Poll: Do You Think British Accents Are More..."Sophisticated"?

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Depends what part of British you're listening to. I have the most broad Lancashire accent possible and sound the complete polar opposite of sophisticated, haha. Even London has different accents.

Which British accent? Estuary English makes you sound like a chav, even if you aren't.

I don't like it when people say 'British', they mean 'English'.

From an American perspective, the English may seem more intelligent when they speak, but from an English perspective, Americans may seem less intelligent.

Also I'd pick a cockney accent over a redneck one any day.

I'll probably be repeating someone else, but it really really depends on which part of Britain you're in. Around London because of the multicultural enviroment you can get a lot of "upper and lower class" mannerisms and accents, where as in Plymouth people forget what they're saying mid-sentence and so fill the gap with "fokin'" leading to unintelligable but hilarious conversations on a crowded bus, and so on.

thaluikhain:
Define "British accent", though.

An Irish accent isn't the same as a Welsh accent, which isn't the same as a Scottish accent, and they aren't limited to one each.

England, with 50+ million people (though almost no land mass) has any number of accents.

Now, various upper class British accents tend to sound sophisticated to me, doesn't really matter what part of Britain.

Funny. Sounds almost as if you consider Ireland to be a part of Britain.

>:|

OT: I've heard too many British accents that AREN'T sophisticated for that to work. And it's funny that whenever many American hear "British" they think Stephen Fry's accent and not a Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Belfast or Glasgow accent.

Honestly, anyone who speaks with careful attention to diction and pronunciation sounds more sophisticated.

Its St Davids day people and now I give you in the Blue corner, The Highest eschalon of sophistication: THE WELSH!

Tipsy Giant:

My tutor at college is the bassist from Wurzles!

I'm from the west country and we do not have a sophisticated accent, but i've meet americans who can't tell the difference, even when I say ark at e

Gert lush mate! also very cool having a Wurzels member for your tutor. Had a drink with them a few time at local gigs and such, love the fact as the night gets later the words to various songs change to a much ruder version :P

I am British and people seem to trust my voice, mainly Americans but other English speakers too. I would trust a British accent over a cowboy accent any day

Rastien:

Tipsy Giant:

My tutor at college is the bassist from Wurzles!

I'm from the west country and we do not have a sophisticated accent, but i've meet americans who can't tell the difference, even when I say ark at e

Gert lush mate! also very cool having a Wurzels member for your tutor. Had a drink with them a few time at local gigs and such, love the fact as the night gets later the words to various songs change to a much ruder version :P

Yeah he was a legend, taught me everything I know about deconstructing music, he knows his stuff!

This isn't so sophisticated...

no, they just sound like they're speaking proper english, not slang

thaluikhain:
Define "British accent", though.

An Irish accent isn't the same as a Welsh accent, which isn't the same as a Scottish accent, and they aren't limited to one each.

England, with 50+ million people (though almost no land mass) has any number of accents.

Now, various upper class British accents tend to sound sophisticated to me, doesn't really matter what part of Britain.

This. When Americans say "British Accent", what they really mean is "Upper-Class, Well-Educated Southern-English Accent".

Always annoys me, but hey. I still use the term 'American accent' to refer to any and all accents from the USA. So it's give and take, I guess.

OT: It depends what part of Britain. Stephen Fry for instance sounds like the smartest man on Earth. He probably is, but that's not the point.

Nokshor:
OT: It depends what part of Britain. Stephen Fry for instance sounds like the smartest man on Earth. He probably is, but that's not the point.

IMHO, he sounds like someone who desperately wants to sound like the smartest man on Earth, not quite the same thing. Watching him on QI when he goes off on a tangent not provided by the QI elves and getting everything wrong...painful.

Of course yes. People always sounds more sophisticated when they pronounce words correctly.

It all depends on the kind of British I guess. I mean, that standard stereotypical British sounds way more intelligent than any other language, but then the kind of British they speak in the suburbs... it sounds a lot more for the common man, not that sophisticated (I still prefer it over American, though).

I'm assuming you mean an accent similar to our own Zero Punctuation or Jimquisition. In which case I agree, but there are an awful lot of very different accents packed into a very small space in Britain.

some are and some arent with english accents regardless of actual intelegence your going to suond like a proffesor or some kind of bottom of sociaty scum

What accent are you talking about here.

I assume you are talking about the posh sounding BBC English (Or Queens English as it's called), or the Southern accent, which is the most purest form of English, as it has the least dialects.

Some are pretty bad though, Cockney, Brummy, and Scouse are terrible accents, and being born and bred from Kent, they sound unbearable to a southern fairy like myself.

Westcountry and Yorkshire accents are pretty cool though, even if they all do sound like a bunch of farmers most of the time, "Arrrrse".

SecretNegative:
"Wa's dis, sweethar', why di' I find you wi' 'nother man?"
"Oh Petah, his no'one, he no' my lovah"
"Then the scum shoulda tyke his dandy fine pack 'n leave.
"Oh Petah, you'r thi only wone for me."

Yeah, real classy.

Glorious.
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And i'm a Brit!

I'd say so for certain parts, but I honestly don't have a sophisticated accent at all:

It really does depend on where you're from. I'm from Yorkshire (the north) so my voice is nothing likes the Queen's English, if that's what you mean by "British".

thaluikhain:
True, meant Northern Ireland, though I don't know how seperate their accents are from Republic of Ireland.

They're pretty different the further south you go.To be honest Northern Irish accents are probably more similar to Scottish accents than the rest of Ireland which isn't that surprising when you consider that a large portion of the population of NI are of Scottish descent

RandallJohn:
American here. Sometimes I do get this impression, but it doesn't last. For every David Mitchell or Stephen Fry, there's a Dappy or a Jedward.

Jedward are,unfortunately,Irish not British:(

MetalDooley:

thaluikhain:
True, meant Northern Ireland, though I don't know how seperate their accents are from Republic of Ireland.

They're pretty different the further south you go.To be honest Northern Irish accents are probably more similar to Scottish accents than the rest of Ireland which isn't that surprising when you consider that a large portion of the population of NI are of Scottish descent

RandallJohn:
American here. Sometimes I do get this impression, but it doesn't last. For every David Mitchell or Stephen Fry, there's a Dappy or a Jedward.

Jedward are,unfortunately,Irish not British:(

Ooo, good catch. Amended. :)

Depends on the accent, a Nottingham or Cornwall accent are among the last things you'd ever call 'sophisticated' but accents from Wales, or Eastern parts of England do seem to have a slight sound of intelligence to them.

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