Why do British people sing in American accents?
It's not just British, most people seem to lose accent when they sing.
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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 ". ( Full Answer )
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". ( Full Answer )
It really doesn't matter. Native English speakers (American and English) will be far more impressed if you have a good vocabulary and good use of grammar than if you have perfected a particular accent. As a native English speaker, I tend to assume that people who speak English as a foreign language …adopt the accent of their teacher, or of the area that they learnt English in. ( Full Answer )
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. ( Full Answer )
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.
Because they like how it sounds. I don't buy this but 50%. Maybe less. Let's look at some of the up-n-coming 60's brit bands trying to make it big. Beatles: you can detect a prominant british accentuation (is that other a-hole poster gonna correct me here as well?) in a few of their songs.…...most tho....not so much. Hermans Hermits (these f***ing a*smuppets should have been buried in a landslide somewhere) EVERY SONG these a**holes did was with a cockney accent... WHY???? And look where it got them. Could they help it? Did Peter Noone sing this way on purpose? What I mean is, if singing American-Style was the key to the Money/Fame machine, why didn't Herman & his douchery follow suit? Dave Clark 5 : almost same as above , but somehow MORE tolerabow (that would be >tolerable< spoken in cocney) Stones: No Cockney, No Brit inflections & they ARE the kings The Bloody "OO (Who): same as above.....just not as epic as R.S. EDIT: apparently someone named dingobot thinks my post is somehow gibberish you no speakanzee anglais dingo? what don't you get''........(mebbe above your paygrade.......methinks) ( Full Answer )
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.
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 :) ( Full Answer )
I think you'll find most singers (English and American) sing in a neutral accent. It sounds slightly British and slightly American. This is because: 1.) They want to make their music more marketable over the pond. Every British artist wants to make to big in America, and every American artist wa…nts to make it big in the UK and Europe, so if they sing in a more neutral accent their voice may be better for radio, etc. 2.) The Beatles! The Beatles are from Liverpool, and whilst there is nothing wrong with the northern British accent, it has often been associated with folk music, which they obviously believed is "uncool", so they decided to develop a London/North American accent to sing in. Because the Beatles were so revolutionary, the trend to sing in a slightly North American accent caught on, and it became common. BUT there are singers who sing in a full British accent, like Lily Allen, Ellie Goulding, Eliza Doolittle, Katy B, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Wanted etc. And nearly all British rappers rap in British accents - like Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder, MIA and Aggro Santos. Accents are also about the melody of the sentances as a whole as well as pitch and stuff. When a person sings it becomes harder to recognise the accent, since the melody and the pitch both become a more active components, but you still can. A better question would be 'Why do English singers and American singers sound similar when they sing?' since both nationalities accents are affected when they sing, not just the English accent. You're just more accustomed to the American voice so you believe the English are imitating it. It's like when you're a child and you think that other countries have an accent and yours doesn't, because it's what your used to. Answer On most of their songs, the Beatles sang with a quite plain Scouse accent (this is quite noticable in songs with the word "singing" in them- the word is pronounced "sing-ging" (with hard"g"). No "put on" American accents except perhaps in some of their early work (many of which were covers of American songs). Modern British singers from the London area like Lily Allen have the quite noticable "Estuary" accent which derives in large part from Cockney (complete with dropped letters like the "tt" in "little"). It's refeshing to note Australian singers like Missy Higgins singing with an Australian accent, while C&W singer Keith Urban sounds excatly like an American due no doubt to his intended market. There seems to be a latter-day trend towards vocalists performing with their own native accent rather than contrived "mid-Atlantic" accents although there will always be exceptions like Urban above (and lets face it, songs about yodelling tractors should be sung with an American accent). ( Full Answer )
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. ( Full Answer )
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... ( Full Answer )
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". ( Full Answer )
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. ( Full Answer )
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. ( Full Answer )
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. ( Full Answer )
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. . ( Full Answer )
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. ( Full Answer )
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. ( Full Answer )
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. ( Full Answer )
Many American music teachers and choral directors promote some pronunciations that are more typical of British speech. In a chorus, it is always preferable to have everyone following some standard and so pronouncing things the same way, instead of having five different sounds for the same word at t…he same time. Some elements of British will come across sounding better. For example, a quick flipped "r" between two vowels lets both vowels have the maximum allowable time while still getting the "r" in to insure that the meaning is clear. Certain words (such as "laugh") are often pronounced with a more open vowel in British than in American, creating a more resonant sound in singing. ( Full Answer )
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!! ( Full Answer )
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. ( Full Answer )
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!
Some people do have an accent while they sing, for example "Camille" ( a french singer) does have a slight accent when she sings in English. As a whole however, the act of singing is essentially talking and stretching out the vowel sounds. In most languages, vowel sounds are universal; so when they …are stretched and modified with pitch, they often lack culturally induced inflections. Singing also relies heavily on consonant sounds, leaving less room for dips in tone or clipping of syllables giving music a more universal sound) Other songs commonly sung with accents include . "Loch Lomen" - A Scottish folk song . "Electricity" - Billy Elliot the Musical . "Donkey Riding" - A Newfie Folk Song ( Full Answer )
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 ( Full Answer )
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.
Most singers at least partially "lose" their accents when they sing, especially classically trained singers. This is mainly because most singers are taught to use "pure vowels" when singing and to more precisely enunciate consonants, which makes their diction when singing clearer and easier to under…stand while reducing their dialect or accent. ( Full Answer )
It shows that only American Non Regional is the correct and easiest way to sing. All other accents are contrived, region quirks, over or under pronouncing Rs being the most common. Usually you can chalk it up to lazy.
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 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.