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Old 09-27-2013, 04:36 PM
 
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I will be visiting both central and NW Arkansas in the near future and was considering what the general perception of the English would be in this part of the State. I have travelled many other regions in the US but never this far south and as such I am looking forward to this new experience.

Any comments please.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: On the road
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NW Arkansas is no big deal.
English folks wander through there quite regularly. mod cut
Central Arkansas is another story, entirely.
They won't understand a word you are saying.

Actually, they will just think you are from Australia.

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:56 PM
 
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Funny you should mention the Australian point, particularly in California and New York this was the case, any idea why. In PA and OH no problems at all in differentiating the accent.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:46 PM
 
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Aussies are very popular in the states, and anyone with even a remotely British accent gets mistaken for one. We Americans can be terribly shallow, sometimes.

My friends from Newfoundland have been asked if they are from Australia.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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I put it down to the lingering success of Crocodile Dundee......!

On the subject, there is a post on this forum regarding the accent of the folks living on Tangier Island somewhere off the east coast. To hear them speak by virtue of YouTube is really interesting, American citizens talking in a broad "Cornish" accent......

Nice talking to you LarsMac.

Regards to Colorado.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:52 PM
 
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My experience

Some people may try to talk to you just because you sound different, a lot of people won't give you a second look.

mileage may vary

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Old 09-27-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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I disagree with larsmac about central Arkansas reaction to English visitors. I have lived in central Arkansas, in different communities, since 1953, and this is my third time to live in Little Rock. My experience, one-on-one and in groups, has been that we will make conversation with you just to hear you talk, and compare phrases you use to phrases we use, for the same meaning. And I'm sure it has happened, but I have never heard an English person be asked if they were from Australia.

Come on, and welcome to The Natural State
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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I'm heading strait for the Mean Pig in Cabot then the Buffalo river then the Mountains.............
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Well have fun
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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I will be visiting both central and NW Arkansas in the near future and was considering what the general perception of the English would be in this part of the State. I have travelled many other regions in the US but never this far south and as such I am looking forward to this new experience.

Any comments please.
As a native Missourian I would be interested of your general perception of your southern visit as well.

Thank you in advance.
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