American accents can change by region. But usually stick to a city and its suburbs. Unless it is a very integrated city like DC, then there isnt an
accent to speak off. Just accents from around the globe.
I grew up in Pittsburgh which is only 250 miles from Baltimore but a completely different accent, so much so that people had trouble understanding me
here at first. We use different words.
Don't ever confuse a New Yorker with a Bostoner but they sound the same to most. There are places in the south with pleasant southern accents and
others who were so strong I couldnt' understand a word they were saying.
Now when I moved to Arizona, I had a strong accent to the Arizonans, if I was angry they couldn't understand me at all. But they did not have an
accent to me.... because its closer to california which basically has the neutral television american accent.
There is no British vs. American accents and its silly to compare. Both have changed so much that neither represent traditional British accent. There
are still things we say in American that is an older form then in Britain.
How attractive someone finds an accent really depends on where they came from and what their native language is. British find the American southern
accent more soothing because it is a derivitave of the northern British accents when the colonists came here.
It is hard for Americans to pick up accents because we use the back of our mouths a lot. We are hard on A and O. It is a very wide mouthed accent. So
picking up a romance language, though lovely to us because of the British English, is not as easy to learn by using the front of our mouths. Just look
how much trouble Americans have with teh rolling R.
I love accents and they are very interesting. I would like to go somewhere long enough to hear teh different dialects, but that takes time.
But it is true that the British do sound so prim and proper to Americans. I do love this bit about having a British Kid by Nick Swardson if you can
Now for me, a man speaking real Italian makes me want to tear my clothes off.
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