posted on Aug, 30 2012 @ 12:32 PM
The one that can be understood most widely.
Just as an example, American English varies a great deal. A New England accent is much different than the Bronx which is much different from the Deep
South, which is different from Alaska and Minnesota. You get someone from Boston talking to someone from the Alabama countryside and it's almost as
if there are talking two different languages.
But when you get to news broadcasters, they all have a western or northwestern accent, even if they are broadcasting from Macon, Georgia. That's
because a northwestern accent is easily understood by everyone. A person from Boston, who does not pronounce his "r"s at all and the person from the
deep south, who elongates most vowels, can still understand the news broadcaster, though they may have a harder time understanding each other.
I am not advocating northwestern American English as THE English to learn. I'm just saying that you need to adjust to your purposes and learn the
English that will wind up most useful to you. The bottom line is that you want to be understood by others. Choose accordingly.