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View Poll Results: WHose English is more understandable - Americans or Brits?
Americans - They started it, we end it 18 41.86%
Brits - We started it and perfected it 21 48.84%
Everyone should speak French - (how many Frenchies do we have?) 4 9.30%
Voters: 43. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-20-2017, 05:45 AM
 
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So whose English is more understandable, Americans or English?
It really depends on who you ask. Both types of English are understandable but people's accents usually are what make them more or less understandable to others.
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Old 02-20-2017, 05:56 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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If you take the full spectrum of the British Isles accents/dialects and compare them to the accents/dialects spoken in the whole of the US in regards to understandability, well shiat, the US wins hands down. From the perspective of a non-native language speaker at least.
For you perhaps but not necessarily for everybody, the Croatian woman I married could understand British speakers of English far easier, that's the point, you simply can't make any case for it being 'better' because there is nothing to measure it against.
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Old 02-20-2017, 06:35 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Both are equally understandable and valid. But the foreigners who studied the British rules of pronounce have often difficulties with the American standard, and the opposite is also true.
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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American television tends to subtitle the following English language dialects/accents:

U.S. : rural Louisianans, rural southern black people

U.K. : Scots, Geordies, drunk Yorkshiremen

In my experience studying in the UK and other observations, Americans and people from the Midlands southwards had the highest degree of mutual intelligibility. The above often had a harder time with people from the north and Scotland, to varying degrees depending on whether said northerners cared to modify their natural 'home' accents to be better understood.

Not sure what that adds to the discussion other than the fact that there are ranges of intelligibilty between, and among, English speakers from the two countries.
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Minsk, Belarus
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For me as a non-native speaker, American English is generally easier, although it obviously varies from person to person.
Canadian is even easier.
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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For me as a non-native speaker, American English is generally easier, although it obviously varies from person to person.
Canadian is even easier.


As a native English speaker, I understand the American and Canadian accents easily, the London & Liverpool & South African without too much problem, I have trouble with the northern England, Australian and especially the Scottish.
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Old 02-22-2017, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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As a native English speaker, I understand the American and Canadian accents easily, the London & Liverpool & South African without too much problem, I have trouble with the northern England, Australian and especially the Scottish.
I was in my car last night and after dark I can often pick up lots of AM stations from the U.S., many that are 500-1000 km away. In any event, I was listening to Bloomberg's business radio station from New York City, and they had a global markets report on, and I was quite proud of myself to have identified a Kiwi accent on the lady who was doing the report. (I googled her name afterwards and yup - she's from New Zealand.)


I usually have some trouble distinguishing Aussies from Kiwis and vice versa.
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Old 02-22-2017, 02:12 PM
 
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I would say that Britons have better English. They just have better grammar.
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Old 02-22-2017, 02:17 PM
 
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I was in my car last night and after dark I can often pick up lots of AM stations from the U.S., many that are 500-1000 km away. In any event, I was listening to Bloomberg's business radio station from New York City, and they had a global markets report on, and I was quite proud of myself to have identified a Kiwi accent on the lady who was doing the report. (I googled her name afterwards and yup - she's from New Zealand.)


I usually have some trouble distinguishing Aussies from Kiwis and vice versa.
Congrats for being able to recognize a NZer's accent over the radio. I often have trouble telling an Englishman, an Australian and a NZer apart.
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Old 02-22-2017, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Hard to choose. Both equally have good and bad regional dialects.

Upper class London English is the best English accent to me. Cockney and northern English accents are horrible, and usually not that intelligible.

Standard American sounds nice (if not the best). Southern accents sound really bad. And as bad as they are, they're still more intelligible than rural British accents. Lol.
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