How Americans Sound To British People

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  • nichrome

    Americans don’t use their forks like that ;-)

  • nichrome

    And this one is also worth a look (with a good song): What American English sounds like to non-English speakers

  • Chris Hallquist

    So weird. Even with the gibberish, it doesn’t actually sound that odd to me.

  • I amafreeman

    Americans sound like that to me as well.

  • sailor1031

    That’s how brits sound to me. I’ve been asking NPR to provide subtitles to Downton Abbey since I can’t understand a word of it!

  • Vikram

    As a Canadian, I find this quite amusing. Our accents are somewhere between British and American, and though they’re closer to the latter, we can definitely tell an American accent when we hear one. (Freud called it the “narcissism of minor differences” — the Scotch know they’re not Irish, Indians know they’re not Pakistani, and Canadians know they’re not American.) Though the pronunciation sounds American-ish, here, (albeit with some vowel sounds that aren’t in American English) the intonation and the mannerisms definitely seem British — particularly the way they’re using their cutlery. (Americans and Canadians keep switching hands, using the dominant hand for both cutting with the knife and lifting with the fork, while Europeans, as I understand it, tend to use the weaker hand for lifting and the stronger for cutting.)