some UK accents but it is a common opinion put over to me many times!
I have a young student now who has had many hours outside of school with an American teacher and I and most of the rest of the class have problems understanding her. Maybe because it has become muddled with her native Asian tongue and American plus 3 years with me!!!!
Personally I want and like my students to develop a nice rounded Asian accent, maybe that is what you should aim for?
Really this is a very important topic.I'm Egyptian ,living in England-Newcastle I was shocked when I came here because all people here in Newcastle pronounce the letter (u) as (o) ex:bus is pronounced as boss and so on .so English people accept all accents easily
I believe people should not be judged on the accent he or she holds. I like both English and Amercian accents. I also love the Scottish one which in my opinion is purely sexy.