Can British People Fake An American Accent?
Of course. There are certain languages that make a person more adequate to do other languages accents but yes they can. Take the example of Hugh Laurie. He is the actor that plays Dr. House in the homonym show. He's British. You can also check his British accent in the Stuart Little movies. He plays the father. It's hard but possible.
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Answer: . YESS!. Long Answer: . If you have a family which has a British sounding accent and you have picked it up even though you were not born from the native country, you should be proud to have it. It is a rare position to be born in a country and have an accent different to many other pe…ople.. Try to think of it as a unique thing than " against the norm ". (MORE)
Answer. I really don't think you could fool the British but you could always try. Get some British flicks like the old Harry Potter movies and try saying the words they say, and record yourself. You could choose a specific part of Britain, every city has its own accent. Choose one and study it.
As an American living in London it is quite easy to get a british accent (or fake one) you can either take speech classes with a british teacher or go live in England for a while and see the accent.
Originally, both the British and Americans spoke with a rhotic accent. Rhotic essentially means an accent where the letter 'r' is pronounced strongly after a vowel. Rhotic accents are strong in both the US and Scotland, but seem to have disappeared from British English and its derivatives, such …as Australian and New Zealand English. The dominant American accent (the typical accent of the mid-western US) is rhotic, and British English is, as a rule, non-rhotic. Typically, US speakers pronounce every "r", wherever they appear in a word. Most British speakers (and you will note that there are some British Isle accents that are strongly rhotic, like US) do not pronounce every "r". Americans emphasise the "r" at the end of words such as "teach er " or "neigh bour ", but in many non-rhotic British accents it is more of a "schwa" (an unstressed, neutral, toneless vowel sound) so it comes out as "teacha" (unstressed) or "neighba". This main difference also varies across the country of origin. For example, the US has a clear distinction in the accents between inhabitants of the north and south, not to mention less clearly defined differences across the states. Similarly, British people have a different accent according to their locality. The "cockney" accent is vastly different to the middle and upper class accents. Another common difference appears to be that Americans pronounce words such as 'herbal' without the 'h'. Syllables may be stressed differently, too. "Oregano" in the US tends to be pronounced "o - reg - a - no" whereas in British English it is more likely to be "o - reg - AH - no". (MORE)
Johnny Depp! He's from Kentucky! (He can also do a great Scottish or Irish or something like that!). Johnny Deep! He was born in Kentucky! So he has the best accent! (He also does a wicked awesome Scottish accent!)
It's a complex issue, not easily explained in print, rather than with vocal examples, but here's a start. Accents show up largely in (1) the rhythms and tempo of speech; (2) voice quality; (3) the "melody" of speech, the musical pitches, a feature known as "intonation." First the matter of intonati…on. If you speak English, then you know that your voice goes up in pitch for a question and down for a statement. Such patterns of intonation occur not only at the end of a sentence but all the way through our speech, and they differ from language to language and dialect to dialect. Because singing forces the melody pattern to comply with the music, the nuances of intonation disappear. Next, voice quality, a second marker of accent. Singers tend to use a voice that accommodates musical skills rather than the voice qualities characteristic of a language or a dialect. Therefore, the vocal marker of a language or a dialect is masked, or even lost. Finally rhythms. As with voice quality and intonation, the rhythms and tempo are dictated by the music, and in singing, those markers are entirely lost. Note that some cultures have music that matches and reflects their spoken rhythms, their intonation patterns, and their voice qualities. But a Brit singing "Western" music will lose the identifying markers of accent. Punks don't. (MORE)
Yes. English speaking Welsh people tend to have a slightly different accent from natural Welsh speakers and both are different from other accents in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Because, the accent makes Brits sound weak and midget like. Ialways thought as a child, Brits were people with special needs,because of the way they talked.
I am trying to fake an English accent for work so how would 'here's your change' or 'how can I help you' be pronounced differently from an American accent?
