takeOriginally Posted by Calvin
Who says he really is? :wink: Children are often used in the media to get people's attention, most of the time succesfully and going by the speed of your response once again succesfully...It's a bussinessOriginally Posted by tdol
takeOriginally Posted by Calvin
or get :?Originally Posted by Ibeke
In Belgium they are very clear about American: it sounds lazy, not too bright and very nasal (just quoting :wink: ). Most of the people here give preference to BE.Originally Posted by yulia
Hey, it sounds as you don't fancy AE at ll, or maybe it onle seemed to me. Anyway, as I've mentioned above, I fancy BE as well, it's just that as a matter of fact I speak just this way so what?Originally Posted by Ibeke
BTW, thanks for your info. if I ever happen to be in Belgium, I'll try my best to get prepared to speak BE to please ya'll.
P.S. I wonder, :wink: what does RonBee think about this?
It's called language attitudes. Many people think that when Arab's spoken it sounds like two people quarelling when they are just having a normal conversation...It's a perception, who says it's true? Same goes for American.Originally Posted by yulia
Well, I think everybody has his (or her) prejudices. I guess you could say I am prejudiced in favor of AE, because I am an American, but that probably wouldn't really be accurate. I don't feel that a person is either more or less intelligent or more or less educated because he or she has a British accent. You cannot tell a book by its cover.Originally Posted by yulia
I agree :)Originally Posted by RonBee
I rather prefer an Irish accent myself. :) Though I can't say I really prefer one over the other.
I think that the... fascination, I guess... with other languages is really just the greener grass on the other side. :wink:
I went to visit my cousins, who live in the U.S, (I'm in Canada, eh!) and they didn't seem to have a different accent from me. They did say things differently though. Like soda instead of pop (weird) and candy bars instead of chocolate bars (even weirder), but that's really all. I did notice an accent in New York, though. I like that accent :D
But then, I like Canadian accents too. I think they just remind me of home.
At work, we have a French guy, and a British gal, and a Newfie! The Newfie (Newfoundlander, if you don't know, and no offence meant) doesn't have much of an accent, but she is a little nasally, I noticed. The French guy has a really thick Quebec accent. (A little different from the France accent that comes to my mind when I think French accent) And lastly, the British gal has a northern accent, I think she said. I like her accent too. :D
Now, I have to say this. Don't you think that saying one accent is better than another is really a kind of racism? Sure, people have their own opinions, but that's all they are. They don't have any right to say one accent is better than another. You can say one person is easier to understand than another, but that has nothing to do accent. Just on grammar and how well they enunciate.
I mean, if someone has a really really thick accent and is trying to speak English, (and vice-versa with any other language, I would think) then you can say they're hard to understand because of their accent. But that doesn't mean one is better than the other.
Someone here said (can't remember who, sorry! And I haven't figured out how to go back to find out who it was) that the accent you use depends on the business you want to do.
I don't agree with that exactly, I mean, yes, you want to be able to be understood in business. But so long as you speak clearly and with good grammar, I really don't think it would matter what kind of accent you had. Or have. Whichever you prefer.
I'm from the US, and I'm not sure if it's just because I was born here, but I would rather listen to any accent so long as it isn't an American one. I just think it's so blan! If you put two guys next to eachother who looked exactly alike and were exactly alike in every aspect except for their accents (One American, and one British or anything else) I would choose the Brit in a heartbeat. Not sure about everyone else though. I also do a very natural sounding British accent just for fun sometimes, and the only real difference I hear are the vowels. :wink: Because I understand the accent so well, and watch the BBC constantly, I have no problem understanding it and other accents, although my parents have major problems with it. I guess it's all about what you're raised with!