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Old 10-06-2016, 06:20 PM
 
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Ooohhh I'm not sure. Some of the directness in speech (especially my Wisconsin friends) reminds me of German and Dutch friends here. Why fluff around when you can just be blunt, in few words? Then wonder why others take offense. Definitely German!
Wisconsin isn't considered to be a state where General American is spoken much. It is classed as North Central/Upper Midwest English which deviates a lot from General American. That's more central Iowa or Indiana / Ohio (not Cleveland) .
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Old 10-07-2016, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Well think of spelling - what was current at the time is what the Americans generally kept, while the rest of the English world moved on.
Measurement is the same - we moved on, while the society built on a strong story of rebellion and "we can be by ourselves and make it" didn't see the need to.


British Imperial Measurements are what the US still uses rather than the French Metric System.

The UK had to covert some measurements to metric to meet EU Rules.

British Imperial Meaurements include pounds and ounces, the pint, gill and gallon, inches and feet, acres and furlongs and numerous other such measurements. So it's basically what the US still mainly uses today.

Imperial Units - Wiki

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Old 10-07-2016, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I believe that the Asian Call Centers will in time be considered to speak the "purest" form of English...have I been able to successfully answer your question?
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:27 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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As the English ARE English I suggest that however it is they speak English its the 'purest' form of English there is!! You simply can't BE English and not speak English!
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:33 AM
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I believe that the Asian Call Centers will in time be considered to speak the "purest" form of English...have I been able to successfully answer your question?

LoL they speak horrible English often stick to a script and generally have poor people skills by Western standards(empathy and being sociable is a foreign concept for them). If a company wants to lose my business they are on the right tract by directing me to an Asian call center.
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Seymour, CT
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LoL they speak horrible English often stick to a script and generally have poor people skills by Western standards(empathy and being sociable is a foreign concept for them). If a company wants to lose my business they are on the right tract by directing me to an Asian call center.
The best part is the constant use of the word "actually".
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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As the English ARE English I suggest that however it is they speak English its the 'purest' form of English there is!! You simply can't BE English and not speak English!
Ahh, but which English speak the purest English? My guess would put it somewhere in West Yorkshire...

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Old 10-07-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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As the English ARE English I suggest that however it is they speak English its the 'purest' form of English there is!! You simply can't BE English and not speak English!
The English can't even agree on what the proper way of speaking English is! Do you think it's all spoken like the Royal Family?
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:51 AM
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The best part is the constant use of the word "actually".
I have come across that I will also refrain from being specific, but even some of the most pleasing English words sound horrendous when spoken with some accents and couple that the inability of most of these folks inability to understand Americanisms and zero sense of humour.(I refuse to utilize Asian call centers).
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:36 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Aside from London and thereabouts, I don't understand UK accents as well as I do with most American accents.
So true.

Some northern England accents are so tough to decifer
movies filmed there sometimes need subtitles.

Good example is 1969 movie "Kes" , set in Barnsley near Leeds,
great little film but really difficult to undestand the actors.

Even the thickest southern US drawl is way easier to understand.

Canadian English is imo the purest spoken english,
purer than US, no dropped t's and g's ....
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