posted on Aug, 13 2013 @ 01:06 PM
Interesting topic. For example, to English speakers German sounds "guttural" and French sounds "nasal." It's difficult to type English because it
is so pervasive on television, but even there there are huge variations. Standard "television speak" for newscasters is the English spoken in the
Northwest of America (Washington, Oregon, etc.) because it is easily understood by everyone. But that is far different than deep country Southern or
New England accents with long vowels and no "R"s which are difficult even for Americans to understand. We had a neighbor from Boston who asked my
mother id she got her new shots. My mother couldn't figure it out. She didn't get any shots recently. She was saying "shorts." Did you get your
new shorts? You listen to the news in "Middle Georgia" (Macon), however, and those folks are speaking Northwestern.
I've noticed when British actors try to imitate an American accent, you can tell because it falls a little flat (though they are very good). I went
to a conference in Stockholm a few years ago where there were people from all over the world. The conference "language" was English, of course, and
as people got up to speak I could understand them all very well--except the person from Scotland. It must have been a very funny speech because he was
laughing a lot, but I couldn't understand a word that he said. The guy from Egypt, though? Like talking to my brother.