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    Is it true that America used to speak British accent prior to 4th July,1776? What made you people change the British English to American post 1776? I mean the British accent is absoluely fine and it is used thoughout the UK and amongst various accents and dialects in UK the English accent is the finest of all, the one that we know as Received Pronuncation or BBCEnglish. Why did not America follow the RP or BBC English? I still donít have answer for this.

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    speaking to american accent is a lot easier than british for english learners and also americans are relaxed people as their presidant apears in public with a t-shirt while british cinsider this rude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by britdam007 View Post
    Is it true that America used to speak British accent prior to 4th July,1776?
    Before that date, there were many accents in both Britain and the colonies. There still are.
    What made you people change the British English to American post 1776?
    Accents, and grammar, on both sides of the Atlantic have changed since then.
    I mean the British accent is absolutely fine and it is used thoughout the UK
    A number of British accents are heard throughout the United Kingdom.
    and amongst various accents and dialects in UK the English accent is the finest of all,
    That is just your opinion. In any case, there are many accents within England itself.
    the one that we know as Received Pronunciation or BBC English.
    That is just one accent among many. Because it happened to be the accent of many people in positions of power when the BBC started broadcasting, it became the accent with the most prestige for many years.
    Why did not America follow the RP or BBC English?
    Why on earth should Americans copy one English dialect? Even within the United Kingdom it is a minority dialect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by death View Post
    speaking to american accent is a lot easier than british for english learners and also americans are relaxed people as their presidant apears in public with a t-shirt while british cinsider this rude.
    Your profile says that you are an English teacher. Please use correct capitalisation, prepositions and spelling in your posts. Learners believe that what is posted here by teachers is correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Before that date, there were many accents in both Britain and the colonies. There still are.Accents, and grammar, on both sides of the Atlantic have changed since then.A number of British accents are heard throughout the United Kingdom.That is just your opinion. In any case, there are many accents within England itself.That is just one accent among many. Because it happened to be the accent of many people in positions of power when the BBC started broadcasting, it became the accent with the most prestige for many years. Why on earth should Americans copy one English dialect? Even within the United Kingdom it is a minority dialect.
    Really learned a lot with your reply. Thanks for this...

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    hi.. accent is most flexible for the speaking any languages in this accent to totally based on the practice.
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