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travelingthinker travelingthinker 26-30, M 6 Answers Nov 30, 2012 in Movies & TV

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The people on TV don't talk with a "Midwestern" accent. I know, because I grew up near Chicago and now that I have moved to the western part of the country, I can hear the Midwestern accent. It's not what you hear on TV. Neither is the Eastern accent. What you hear on TV is a West accent: California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, etc. It's a very straight accent....or kind of a non-accent. There is very little inflection...compared to the Midwestern accent which is very nasal and makes the word "dad" have 2 syllables...

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Prolly not as much

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The American accent is common to the world because of TV and movies. Everyone grows up with. I know asian kids who have American accents because they learnt it by watching cartoons when they were young. I have non idea how that works.

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Most actors use a flat mid-western accent simply because it is more intelligible to a wider audience. It's a bit like asking if people prefer flat soda or computerized voices.

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you mean like asking if they want a plain donuts or muffin? I don't know anyone who finds flat soda or computerized voices intelligible or palatable

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Yeah, bland foods are a better example. The whole point is for the actor to use as little accent as possible and as few colloquialisms as possible to make themselves intelligible to a wider audience. Some have suggested part of the success of the English language has been the fact that with a few exceptions almost all English language speaking people can relatively easily make themselves understood to one another.

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hold on... come to london for a week and maybe you will want to rephrase your statement LOL

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I'm saying most people can make themselves understandable to one another if they try, not that it comes naturally to them.

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I think they think americans don't know how to spell or talk correctly because "they" are very proper in "their" pronunciation etc. So I would think they would be more amused than impressed.

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you think british people are so much better in the english language then americans? uv never been in britain i guess ;p

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