Poll: Which English accent is the most difficult to understand?

Which English accent is the most difficult to understand?

American
British
Australian
New Zealand
Canadian
Indian

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  • Votes: 4,613
  • Comments: 49
  • Added: March 2007

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monte

it was quite funny

Dalriata

Which British accent? There are many, very distinct, British accents.

Brenda

It's true that Indian accent is the most difficult one in the world to understand.

Fabby

In my humble opiniom, I finf the indian accent harder to understand than the others, especially when many of them speak fast, but I must be honest that it's very interesting. Of course, India has many dialects, so it's very hard to say that, and I don't like to stereotype anyone or anything.

FlyingToaster

I'm American, and American English is my native language. I think the Indian English accent is hardest to understand. When talking to people with very thick Indian accents sound, I often have to keep having them repeat what they said, and often I still can't understand what they said.

uaroma

I think british accent is more difficult to hear. I love the accent though.

archid

I find, the British accent is the most difficult to understand. Mainly those who are from other places in England apart from London, difficult to understand while speaking.

whaeve

it's true, im an indian and i can't understnd the indians here in the uk, tbh i cant usderstnd anything tht anyone says here anyways lol, but indains seem to put on a fake *oh im british* accent, and its true. :/

faouzi lazari

Actually,British English has lots of accents,thus to me the most complicated english accent ever is Irish one

John

I think Indians also have a lot of accents and some are way better than others.
Also, we do not come across many accents that are way more difficult to understand. Effecively, we are comparing only British, American, Canadian and Indian accents here.
I have been throughout the world and African, Middle-Eastt and South East Asian (Korea, Japan, China) accents are the most difficult to understand. Further, Australian and New Zealand accents are difficult as well.

apg

I am a native of India. For me American accent is the most difficult to follow. They speak very fast and words are difficult to pick. Indian accent is very slow,unattractive but easily understandable.

HarveyS

Scot's

Chuck Newman

how about Bostonian ?

Larah

I think that New Zealand accents are the hardest. But I feel like the most difficult accents are generally due to how much slang is used. Certain parts of the United States would definitely be difficult to some people. But New Zealand accents are very strong.

kiraat

I am from Nepal. I understand pretty much all accents but find some british people who pronounce less word in some cases. I also find some aussie speaking. Eg "good day mate" is pronounced as " goodai mite". Some might find Indian accent hard to understand because most of they use "nd" at the end of some words say for example "and" is pronounced as "anddu". American they say "blood" as "blad" , "economics " as "econahmics" . Chinese for "think" they say "sink". English is all about stress of sound. Western people say "danyabad" for "dhanyabaadh" because they don't speak from epiglotis very often. By the way the word "dhanyabaadh" is a word from Khas language which is marketed as Nepali which means "thank you"

stop

To be honest its Australian that's hard.The poll is biased

lei

indian is the hardest accent to understand.

american guy

english is my second language and i mastered it completely almost forgetting the language i learned when i was a child. i find british english so hard to understand because some words are not announced with all the bells and whistles the words are suppose to have making it very difficult to decipher. i can't believe indian is the highest i i can understand them perfectly. listen to depak chopra his indian first i thought it was a british accent that i understood then i found out he was indian. maybe he is an indian with an understandable english accent from Britain i don't really know but i understand indian accents just fine. i say after british people it might be american accents i live in california and if i go some places in the USA i would have a difficult time understanding most people. thats how the USA i love it.

IrishRegulus

Hmm, last time I checked the good people of Ireland spoke English, and were probably speaking English before the colonies were established - to be omitted when India is included...that's just insulting (no offence to my Indian friends) Me thinks that someone needy checky geography. Saying the Irish are the same as the British is, well, as insulting to an Irishman and it would be to an Englishman I'd imagine Is the desginer of this poll aware of just how MANY regional dialects exist alone within the U.K alone, nevermind Ireland.

IrishRegulus

Sorry *typo* above should read "as insulting to a Britishman" Apologies to Welsh, Scots and Northern Irish folk

andy

Indian accent is really really hard for me to follow.

Tdol

@IrishRegulus
Yes, I am, but the are only so many options available in the software and we cannot add hundreds of choices. No one's saying that Irish English is the same as British English, but we have a limited list. India's a big place with many speakers. You'd probably have a better case arguing against the inclusion of New Zealand, which has a population closer to Ireland's.

Maruda

I am an Indian, so of course, I don't have difficulty understanding Indian accent. I don't know about other non-native English speakers, but I find all British accents very hard to understand. Also Chinese; I just can't say if they're trying to speak english or chinese.

Bhuvan pulami

India is our neighbour so in my feeling i could not find it would be so.

bhuvan pulami

This is my guess.

Subhankar Zac

I m from India, n I spoke in an Indian accent for many years, But Now i m Learning to talk in irish accent.
Doesnt mean that I m 'putting on a fake accent', It just means that Indian accent is the worst of all english!

Ronald

Interesting Bravo!

Phonz

Hmmm .. from the choices above I would say Indian english accent or Hindu English is so hard to understand comprehensively in Speech and somewhat the way they compose their correspondence thru email. Say like instead of using engage they alter it with "Intimate". Also, the frequent usage of "the same" and "revert". Indians on this thread will normally answer that they do understand Hindu-English, guys are you with us? Not on the list I would say, Chinese is kinda hard to reciprocate. Anyway that's my two cents. By the way, I'm Filipino .. ;o)

hrshrs

penis!

