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    Arrow How to distinguish between American and English accent?

    Dear teacher!
    I have been studying English for many years but until now I don't know how to distinguish between 2 kinds of accent: American and English. Many friends of mine can distinguish well and when hearing native speakers say, my friends can know what accent is. But I can't. Can you help me with this problem?

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    Default Re: How to distinguish between American and English accent?

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    The "r" , "a" sometimes "o" and "i" are all spoken differently. Take go, can-can't, there, here, direct for example. Plus, there's vocabulary, some subtleties in structure, idioms.

    It's so obvious when you get the hang of english language.

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    Default Re: How to distinguish between American and English accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by chuotyeumeo367 View Post
    Dear teacher!
    I have been studying English for many years but until now I don't know how to distinguish between 2 kinds of accent: American and English. Many friends of mine can distinguish well and when hearing native speakers say, my friends can know what accent is. But I can't. Can you help me with this problem?
    Simply listen to both peoples. Also try dictionaries which tell both American and British accents. You'll soon be able to distinguish between these two. Try this
    Thefreedictionary
    Dawood

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    Default Re: How to distinguish between American and English accent?

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    I recently found a difference that you may like to get to know

    though I'm not sure, I found out that the british accent is more musical than American

    in fact, speaking 2 years in American accent has brought me no such musical accent

    but as I talk to british people, I find out that there is a particular rhythm that has made this accent superior to american.

    indeed, those differences that the friends mentioned in the above posts are related to pronunciation differences but they were asked to state the differences in these two accents.

    I'd like to know the experts' openion about my guess

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    Default Re: How to distinguish between American and English accent?

    See if you can tell the difference in this clip where Martin (the older man) first speaks in an American accent, then imitates Daphne's British accent, then goes back to American English.


    In this clip, the man in the baseball cap is speaking with an American accent, and the other gentleman is using a British accent. Aside from some pronunciation differences (notice near the end the American says "louder" while the Brit says "loudah"), the British speaker has a slightly different cadence and tone than the American. Some British speakers almost seem to "sing" their words when compared to the blunt presentation of American English.

    One last example. The Brady family speaks (of course) American English, while Davy Jones (who was born in Manchester) has a distinct British accent. Note Davy's very British pronunciation of the word "letter," which differs from the AmE pronunciation ("ledder"). Also he pronounces "prom" as "pruhm" while Marcia uses the American pronunciation "prahm."


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    Default Re: How to distinguish between American and English accent?

    But I also heard that Americans speak more musical than the British. Most British speak flat sentences and intonation, is it right?

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    Musicality is subjective and both countries have a variety of accents; it's a matter of taste and preference rather than fact.

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