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Old 05-09-2013, 10:07 PM
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I would say Cockney and Nigerian...this was a very interesting video....


The English Language In 24 Accents - YouTube
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:34 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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British, except a scant minority.
There are some that speak a beautiful English.....I'm venturing that it has to do more with social class and education than with regional differences.
No, English accents are to do with regional differences.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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No, English accents are to do with regional differences.
And class. A Gorbals or Coatbgidge accent is nothing like a Newton Mearns accent, and I'm sure people from leafy Surrey suburbia don't say "fink" for think.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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And class. A Gorbals or Coatbgidge accent is nothing like a Newton Mearns accent, and I'm sure people from leafy Surrey suburbia don't say "fink" for think.
But not everybody in Surrey is 'upper class', like elsewhere in the world Surrey has its own accent. There are plenty of working class people in Surrey that sound like the queen! I know that there definately is a kind of 'upper class' accent but you cant say accents are 'class orientated' only! Just because you have a Geordie or Scouse accent it doesn't make you 'uneducated' or 'low class'!!!
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Scottish, Newfinese, Geordie, and Scouse.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:52 AM
 
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But not everybody in Surrey is 'upper class', like elsewhere in the world Surrey has its own accent. There are plenty of working class people in Surrey that sound like the queen! I know that there definately is a kind of 'upper class' accent but you cant say accents are 'class orientated' only! Just because you have a Geordie or Scouse accent it doesn't make you 'uneducated' or 'low class'!!!
Of course not, but within Geordieland and Scouseland there are several different accents and in many cases the differences are class-related.

Do this experiment: take the Neilston or Newton Mearns trains from Glasgow Central. In the same carriage you will see kids headed to the working class areas closer to the city centre such as Pollokshields and kids headed to the leafy upper-middle class suburbs like Neilston and Newton Mearns. You'll find both sets speak very differently. None of them speak like the Queen, they all sound Scottish, but the accents are very different.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:13 PM
 
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Scottish, some nothern accent from England !
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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Glasgow.

I can't even begin to imagine how a Kiwi can be hard to understand.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Ireland
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I would say Cockney and Nigerian...this was a very interesting video....


The English Language In 24 Accents - YouTube
That video is hilarious as well as interesting. He is super talented at the accents, though.

The hardest accent to understand is the Scouse accent, although it is my favourite accent.

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Old 05-13-2013, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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True country Jamaican spoken by Jamaicans to Jamaicans is extremely difficult for me to understand. They tend to mellow the accent a bit when speaking to non-Jamaicans, but sometimes it can still be tough with some individuals.
I agree. Jamaican can be extremely difficult to understand. At times it is hard to recognize it as English.
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