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    Default Transatlantic accent

    I am not a English native speaker. A couple of days ago, I was told by my friend, who is British, that I had picked up a transatlantic accent. To my understanding, this is some accent in the middle of the British accent and the American one.

    I am wondering if anyone has ever heard about this accent before. And is that a good thing to have?

    Any comments from English native speakers are very welcome. How do you like when you talk to someone holding such an accent?

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    Default Re: Transatlantic accent

    I'm not an expert on phonology at all, but I know such an accent, also called "mid-Atlantic English" exists or existed. Apparently it or something like it was used in the early days of Hollywood talkies.

    Mid-Atlantic English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    I think he means you picked up a bit of an American accent.

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    Default Re: Transatlantic accent

    One way the term can be used in the UK is for a British English speaker who uses some American sounds, the way many singers do.

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    Default Re: Transatlantic accent

    It's a kind of neutral accent, which sounds halfway between British and American English. Mid-Atlantic English, also known as the trans-Atlantic accent, describes a cultivated or acquired version of the English language and does not represent the typical idiom of any location. ref: Neutralaccent.com Voices 24/7 | An accent the world understands

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    Default Re: Transatlantic accent

    I agree with Tdol and susiedqq. The actual Transatlantic English accent was popular in the mid-20th century. It is a very distinct accent if you hear it and isn't a real accent - that is, no one speaks it naturally. It is taught.

    So, your friend probably means that you are saying things both with British and American pronunciations.

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    Default Re: Transatlantic accent

    "Mid-Atlantic" I would understand to mean traces of both American and British usage/accent.

    "Trans-Atlantic" would indicate that an American pronunciation/accent is stronger.

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    Default Re: Transatlantic accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "Mid-Atlantic" I would understand to mean traces of both American and British usage/accent.

    "Trans-Atlantic" would indicate that an American pronunciation/accent is stronger.

    But there are so many "American" regional accents. Someone from Boston sounds very different from someone from Texas, so what is an American accent?

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    Default Re: Transatlantic accent

    To most people, a flat "a", slurring of consonants, different rhythm to the spoken word - particularly in terms of stresses. It is not necessary to look for specific accents, but to consider the overall difference in sound. To some an American accent is a richer sound than an English one.

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