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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 02-22-2017, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Acajack View Post
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.
The most obvious difference between Australian and New Zealand accents are vowels and inflection.

To Aussies, vowels spoken by Kiwis are different in sound and are noticeably clipped. When a Kiwi says “six, hat and wet”, an Aussie is likely to hear “sex, het and what”. Some Aussies might jokingly say that there is only a single universal vowel in the New Zealand accent; but that's just how the combination of comparatively shortened and different pronunciation is perceived. Similarly, I’ve heard Kiwis interpret an Aussie saying “six” as “seeks”.

Another obvious difference is Australian’s tendency to speak with a rising inflection, a gentle and gradual rise in pitch towards the end of a sentence. Some claim Kiwis also do it, but it’s pretty much undetectable compared to typical Australian patterns.

There are also differences in pronunciation. For example, Kiwis generally pronounce “dance” as “darnce”, which is pretty uncommon in Australia except for South Australia.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:57 PM
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It's hard to speculate if you're an American or English. You're most likely going to favor the accent you've grown up with. But, it'll be interesting to get "outside' opinions on it.
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Graystripe View Post
I would say that Britons have better English. They just have better grammar.
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I would say the quality of a native speaker's English language skills is largely a cultural phenomenon related to social class.

People of higher classes, regardless of their economic standing, tend to hold the importance of good speech and writing in high regard.

The US has less rigidity in the relationship between social class and economic success, therefore one encounters economically successful Americans with poor language skills, and can often find eloquent and articulate Americans working in trades and shops.

Regardless, the relationship between an accepted standard of grammar and being an effective communicator is not necessarily so cut and dried. Some people who can't spell or have a non-standard accent can be compelling speakers, while there is no shortage of orators and wordsmiths whose language is obtuse.

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Old 02-28-2017, 11:40 PM
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Both are same and equal in speak and understanding.
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