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    British English or American accent?

    I am a student in China. Because of the Hollywood movies, American songs and much more frequent contact with US than that of UK, American accent seems more popular.

    However, the college teachers suggest that British accent is more acceptable in the world, especially in the world outside US. Is it true?

    I want to know how would UKers react to American accent speaking callers and vice versa.

    Do Americans like British accent on the phone when it is a sales call, for example?

    I want opinions from only native English speakers, mainly UK and US citizens. Please state your nationality and your feelings about the accents.

    Thanks.

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    One accent should not be regarded as being better than another.

    One accent is not more acceptable than the other.

    Generally speaking, people whose first language is English appreciate the different speaking styles that English speakers from different English speaking countries have. I don't think anyone can say that he or she doesn't like the way an American sounds or a British accent sounds.

    Keep in mind also that there are Australian accents, Scottish accents, Irish accents, South African accents, New Zealand accents etc. There are many types of "accents" in the English language. One is not better than the other. The main focus is usually on American and British Accents.

    Most people whose second language is English have an accent, but it is usually their own accent.

    Unless someone is living in an English speaking country, it would be very difficult to not speak with an accent.

    Speak in the way that you feel the most comfortable with. The most important thing is correct pronunciation and that people understand you when you speak.


    I'm from the U.S.

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    Re: British English or American accent?

    I sincerely dont think Americans speak English the way its supposed to be,
    am mean words galore like "wanna", "kinda" and a tone load of modifications to English words that dont belong to the dictionary means thats not rightful English and to say others have an accent is wrong.

    Besides Americans have most of their ancestory from the Brits, and since precolonial times other countries have caught up with English only as a colonial language

    So why not speak like the rest of the world America??

    I am from India, but live in USA

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    I'm with you vivekvaradarajan! now keep your head down!!

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    Re: British English or American accent?

    We colonials took the language and made it our own. Accents are all over the place. The Brits certainly have accents, but there are also American accents: Southern, New England, New York.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    We colonials took the language and made it our own. Accents are all over the place. The Brits certainly have accents, but there are also American accents: Southern, New England, New York.

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    Hey RonBee, you didn't 'take' the language, it was a gift.

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    Speak in the way that you feel the most comfortable with. The most important thing is correct pronunciation and that people understand you when you speak.
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    I totally agree

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    Re: British English or American accent?

    American influence (movies, music etc.) has made American accent most comprehensible to me. However it's more comfortable for me to pronounce words the way British do. Maybe it has something to do with my Russian. I can't decide which way to go in developing my talking skills...

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    correct pronunciation ,Speak in the way that you feel the most comfortable with. and

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    However, there are certainly issues to do with pronunciation that would make the difference between being acceptable or not.
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