Can you americans not hear that you have an accent? Its jsut i read a load of questions recently wher loadsa people have been like "what is an american accent?" we british know we have an accent?! So why don't you americans?I'm a northern british bird (and no we are not common!) and i can hear that i have an accent especially when i go down south!
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I think we know we have accents. The northern accent, southern accent, and the midwest accent. I'm from up north living in the south and i get noticed for having a northern accent just like a southerner would in the north.
i can hear it when i talk with people who have a different accent then me
everyone has an accent. when you live in a region all your life and go to another region its impossible to not hear the difference. This goes for Americans and all others as well.
Perhaps the ppl are saying that are not so bright. Of course we have an accent...even more so we have accents from diff parts of the states. Someone from the South sounds way diff than someone from Boston and ppl from Cali sound diff than ppl from the midwest. Our accents let the world know excatly where we are from...if I go to Jamaica they may think I am British but when I open my mouth to talk they will know I am American.
I think it all comes down to the fact that them 'mericans think they are the standard against which all the english speaking world is to be compared.
It always depends on your point of view. I'm sure Southern Americans think that they have no accent that Northerners are the ones who do. Out west, there is a different accent, a drawl, but I'm sure Westerners only notice Bostonian or Midwestern accents. You notice our accents more because it's different from yours and those you're used to hearing in Great Britain.
I think people can't really hear themselves when they talk. I have been told a lot that I have an accent. I've heard I sound like I am from Brooklyn, Boston, The South, and even been asked if I am from another country. I think I talk like everybody else I know. So why do I get asked these questions and not my friends and family? Who knows. But I like accents. I think they are cool. So I take it as a compliment when someone says that to me.
I don't think I have an accent because everybody else who speaks differently has the accent and I thought it worked that way with anybody...people down south tell me I have the accent, as well as people up north, so I don't know where you are going with this.
Most Americans do have an accent and know it....the Southerners, the Easterners, the Northerners. I'm from the Midwest and I know I DON'T have an accent. ;-)
some people just dont understand but its harder for us to notice so i guess we arent as self relizing as you.
Oh, I'm totally aware I have an accent. Not only do I know I have an American accent, I have a mildly southern twang to it too. I used to date a German guy who had learned English in Europe so his English was a British taint to it. He told me I had a funny accent all the time. (Look who was talking.) I can really hear my accent when I talk to my family up north. I like in Oklahoma, US and my family in Pennsylvania. I feel like a hick when I talk to them, although it isn't so obvious to me when talking to fellow oklahomans.
Sure there are American accents - give me a break you hardly know you are in the same country when you listen to a heavy Boston accent compared to a Mississippi accent compared to African American Vernacular. There is a generally accepted American broadcast English that is most similar to speech naturally heard in the central US and is most likely what you hear from broadcasters. So if we hear American English nearly all of the time anything else is strange and therefore sounds accented to us. I imagine unless you are from a region in US that has a strong accent, American English does not sound accented. (By the way when visiting those places where everyone has a thick accent...they all say I have the accent. That is the way.)
There are quite a few "American" accents. Generally people don't think of themselves as having an accent because it is what they hear all day long. That doesn't mean they don't know it - they just don't think about it.
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