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  • It's sexy and exact and proper.
  • I suppose that most Americans would say that there isn't an American accent because their accent depends upon which part of the United States they originate from and so they have a Boston accent, a New York accent, a southern accent, etc. In the same way there isn't a British accent, just a variety of regional accents. However, most people from the south of England couldn't differentiate between a Lancashire and a Yorkshire accent, so they're both just a 'northern' accent to them. In the same way we British don't recognise a lot of the regional variations between Americans and so call their accent American and they don't recognise our regional variations and so call our accent British.
  • I think that when we grow up somewhere, it's difficult to hear those vocal qualities that make up our own accent. So it's not surprising to me that British people don't really hear a British accent (or rather, that while they hear distinct regional accents, they don't hear one general sound for the whole area). Americans are the same way, I feel. When I hear a British actor do an American accent, I'm very impressed because I don't hear anything that makes our accent stand out. But I'm sure you guys do. What I, at least, like about the British accent is the pronunciation. It tends to be much more crisp than American speech; the individual letters stand out more.
  • Everybody has an accent. An accent is simply a distinctive way of pronouncing words (mostly the vowel sounds). I studied accents (Scottish, Cornish, and Cockney for English) in college as part of Voice and Diction (as well as written English and Language Arts), and I can clearly say that it is impossible to speak without an accent.
  • take a look at US history and where we orginated from which is the UK , we were the out casts and recently i was correct on this by my mother, we are the ones with the accent but everybody speaks differently so it not just the british its everybody who has one. weather they know it or not.
  • I believe most people find the "proper" English accent attractive, while many regional British accents are not. For example, most British TV and movie stars have attractive accents, because they are skilled at elocution. But if Americans watch some BBC documentary or newscast with typical "man on the street" accounts of some event, they won't necessarily find that accent attractive. They might not even understand what they are saying.
  • I mean what people would call a "posh" accent, not cockney or charver or Geordie or anything like that. And for me it's the association with the British posh stereotype.
  • "A cut glass English accent can fool unsuspecting Americans into detecting a "brilliance that isn't there", says Stephen Fry. So is a British accent....Any Brit crossing the Atlantic will have heard that line many times. Like the rest of us, Americans are rarely immune to the charms of an accent different from their own". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6470095.stm How to Speak in a British Accent Trying to speak in a British accent is not really easy. Along with the accent are mannerisms that go along with the English themselves. There are many different accents, depending on the area of England that one lives, which makes it even harder to pick up their accent. http://www.wikihow.com/Speak-in-a-British-Accent Stroke gives woman British accent An American woman has been left with a British accent after having a stroke. This is despite the fact that Tiffany Roberts, 61, has never been to Britain. Her accent is a mixture of English cockney and West Country. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3235934.stm British Accent - American Accent Learn a British Accent and Be Better Understood http://www.speakmoreclearly.com/downloadbritishaccent http://www.englishforums.com/English/BritishAccentSpeakBritishAccent/jjdc/Post.htm Who doesn’t appreciate a well-faked British accent? http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/how_to/the_nonexpert_accents.php People of India can clearly recognize the two accents as different.
  • To me who knows a little more about it than normal, only a little, but most American Anglophiles are sadly ignorant about it.
  • Acutally Americans are the ones with accents since English came from England. We consider anything other than what we hear all the time to be an accent. Even different regions of the U.S. have accents. We can tell if someone is from the south or the east U.S. for example as I'm sure it is with other countries. British "accents" usually sound intelligent to U.S. people. French accents sound romantic, etc.
  • Anybody who speaks the same language as you but says words differently than what you're used to hearing and saying has an accent. It's all relative.
  • Everything just sounds so proper with a British accent. I especially like some of the terms you use...My favourite is the word "fancy", as in "I really fancy that boy". It's adorable :)
  • Great question, I've noticed that too. Anyone who lives in Britain or even visits Britain ever so often knows there isn't a typical 'British' accent. The differences between accents in England, Wales and Scotland vary immensely. These accents also vary greatly within each home-nation. I was often puzzled when Americans refer to a 'British' accent and worked out a while ago that this is a standard term for the upper class English 'toff' kind of accent (Stephen Fry-esque). This is only spoken by a tiny minority of British people yet it has earned this title, which is quite interesting. An 'English' accent would be more accurate but still off the mark in a sense. Now, I know I would find it extremely difficult to distinguish between a New York accent and a Texas accent (although I could perhaps give a decent guess based on the southern drawl being more obvious). For this reason I think us Brits who know there really isn't a 'British' accent should give some slack to those who don't realise or recognise this. Hopefully some Americans reading this will learn that they don't love 'the' British accent, they love A British accent (although they could also love most, some or all British accentS).
  • I don't think there is such a thing as a "British accent." I think that what a lot of Americans (I am one of them) think of as a "British accent" is probably a southern English accent. I have noticed that the further north, the more "choppy" the accent. It becomes more and more difficult for some Americans to understand.
  • I love a British Accent - The swear words are great - plus I love it when I hear a beautiful women say the word 'brilliant' - couldn't tell you why though! Cheers - (there I go adopting the accent)
  • I can not say I like more "British accent", considering some encounters I had with some of the Brits. I like those people with good manners regardless of their accent.
  • we should send more brummie people to america and see if they find their accents sweet or adorable cos i bloody dont if there were ever an accent to make u wanna slit ur wrists then thats the one.......thinks about putting this to gordon brown to make all british soldiers brummies
  • Provided we can understand them (I watched "Gosford Park" last night for the 4th time and still can't make out about 1/4 of the dialogue)we tend to like the more refined accent and abhor the "street" accents, which, I think the Brits would be surprised to know (as they seem convinced we love any and all Brit accents, which isn't the case), are grating to our ears. I think, if you were to ask most Americans, they would tend to like the Scottish accent best (so soft and musical), but many Americans prefer the Aussie accent over any of the British ones. It's more earthy and sexy.
  • Oh yes there is a typical British accent that is very distinguished and very cute. If you listen to an average American and average British person you can recognize the difference right away. LOL
  • Even though other british people can tell the difference between their accents, many others can't.. It all kind of sounds the same to them, so they just lump them all in to a pile and say they like all of them

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