Amir Baseri

I find AmE accent a little bit to noisy if you believe! Well , it's full of r-r-r-r..! I am myself a Persian , learning BrE for 5 years and I just love the accent and also , I understand it much better.

Kham1r

Love the annoying AmE accent :)

john

This poll is idiotic, how can you put an Indian person speaking English in the poll. If that's part of the criteria then you have to put in Japanese people speaking English, Italian people speaking English, French, French Canadian. These are eccents fron other countries.

david

This kind of poll will be very subjective. I am indonesian. we understand better english which is more roundly pronounced. Russian is the easiest to understand to us, beside Indonesian English of course. Russian is very good at saying R sound. they can vibrate their tounge somehow perfectly like we Indonesian do. Oriental English like chinese and korean is the hardest to understand because they use no R. AARRR will be sounded AALLL by korean and chinese..

kanishk

Good God!
Indian accent? Hard? Really? :/
Indian Accent is very easily understood rather. A very good example is 'Dr. Rajesh Koothrapalli' from the show 'The Big Bang Theory'
It's only his accent which is way too clear and might I say cuter than others'. Almost every Indian has that type of accent and I think it isn't hard to decipher it, not even in the slightest.
On the contrary, British accent is way too fast and unclear, consequently it's hard to pick up the words sometimes. The accent isn't difficult but understanding it, by others, obviously, is difficult. I am quite au fait with American accent now but still facing little difficulties to decipher all the intricacies of it, it's slangs, for instance. But its just because I am not a native American.

Ritesh

You kidding me? India has got a billion indian accent varying from north to south to east.north indian accent is the coolest n easy to understand n South Indian is the worst.i think American is the coolest accent n British n australian is the worst of all.

divine

I guess it is because of their rate of speech and tone.. I am a call center agent and I get a lot of Indian callers.. The challenge for me is when I my caller tends to speak so fast and they're still using their native tone.. If they could just enunciate and speak clearly.. :) And also, i guess the reason why Indian English is difficult to understand is because their secondary language influence is British english which we also know is a bit challenging especially when it comes to their pumping "t" and rolling "r"s.. :)

Sean

I am from the Northern most state outside of Alaska. The natives called it "land of sky blue water".
Iowa is the supposed place of a universally understood by any English speaker.I speak a hybrid of Iowa and Minnesota. I have never had difficulty being understood with people with other English accents.

Joshi

I think highly educated people from cities like Delhi and Mumbai have accent near to standard British accent. For Indians, I think it's hard to understand when a south Indian speaks English.

fred masafwa

.... My point of vew....
Hello, my name's Fred form DR Congo.
Sorry for those who voted for Indian English 'cause i got opportunity to work together with'em even if i'm an African but i was able to understand'em clearly. But both British and American it was a liltle bit difficult for me 'cause they are so fast and they always used breack words... that's why it makes their accent difficult to understand.

Atanu

Actually I voted for British because there wasn't any option for all the British accents... there are a lot of different British accents and I had a hard time understanding a few ! But I find South Indian English accents really difficult... I am an Indian and I speak American accent and so its the easiest for me.

But I must admit that I love to listen to the British accent.. its really sweet.

Australian

Ritesh, learn proper English first then comment. You found South Indian English is worst? funny! Australian English is toughest among all. I don't know why Indian English got these many votes! Indian English largely depends on mother tongue of speaker. But most of the educated people speaks neutral English.

Moni

You can't talk about a country's accent as accents change a lot within one country. I normally find American accent quite easy to understand until you hear Southern accent or Ebonics. The same thing with British accent, there's a huge difference between RP and Yorkshire or Newcastle accent. In any case, I think Newfoundland accent has got to be the hardest...

A-Arhman

indian english very difficult to understand becuse i have learn english then i have learn indian accent english , like what i suvering from my boss

Deepak

I am an indian however I agree with the poll that indian accent is hardest of all, to me reason is Rate Of Speech. E.g. Rolling "r" is not a big issue as Americans understand are used to it because of there close relations to maxio. I love southern US accent. New Jersey has the best accent and when girls especially blacks get loud who wanna hear them.lol

Gpl

I am Indian and now go to American Accent training. I find that there are 4 or 5 things that ALL of us consistently do differently than Americans, Sounding the letter R, Intonation, flap "T" to name a few....Phonics is taught differently to my kids in the USA than we learnt growing up ...

sachin

The poll is really not correct. Indians finds Accent of English speaking difficult and vice versa. The reason is here in India we have taught that different accent. I personally like American accent because I love Hollywood movies. But watch Hollywood movies with subs. I think herevthey must follow at least UK accent if not American.

robin

I became surprised to see the poll result. Indian English accent is not tough to be. But British accent is really tough to understand. Because I think British peoples don't follow their own rule of pronunciation.
At the same time they don't make their accent easier or standard when they talk to foreigners. They think that, foreigners will understand their accent. !!!!!

Jazziel

why is indian accent competing against native accents?, anyways I can understand many non-native accents but indian accent is just too damn hard

Chardonnay

I'm a kiwi and I don't think our accent is hard to understand we have a range of slang words but the accent you really need to understand is the Rural Maori. Like if you watch Jono and Ben on Graham Norton they're not that hard to understand. What I think is difficult is the intimation, WE! And I repeat, WE DO NOT sound like AUSTRALIAN'S, there is a distinct difference where they say Gidday we say Sup.

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