View Poll Results: Which English accent do you prefer

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  • British English

    37 38.14%
  • British (Scottish)

    20 20.62%
  • British (Welsh)

    4 4.12%
  • American (Midwest)

    15 15.46%
  • American (Southern)

    17 17.53%
  • American (New York)

    2 2.06%
  • Australian

    15 15.46%
  • New Zealand English

    8 8.25%
  • Irish English

    14 14.43%
  • South African English

    14 14.43%
  • Other (please specify)

    8 8.25%
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Thread: For English Speakers, Which Accent Do You Prefer?

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    NZ only because i would rather live there than here

    But Australian is "normal"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stimme View Post
    Really? I can't stand the sound of a woman talking this snobby british English. It's amazing how a dialect can be made so perfectly for men. If I could, I would be talking British all day, lol.
    There are different kinds of English accents. The type I'm speaking of is the kind spoken by Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale or Emily Watson. But what you say about "snobby British English": Many Americans associate all types of English accents as snobby/uppercrust, but what we might think sounds aristocratic might just be a typical middleclass, middle England accent to a Brit.

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    I voted for the ambiguous "British English" which I take to mean RP or something like that, but I do like a few of the forms of English around England. In addition to that I like Hiberno-Inglish and voted for it and I like some Canadian dialects hence my voting other. I'd have voted for Scots but it's a language and is thus not on the list .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    The word you're looking for is sociolect, not dialect.
    Let's compromise, degenalect!
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    Most accents from the British Isles, particularly Scottish and Ulster-Scottish. The exceptions are certain English accents, namely the working-class Cockney, Mancunian and Scouse types. I do not like Irish/Hiberno-English accents, either, but that may be rooted in my aversion to the Irish in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loyalist View Post
    but that may be rooted in my aversion to the Irish in general.
    I feel similar to this. The Irish aren't that bad, but it's all this Irish pride that bothers me, like BFD, you're Irish, way to not descend from a great people! I hate, and refuse to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I'm not Irish, nor do I mystically get a blood transfusion in April that makes me Irish for one day.

    It's always seemed to me like the Irish accent is almost like... a cheap, "ghetto" version of the Scottish accent.
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    My favorites:

    1. Southern British - because that's where it started. I love the "posh" aristocratic accent. Cockney is kind of jibberish to me though. Northern British sounds a lot like Scottish to me.

    2. Old Southern US - very musical and drawn out, but also has a rhythm to it. Though it's mostly Hollywood now, the old Southern aristocratic accent you find in movies like Gone with the Wind is right up there with the Queen's / King's English in beauty.

    3. Old New York City accent - Dutch and British roots. Before the Italians, Irish, and most of the Yiddish language elements came in and made it somewhat different. See Daniel Day Lewis' Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York for a good example of what I'm talking about. The current NY accent is okay, but I think the old one was more apple pie and yankee doodle Americana. This may survive in some areas of the northeast.

    4. Western US accent - Has a very calming affect on me for some reason. Though I know of many examples, Wilford Brimley is a pretty well-known one. What is amazing about it is that sounds so slow, yet has been timed as one of the faster dialects in the United States - up there with New York. Today the more common accent is California throughout the west. That's because there are 40M people there and they flood all over the rest of the region. The Canadian accent throughout the Western provinces is very similar to this accent.

    5. Australian - I can't say I'm too familiar with this outside of Paul Hogan and Steve Irwin. Some similarities with southern US. Probably based out of a commoner, farmer and criminal class of old England, much like the common Southern US accent is. I know it's a big country, so it probably has many different regionalizations.

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    I voted for the australian accent.

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    We learn to talk with the British English in school, but American English has a bigger influence because of media.

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    I voted for Other

    I really like english when a Dutchman speaks it! Steenkolen Engels

    But I also like Cockney and the northern english, In fact I like all the British accents.

    Australian also will do.
    ''Ginds de Waal, daar weer de IJssel, dan de Maas en ook de Rijn. Geeft ons recht om heel ons leven trots op Gelderland te zijn.''

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