Depending on which British accent you're trying for, this can be a complex question. If you're doing it for an American audience, I wouldn't worry too much about it, though. The most common 'faked' British accent often "Drops" H-sounds, ie: " How cahn i hep yo?" or " 'ere's yer chahnge" There are t…wo significant differences between 'standard' South-East English and American English - the vowel sounds and the length of the words. In British English words tend to be separated a bit more than in US English (if I was talking to a musician I would say that British English words are staccato while US English words are tenuto). The vowel sounds in English are shorter and I would suggest practising by doing the following: Open your mouth with your jaw as far down as it will go, stretching your mouth vertically (try not to let the muscles pull the sides of your mouth out to the sides) and make this sound: 'a' 'a' 'a' (not 'ay', 'ai' or 'ae') - make the sound short and 'punchy', then try 'how can' as 'haw can' 'haw can' 'haw can', then add i help you, There is a movement in I as it consists of an 'i' followed by a 'y' sound, but with 'help' and 'you' keep the vowels short and just one sound, like you did with the 'a' in 'can'. (If I, as a British Englsih speaker want to put on an American accent, I make a smiling movement where I stretch my mouth sideways on the vowels, and I don't move my jaw down as far as I would normally - to do a British accent I'm suggesting that you do the opposite.) But as the person above says, an American audience probably wouldn't notice, and if they do, you can always ask them for feedback and suggestions on how you could improve. See the link below for some handy tips and pointers. Also, the R sound isn't pronounced in British English unless it's at the beginning of a word or followed by a vowel sound, for example Law and Lore are pronounced the same here. In your example, the word "here's" (because the R is immediately followed by an S sound) is pronounced something like "hee-yuz" (but say it quickly) (MORE)
this is a crazy notion that just is not true!! Americans do not hate anyone or any one nation! sometimes nations do have differences even the USA and Canada, but that is like good friends that have a difference of opinion.
I recommend spending time with people of that particular nation or watching movies that have people with exaggerated languages ie Harry Potter, Snatch.
i doubt it. i dont think the director would do that to people but i think that there is not really any time to audition anymore considering that we r up to the 6th movie. then its just part 1 and 2 and its over so.... its pretty hopeless. you dont need the accent i dont think.
Why do Australian and British actors easily adopt American accents but American actors cannot do British or Australian accents?
Regarding just the Australian accent: Linguists and scientists have studied the Australian accent, and come to the conclusion that it is almost impossible to reproduce accurately. Its many inflections, use of "schwa", and mix of influences on its origins have made it a completely unique accent.
If you mean what things American and british people have different names for: British - American Bin = trash can rubbish = trash Crisps = chips chips = fries (i think) (car) bonnet = hood Jelly = jello footpath = sidewalk plaster = band aid trainers = sneakers (i think) shoppin…g centre = mall Boot = trunk Car park = parking lot lorry = truck motorway = freeway / highway these are just a few. hope it helped :) (MORE)
Having a proper accent coach or Speech-Language Pathologist will be ideal in this situation. They can listen to your speech, assess the differences in the sounds, grammar, and coach you how to change it. This requires a lot of practice and awareness. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist, and I have wo…rked with people who want to change their accents. (MORE)
Americans do, in fact, have accents; just not to other Americans from the same area. If you sound different in dialect to someone else, and pronounce words differently than others, then it's likely you have an accent; in this case, everyone in the world has an accent.
American people can really be anyone as long as they've resided in the state for 5 years and have passed a test to get their citizenship. The Americans' origins ( Europeans ) are primarily from the British empire.
