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    #211

    Re: British English or American accent?

    Don't forget that there are other accents besides American and British. Even American English has 5 major flavors (i.e. boston, L.A. midwest, N.Y,redneck, etc)

    The best 'flavor' for you depends on your future goals. Do you plan on living in one of those countries?

    It's not like they are all that different. I can talk with English people all over the world and translate for them here in Brazil without a problem. Learn English in one accent...then follow up on the others. ;)

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    #212

    Re: British English or American accent?

    I prefer American English because it sounds more natural and beautiful than British English.
    And, in my opinion, it is easier for a French speaking person to get an American Accent than a British one.
    But the fact is that in almost all over the world people are learning British English.
    So many people are more intersting to get a British Accent.

    P.S: My accent is a mixture of American and British English. (LOL)
    But I wanna get both of them.
    Last edited by Lacretstreet; 25-Dec-2009 at 21:07. Reason: grammar


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    #213

    Re: British English or American accent?

    If you'd like to hear various accents, go to this YouTube link:

    h t t p : / / w w w . y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 3 U g p f S p 2 t 6 k

    Her American accents (California, Texas, Seattle, Brooklyn, Charleston, trans-Atlantic) are perfect.

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    #214

    Re: British English or American accent?

    YouTube - 21 Accents



    Now it's a link.

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    #215

    Re: British English or American accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    YouTube - 21 Accents
    Now it's a link.
    Very impressive.

    Ron, how many accents can you do?

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    #216

    Re: British English or American accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Very impressive.

    Ron, how many accents can you do?
    I can talk Southern.


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    #217

    Re: British English or American accent?

    Hi, maybe it's off-topic, but I want to know which of these two radio stations would you recommend me. BBC or CNN?

    CNN Radio
    BBC World Service - Multimedia

    I personally prefer AmE, because it seems to me to be more melodic and natural. I like how "Americans" pronounce words like can't, love, pop, dot, body etc.

    I can't stand the british pronounciation of the word "body".

    For instance: "Touch my body" sounds beautiful in AmE but strange in BrE.
    But it's just my feeling.

    BrE sounds too old fashioned, the rhythm of speech and melody are disharmonic to me and also too speed up or if you want too fast. They don't prolong words into the rhythm of speach like the Americans do. They talk like machine gun da da da da. It's good for grime, but not for country or pop music. But on the other side BrE sounds less provocative :D.

    So, what is your advice? Should I listen to BBC or CNN?

    Personally, I don't like the more commercial feel of CNN and their show-like and provocative style in general. Or should I try NPR or some other US radio?

    On the other hand, I like the more european way of BBC and a little more professional style of BBC.

    So, I don't know. Give me some advice or suggestion. Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by thx0110; 14-Jan-2010 at 23:15.

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    #218

    Re: British English or American accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    Hi, maybe it's off-topic, but I want to know which of these two radio stations would you recommend me. BBC or CNN?

    CNN Radio
    BBC World Service - Multimedia

    I personally prefer AmE, because it seems to me to be more melodic and natural. I like how "Americans" pronounce words like can't, love, pop, dot, body etc.

    I can't stand the british pronounciation of the word "body".

    For instance: "Touch my body" sounds beautiful in AmE but strange in BrE.
    But it's just my feeling.

    BrE sounds too old fashioned, the rhythm of speech and melody are disharmonic to me and also too speed up or if you want too fast. They don't prolong words into the rhythm of speach like the Americans do. They talk like machine gun da da da da. It's good for grime, but not for country or pop music. But on the other side BrE sounds less provocative :D.

    So, what is your advice? Should I listen to BBC or CNN?

    Personally, I don't like the more commercial feel of CNN and their show-like and provocative style in general. Or should I try NPR or some other US radio?

    On the other hand, I like the more european way of BBC and a little more professional style of BBC.

    So, I don't know. Give me some advice or suggestion. Thanks in advance.
    Well, being British, I would obviously recommend the BBC. It is non-commercial and, as you say, more professional.

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    #219

    Re: British English or American accent?

    I believe you should listen to both, CNN and BBC.

    There's also this link.

    Click it and you will have access to many accents.


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    #220

    Re: British English or American accent?

    I'm Dutch and I'm used to speak with an American accent. But I prefer British English. At the moment I improve my British English pronunciation.

    It is also easier for a Dutch speaking person to get an American Accent than a British one.
    Almost every Dutch person learns British English at school. But the pronunciation is mostly 'wrong' because they get their hands on American movies and tv shows.

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