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    Red face What is the best American accent?

    Hello all! I want to hire a teacher (American) to begin to speak like a native speaker. Which accent is better?
    - New york (I wanted to have this accent)
    - Southern (I'm trying to avoid it!)
    - Midwestern (I don't know)
    - Northern (I may want to have this accent)
    - Texas (No)
    - California (I don't know)
    - Boston (I don't know)
    - General (I may want to have this accent)
    So what do you recommend? (Substantiate please) And please don't say "don't worry about your accent". Thanks!
    P.S. I don't have a strong accent!

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    Re: What is the best American accent?

    This is totally subjective and a bit tongue-in-cheek: I think the possessors of the best American accent are native English speaking Canadians.

    Percy
    Last edited by PHenry1026; 01-Jun-2014 at 02:07.

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    Re: What is the best American accent?

    It's entirely subjective. Within New York there are four or five accents. At least. Most of California is a "general" accent. Much of New York is a "general" accent. Much of the Midwest is a "general" accent. I'm not sure what "northern" means to you.

    I certainly would not strive to have a marked regional accent, like the Bronx or Boston or Minnesota or New Orleans (though you ruled out Southern).

    Aim for northern California - it's very "unmarked" and will be understood most easily.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What is the best American accent?

    Thank you for the replies! I think I'll go with a general accent. By the way, what does she sound like? Is her accent Southern? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3g51xfopIE

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    Re: What is the best American accent?

    No
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What is the best American accent?

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    But she's from Florida. How so?

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    Re: What is the best American accent?

    Only parts of Florida have a "southern" accent. Much of Florida had a neutral accent. And many, many people in Florida are not from Florida. She does not have a southern accent.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What is the best American accent?

    My sister and her husband, for example.

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    Re: What is the best American accent?

    What do you mean?

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    Re: What is the best American accent?

    I also watch cartoons like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfepFpOPGSc (For practice) So I wonder which accent do they have? I don't want to speak with a mixed accent. Thanks!

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