Do American people have a different accent to British?
Yes they do.
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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)
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)
There is no single "American" accent, but the accent used by most newscasters (Mid-Western) is considered to be an "American" accent. Native New Yorkers tend to pronounce certain words differently from the rest of the country. For example "cawfee" (coffee), "owa" (hour), daw (door) and of course Noo… Yawk (New York). New Yorkers also tend to say "a" at the end of words that end in "er" like "butta" (butter), speaka (speaker) and put "r" where it doesn't belong: "warta" (water). Some of the classic accents that you may hear in old movies like using "earl" for "oil" are not really prevalent any longer. Also, using "d" instead of "t" in the middle of words can also be heard "whaddya want? (what do you want?) There are many sites on the internet that give full linguistic discussions on the differences that you may want to check out. Also, there are certain actors and actresses that have a native NY accent such as Robert Deniro and Rosie O'Donnell. The various New York City accents are closely related to the various New England accents, deriving from the speech of certain parts of England as it was pronounced in the 17th Century. The dramatic difference is the "dropped R" before consonants and at the end of sentences. For example, some of us Northeasterners say say Pock ya cah heyah when the rest of America says Park your car here. (MORE)
If you think for example 200 years or more ago , there were no communication aids like radio or telephone , no-one travelled much unless they really needed to , and so there were many variations in language . In the same country people from one village or town or tribe , could possibly live their wh…ole lives and never visit the ajoining town . Different expressions developed and wide variations in slang existed across a whole country . This still happens today in some remote places such as southern France near the Pyrenean mountains , where some people still speak a dialect which is more like Spanish than French . Likewise on the other side of the mountains , there is an area where they speak an different version of Spanish.......Although a country may be under one flag , it does not erase the differences in language which have existed over many years . In a fairly small country like England , there are wide variations today in dialect and accent , and it can happen that a person from one end of the country has a problem understanding someone from the opposite end , although they can guess from their accent , whereabouts they were brought up . The language which we first learn as children from our parents and family becomes deeply embedded in each of us , and is always detectable in the way we say certain words , although we may have moved to another part of the country or even a new country as we grew up . Learning a new language is always very difficult , as you have to modify or extend how you think of every word you know......learning a new spelling is hard enough but you also have to learn how to pronounce these new words correctly ... It can take a matter of years to perfect pronounciation, a decade before somebody could pass off as a foreigner, and succeed. The difficulty of such an achievement is due to the subtle variations in the pronunciation of word components, these variations are so deeply rooted in our minds that it takes a lot of effort to be able to switch between them when speaking different languages, thereby producing accents in the people unable to do so. As a person born in England myself , I find it quite amusing that friends I have from Holland and Sweden speak English , with what is to me , an obvious United States accent . This must be because their teacher at school was an American or they have watched an awful lot of American television programmes in English . With the progess in communications , first radio and then television , a standard form of a particular language is used predominately . Newreaders(newscasters) and other announcers and presenters are typically chosen because they possess a 'standard' accent which is acceptable or understandable by most of the country . Interestingly this does not seem to have changed the regional accents , which have not disappeared . Instead people are aware of alternate pronounciations which they can use at will....... often for fun to impersonate someone else . (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.
Athletics England: Refers specifically to "stamina" sports, like jogging, jumping, sprinting, etc. America: Refers to any sport in general. Banger England: A beaten up car America: A musical tune (e.g., head banger) Bathroom England: Specifically refers to a toilet facility with a bath…tub. America: Refers to any sort of washroom facilities, regardless of whether it has a bathtub or not Chemist England: Most commonly used to refer to any establishment that sells pharmaceuticals, (whereas Americans commonly call these establishments "drugstores" or "pharmacies") America: Refers to a chemical scientist, but more commonly used with this meaning than in England. Cricket England: Most often refers to the sport. America: Most often refers to the bug. Football England: A kickball sport America: A rugby-derived sport Knob England: An idiot, or a penis. America: Any small, rounded protrusion. Mad England: Most commonly referring to being crazy or nuts. America: Most commonly referring to being angry. Mate England: Pal, friend. America: Spouse. Pound England: Usually refers to currency. America: Usually refers to weight. England, UK, British Isles, etc England: Refers specifically to the region of the British Isles that does not include Scotland, Wales, or Ireland. Britain, or the UK, refers usually refers to the entirety of the British Isles with all states included. America: Often mistakenly uses all of the above terms to refer to the British Isles. (MORE)
This is a myth. Gay people do not develop a different accent. Ifsome gay men have inflection in their voices that identifies themas gay, then it was something they are born with,
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.
There are many "English" accents from England. Scots and Welshmen are not from England, so would have their own accents, which again differ from place to place. That said, just as often people from elsewhere often accidentally say "England" when they mean "Britain" and vice versa, an English and Br…itish accent is often used to mean the same thing, a relatively posh accent from South-East England. (MORE)
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.
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)
Scottish English tends to be pronounced further forward in the mouth, and to have purer vowel sounds than Home Counties English. (But the vowel sounds of Scottish English are still much dirtier than Italian vowels). Scots also often trill the 'r', and pronounce 'ch' and sometimes 'gh' as gutturals. … You really need to hear examples: the accents are quite unmistakable. (MORE)
Some do, some don't it's their opinion.. I'm Britsh, i love the Amerian accent, it's so cool.
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)
People from different area's of the United States can have different accents. So, essentially, if you're not from Minnesota, you may think that someone from that state has an accent.
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)
Canadians have a tendency of using long vowels, so when they say sorry it comes out "sOHrry" while Americans prefer short vowels. Also, Canadians say words like out and about differently, instead of "owt" as Americans typically say it becomes "oot" or "ewt"
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)
All English accents are British accents, but not all British accents are English accents. That's because England is one country in the nation of Great Britain. So if one was to speak in a 'scouse' or 'cockney' accent, this would be both English and British. But if you were from Wales, while your acc…ent is a British one, it is not English. (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.
Some Filipinos say Philippines as Pilippines and Park as Fark; vacation as bacation. They sometimes interchange with those two vowels.
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.
Because of their heritage and were they come from or how early settlers were educated (they could have gotten more education in other states).
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)
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. (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.
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 actually a large but finite number, where the spelling in the US developed through separate US dictionaries. Sometimes the British spellings are acceptable variants in the US. They include, but are not limited to: or/our words : color-colour, honor-honour, neighbor-neighbour e/ae words : …hemophilia-haemophilia, encyclopedia-encyclopaedia, esopaghus-oesophagus ce/se words : license-licence, er/re words: center-centre, fiber-fibre z/s verbs : analyzed/analysed, criticize/criticise Y words : pajamas-pyjamas, tyre-tire dropped UE words: analog-analogue, catalog-catalogue doubled consonants : canceled-cancelled, traveled-travelled shortened words: jewelry-jewellery, story-storey (also see the related link) (MORE)
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)
Being away from the motherland where the language is spoken sometimes warps the language itself.
For the same reason most people don't sing with an accent ...they're matching the syllables to the music and that negates mostaccents.
There are a few varieties of British accents similar to American accents it depends on the region where the person is from. Some of which include Liverpool and Manchester.
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.