What do British people think of the neutral American accent?

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I'm wondering because someone from England said my accent was annoying.
Lemme guess: you'd like to sound more "exotic".
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Why do care what other people think of your accent? It is what it is.
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You're really worried about your accent.
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What is the "neutral" American accent? Everyone on the planet thinks their own "accent" is "neutral."
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I'm guessing this isn't a general impression Brits have of how Americans sound, but I had an English guy tell me that 'men sound like cowboys and women sound like porn stars' here. He was in California so that may have had something to do with it. Cracked me up.

Don't take statements like that to heart. If you put something on the internet like a voice clip, you'll get all kinds of conflicting feedback. Sometimes people will give you a hard time just to give you a hard time. Your voice sounded perfectly fine to me.
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That person's lack of manners is a bit annoying.

I'd tell them to sod off and that there's nowt wrong with me accent.
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I'm thinking by "neutral" they mean an American accent that is more prone to be seen in the middle of the US. You know, not a Georgian, Texan accent (just an example, there are plenty more regional accents, those were just the ones I could think up at these wee hours). Everybody has an accent, it just depends on where you're from and where other people are from.

I've been told by Brits, French, German, Russian, Polish and all sorts of other nationalities that my accent is strange, probably twangy. I suppose it probably is. I very much have an accent from the place I grew up, but still live there, so it isn't noticed here. My vowels probably sound pretty hard to someone who isn't used to my accent.
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I think we think it's just that - a neutral American accent.
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i assume new anchor voices are neutral american accents.
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i assume new anchor voices are neutral american accents.
Originally Posted by frau
Yes. National news anchors have neutral American accents. They actually are taught to speak like that.

And contrary to popular belief, midwesterners have regional accents that aren't neutral.
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Imagine if we all walked around talking like news anchors.
Everyone should walk around speaking the way tv presenters did on the BBC in the 1950s.
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When I was in France, people kept telling me that my voice sounded very nasally when I spoke in English. Which is odd... English isn't one of those languages that I think of as being nasally.

And then I tried to explain Pittsburghese to them, and they were like

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And it will steal your innocence
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And contrary to popular belief, midwesterners have regional accents that aren't neutral.
Originally Posted by multicultcurly
I have always believed Midwesterners to have an accent.
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
When I was in France, people kept telling me that my voice sounded very nasally when I spoke in English. Which is odd... English isn't one of those languages that I think of as being nasally.

And then I tried to explain Pittsburghese to them, and they were like
Originally Posted by SCG
Yeah, French has many more nasal sounds.
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I think people from the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, and Alaska) speak without an accent.
When I was in France, people kept telling me that my voice sounded very nasally when I spoke in English. Which is odd... English isn't one of those languages that I think of as being nasally.

And then I tried to explain Pittsburghese to them, and they were like
Originally Posted by SCG
I do think American English sounds very nasally.
I actually thought that was a known fact
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I think people from the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, and Alaska) speak without an accent.
Originally Posted by Sigi
Unless you're Sarah Palin...
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And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance
But you are not alone in this"

“My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.” - Tina Fey
Yeah, she's definitely the exception. Nobody sounds like that. I wonder if her parents are from a different state originally?

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