Because we over-enunciate everything! Same language, just sounds slightly snobbier! An alternative perspective from a(nother) Brit: Except of course for those of us with regional accents who drop our "aitches" and sound not in the slightest bit posh or snobby! However I think that's the point, the …small but important differences that make varying accents interesting and appealing. See the links for a bit of a compare and contrast exercise (links to Youtube videos): 1. Hugh Laurie (Eton and Cambridge educated posh accent) and Ellen Degeneres. 2 & 3. Fred Dibnah (Lancashire Bolton accent - chosen primarily because it shows the diversity of British accents especially when compared to Hugh Laurie) climbing an old mill chimney and felling one. People obsessed with health and safety at work and personnel protective equipment may find they want to hold their head in their hands and rock slowly backwards and forwards while watching the Fred Dibnah videos as there are no hard hats in evidence, no high vis, no safety harness / rope, no secure cordon and no siren to warn of the impending chimney collapse. He does however have a whistle, a flat cap and a fence post to lean on less than 30 feet from the base of the chimney... (MORE)
Of those two, it is closer to the British, but the Kiwi accent has evolved quite a way apart from there so as to be a completely different accent; it is closer to the Australian accent than either American or British.
Yes. We hear our own regional accents easily, usually by how nasal our vowel sounds are. I understand that when trying for an American accent, most people lock onto the southern accent, but this is the extreme. If you want to see a Brit doing a perfect American accent, watch Hugh Laurie in the TV se…ries "House". (MORE)
Some do, some don't it's their opinion.. I'm Britsh, i love the Amerian accent, it's so cool.
Generally speaking they do as they have much in common. Of course, as with any nation there will be some that do and some that do not.
How did Americans australians new zelanders canadians and south africans get their accent if they were decendants from british people?
All of these countries were colonized by British people from different regions of Britain, not to mention to earlier populations and immigrants from other countries. Not all people in Britain speak with the same accent--RP, what most people outside of Britain think of as a "British accent" is actual…ly spoken by a very small number of people. Based on the political and social climate of the British Isles, people from different regions would be more likely to emigrate to one place or another. The English spoken in all of the countries you mentioned was also influenced by the accents of the people who came in from countries other than Britain as they learned English, and you can't discount the words and accents borrowed from the native inhabitants of each of the former British colonies. (MORE)
I think maybe because it is just different and rare to hear, I live in a small village in northern US and I've only talked to about two people with a British accent while not traveling. Personally I think they are just more attractive than American accents, I'm not sure if it is because I'm American…, but they can be more distinguished or sexy depending on the accent. Plus Hollywood really romanticises British accents, usually a British man would be the "white knight" or the attractive love interest in a Romantic comedy. (MORE)
In the show Monica's and Phoebe's phony British friends was called Amanda Buffamonteezi who was played by Jennifer Coolidge
Oddly enough, they came here with it. American English derives from 17th Century English speech. Within a few generations, English pronunciation had changed significantly in England, but being very conservative like all transplanted linguistic communities, the English in America retained the old pro…nunciations and forms that were becoming extinct in the Mother Country. (MORE)
No. We go around using our own accents, I personally go around with an North Eastern English accent
Americans like every one else picks up on how words are pronounced from those around them at a very young age. And just like other countries, it differs within the country itself for the same reasons.
The British accent was the original although accents slowly change with time. It is interesting to note, however, that the original British accent was more like the modern-day American accent, and research has shown that it is the British accent which has evolved more since colonisation of North …America. Originally, both the British and Americans spoke with a rhotic accent. Rhotic essentially means an accent where the letter 'r' is pronounced strongly after a vowel. Rhotic accents are strong in both the US and Scotland, but seem to have disappeared from British English and its derivatives, such as Australian and New Zealand English. . (MORE)
Personally, I love the British accent and wish that I could hear it all of the time. No certain part of Britain has an accent that bothers me. Every American will have a different opinion and remember Britain has a huge range of different accents.
