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Old 05-14-2013, 02:17 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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In general, the most different that speaker's native language is to English the harder it will be to understand.

That's why Swedes, Dutch.etc are so easy to understand.

Some African, Indian, Asian accents are hard to understand.

Scottish, West Indian native accents.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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I can't understand so much when a Chinese try to speak English, even the ones from Hongkong.
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:50 AM
 
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In general, the most different that speaker's native language is to English the harder it will be to understand.

That's why Swedes, Dutch.etc are so easy to understand.

Some African, Indian, Asian accents are hard to understand.

Scottish, West Indian native accents.
I 'm not buying your theory.

Swedes, Dutch, etc are easier to understand because they put on American accents. Swedish and Dutch sounds nothing like English phonetically.

Scots' native language is, guess what, English, so according to your theory they should be easy to understand.

And the native language of white South Africans is most likely to be either English or Dutch, which once more disproves your theory.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I 'm not buying your theory.

Swedes, Dutch, etc are easier to understand because they put on American accents. Swedish and Dutch sounds nothing like English phonetically.
Are you implying that they will be hard to understand if they put on British accents?
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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Are you implying that they will be hard to understand if they put on British accents?
What I mean is:

1) Most people on these forums are American
2) American accent is pretty much homogeneous these days. It no longer has all local accents that still thrieve in Britain and may be difficult to understand for foreigners.
3) The whole world has been invaded by American consumer culture, so American is the easiest English accent to understands for more people.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Farnworth, Lancashire, England
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Where I live in the North of England every main town has a unique accent, and they can change radically in just a few miles. This has little to do with grammar, social class or education but is actually respected and considered something worth preserving. The way we understand each other so easily is just by slowing down - I moved here from the South of England ten years ago and initially local people could not understand me, until I realised that it wasn't so much the accent but the fact that, like many Southerners in England I had a tendency to gabble.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:06 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Yea well that is changing. I think in the future we will all have in Northern Ireland a watered down East Belfast accent.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:54 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I 'm not buying your theory.

Swedes, Dutch, etc are easier to understand because they put on American accents. Swedish and Dutch sounds nothing like English phonetically.

Scots' native language is, guess what, English, so according to your theory they should be easy to understand.

And the native language of white South Africans is most likely to be either English or Dutch, which once more disproves your theory.
I think it's a general rule. I suppose the UK has some hard to understand accents.

And have you ever met a Swedish person? Most of them do not put on American or British accents. It's just their accent sounds quite 'neutral' to us.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:49 AM
 
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Australian accent is hard to get, hey mate
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