British or American English?

United States
December 20, 2008 11:53am CST
MyLot has users from all over the world and they all have their accents. What makes most of them similar,though is that they had to learn British English at school. So had I but I've switched once I moved to America. I like American version much better even though British might seem a bit more refined. I used to get annoyed when people said "British accent" because British was the original language other versions sprouted from. Now I've made my peace and I accept both of them. Languages evolve and you can say they are totally different now. What about you,how do you feel about this difference? And if you have,what was the sexiest/most interesting accent you've heard?
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• United States
20 Dec 08
That's interesting to know that British was first I didn't know that =] I like hearing British English, I think it's very intellectual sounding. I hate the country accent for some people. I also hate that since I live in texas, people automatically are going to assume that I have a southern accent. But, I don't. I'm hispanic , but I don't even have that accent either since I don't know too much spanish. I don't exactly know what the accent of the Beatles is, well from Liverpool, but I really like their accents. Also Jim Sturgess =]
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• United States
20 Dec 08
Well,yeah,America used to be colonized by Britain,not counting Native Americans that were there long before.:)
@liisafiat (660)
• Latvia
20 Dec 08
I like to hear how Scottish people speak. And Australian English is a weird one for me as well. I was taught British English, but in the real life I learned American English (thanks to Hollywood movies, etc). !!
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• United States
20 Dec 08
Yeah,Australian is a weird one. I like Irish even though it's hard to understand sometimes:) I like the nation as well
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
12 Aug 09
My English is a strange mixture I think. When I studied English at school we had to speak British English, and our teacher got angry if we said apartment instead of flat or if we wrote words the American way (colour/color etc). We also had to pronounce the word the British way. Many students watched American movies, and they learned new words that way, we weren't allowed to use those words in class, but of course we sometimes forgot about it and used the words anyway. When I was in my early 20's I lived in Scotland for a while, and I learned some new words there and started using than when I spoke. I also made friends with some exchange students from Australia who taught me some of their words and slang. After that I had a boyfriend from South Africa, and I started learning some of his words and expressions.
@shekruse (680)
• India
23 Jan 09
British English is a Standard English here in India, however you would not find a single english medium student speaking in correct Language. Either you get to hear his Mother tongue accent or his own put on Dog Latin accent. Britisher have the most interesting accent ever, their way of pronouncing words is real good. For example if you have watched "The Pink Panther", Jean Reno speaks in a British accent which is of a high class, it reflects the Royalness and Majestical feel.
@rymebristol (1788)
• Philippines
22 Jan 09
i was once a call center agent for an international account and talking to foreigners is the nature of our work. i used to talk to English speaking clients. the straight American English,i can understand more efficiently American English than British English. there was a time when i talked to a person with a British accent.."MY GOD",i can't understand a word he's trying to tell...what the? so in order to understand a lil bit about British accent,i watch HARRY POTTER many times,over and over agian just to get the hang of that accent.