I don't see why they don't. The British DID colonize America, and Canada! The Australians and New Zealanders got them. Why? MY ANSWER: America had a huge influx of non-British people, especially after the war of Independence. And I'm sure that since we did REBEL from Britain, a British accent… and British mannerisms in general would not have made you popular. I suspect that Australians had a predominantly British immigrant population until late in the 20th century. They had restrictive immigration policies. I'm going to keep the other answer so I can answer it too. Here's the thing about accents: I'm Portuguese so I can give you my word of knowledge. I learned English at school but I didn't learn the English accent, or any other accents, you have, for example the Texan accent, but the way you say it doesn't make a language. Now, to answer the answer, I hope you're not American, because if you are you need to go to school. There was an influx, like you said, of non-British, but not after any war. I'm not sure if by this you are talking about the independence from England, if you are you're right, but there was no war, or if you talking about the civil war which would be incorrect. Secondly, about Australia, until the 20th Century it was more of a prison. Some Americans were sent there for breaking the law. They were excommunicated, so it's accent over accent. (MORE)
If I am an American will my voice start sounding like a British accent after living around British people all the time?
After a while, it will sound a little British to your American friends when you return home, but you will still sound American to British ears.
Most British think the 'American accent' is a little odd. I have realised there are many different American accents, from living in Canada many years.
Some do, while others do not. Americans love accents, especially English ones, who are also British.
Because it's different from theirs and beyond TV and movies they don't hear it often.
Yes, as there are people everywhere that immitate countrys accents and make fun of them. Answer The British have a long history of poking fun at almost everything. For an allegedly pompous race they have a remarkable sense of humour, much funnier than American slapstick. The British, unlike Amer…icans, are happy to laugh at themselves, and the British will poke fun at Americans as happily as they poke fun at themselves. Of course, Americans give British comedians a lot to work with. (MORE)
Americans do have accents, British people do have accents. When one has a different way of speaking than another then it is noticed. When a British person hears an American person speaking, the American does have an accent to the Brit. Answer Everyone has an accent! That's how British people… know that you are Americans, and how you know that they are British! Strange question!! (MORE)
I don't know, but I am British myself and some parts of Britain have quite posh accents, compared to Americans.
No, Emma is British. Both her parents are British. She was born in France but only spent the first 5 years of her life there, she moved back to Britain when she was 5 years old and grew up there.
Imagine a group of people who live together and speak the same way. Any change in the way they speak (their dialect) will either pass to the whole community, or drop out of usage. Imagine some of those people move elsewhere and start their own community. Each group may develop different slang and… dialects that spread through their own communities, but not to the other one. Two different dialects have been born. This is why Britain itself has many accents, so it's no surprise that when some of them colonized what is now today the US, that those people developed their own too. Another important factor is that the US took in a large amount of Irish immigrants, their dialects combining with the current residents to form the US accents used today. (MORE)
Well what nationality are you? do you think in your accent? Ifso, you've already answered your own question. . +++ . -) Not just accent - local dialect, too!
There are hundreds of British accents and they originated where people lived and worked. Before WW2 in Britain,people did not move around a lot and many local dialects and accents thrived and still existed in rural areas into the 1970's.
we're born making baby noises that resemble the sounds around us, when we start to make longer sounds that resemble words and also resemble details of pronunciation that we've heard and the accent begins.
There is actually no such thing as a British accent. There is an English accent, a Scottish accent, an Irish accent, or a Welsh accent. Â These are generally spoken within their own countries (English in England, Scottish in Scotland, etc.). However, people all over the world may have a breed of a… British accent because either they are immigrants themselves or they picked it up from their family.Â (MORE)
It's hard to say for everyone. But some do and some don't. Just how Americans feel about other countries. They don't like to say we(Americans) speak English, but that we speak American.
For the same reason most people don't sing with an accent ...they're matching the syllables to the music and that negates mostaccents.
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There is nothing different between the American and the Britishaccents. The New England accent is different.
The British accents are spelled the same as American accents. TheNew England accents are spelled different than American accents.
There are actually several different British accents. Think of theUnited States. People from New York and Alabama have differentaccents even though they're from the same country.