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Old 05-23-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Have you been to Boston or NYC? Consider that you're giving out some very inaccurate and perplexing advice to someone who may not know better. NYC and Boston would both be great places to study English. Its pretty uncommon to actually hear the stereotypical Bawston or Noo Yawk accent, movies and TV exaggerate them. And even if a small portion of the people he meets have the accent, that's not going to negatively impact a student's English.

They are both wonderful, active, multicultural cities, and I would recommend a Brazilian visitor stay in Boston or NYC longggggg before I would send them to Omaha freaking Nebraska. However, NYC is outrageously expensive, and Boston isn't cheap either.
I grew up in NY. My brother lives in Boston. The accents are thick.

The midwestern accent is relatively flat, (I also lived in Saint Louis), and probably ideal to learn American english (and even in the midwest there is an accent)

California with its large population of transplants would also be good, except the cost of living is perceived as being expensive.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I grew up in NY. My brother lives in Boston. The accents are thick.

The midwestern accent is relatively flat, (I also lived in Saint Louis), and probably ideal to learn American english (and even in the midwest there is an accent)

California with its large population of transplants would also be good, except the cost of living is perceived as being expensive.
Honestly man it doesn't make any difference whatsoever. There's an insane amount of students in between Boston and NYC and many of them are ESL students. The majority of academics don't have a strong NY/Boston accents nor do many of the students who attend those schools.

Overall it really has no influence on how an ESL student learns the language.
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