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US Accent or British Accent

Postby Columbuslanguages » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:45 am

As we all know there are two accents of English are used mostly in different countries US and UK accent. I want to know which is more preferable for Business in Australia, Russia and Germany. Please help
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Re: US Accent or British Accent

Postby Siyangephoyadx » Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:09 am

Well....
By UK accent, I suppose you mean the Queen's English, which isn't the only accent in the land, but, afterall, the one the Queen uses, which makes it the preferred one. In Australia, I suppose theywould prefer their own English accent, which I think is distinct from other English accents. I have talked with other English language learners who have said they had been glad to have avoided learning English from British teachers - for whatever reason. The U.S. is much more a consumer nation. So from an economic perspective, one may fine one's self doing business with more U.S. English speakers who may prefer U.S. English. Otherwise, when I was in Ukraine, our translators had what I would call a U.S. accent rather than a British accent. As for Germans, I've never heard one speaking English with a British accent - but I'm no expert on that.
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Re: US Accent or British Accent

Postby mikinsmith » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:40 pm

Hi,

There are many accents are used in those counties including the UK and US accents. I think the UK accents are perfect for business but nowadays US accents are getting more popular for its simplicity. You better join a Language school to learn different accents.

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Re: US Accent or British Accent

Postby Siyangephoyadx » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:04 am

Okeydokey, y'all. :lol:
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Re: US Accent or British Accent

Postby englishj » Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:49 am

It really depends. In Asia I have found that people are wanting to learn an American accent as they deal more with American companies. In Europe students prefer a British accent as that is what they have grown up with and they have more contact with British companies.

But as long as your English is good it doesn't really matter.
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Re: US Accent or British Accent

Postby sasiku » Sat May 14, 2011 9:31 am

Today the word 'neutral' is often used in accent training centers. Trainers teach about neutral American accent, neutral British accent, neutral Spanish accent, neutral pronunciation, neutral English, etc.

Ref: http://www.neutralaccent.com
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Re: US Accent or British Accent

Postby Siyangephoyadx » Sat May 14, 2011 10:45 pm

That makes sense. I speak English as a U.S. native but still have people around here ask me where I am from. Then, they want to guess, and they usually guess England or a country near England. I don't know why. I must have an accent, and it must not be neutral.
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Re: US Accent or British Accent

Postby mandrews » Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:31 am

As someone who teaches people how to change their accents I agree with one of the previous posters here. 'Neutral' seems to be the trend in a lot of English schools nowadays. There's the Neutral British accent (the correct term would be 'Standard British accent), the Neutral American accent (also known as 'General American accent') and then there's even what is known as the 'International English accent', which is- as the name suggests- an accent that makes the speaker sound like he or she could be from any of the English speaking country worldwide.

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Re: US Accent or British Accent

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