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Amir
English accents Hello there! Have you ever noticed that English has a lot of different accents? Even in the US, you can figure out where is a person from. I think, the reason of it - a lot of vowels in the language. What do you think about it? What is the reason? 
Apr 15, 2018 9:59 PM
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Yeah, but I guess it's not only about vowels. As I understand, everything matters, speech patterns included. But yes, it never ceases to amaze me how some (many?? I really don't know) native English speakers determine other native speakers' background from their accent. What a scary superpower. Personally, I would be really surprised if anybody could say what region I'm from based on my "accent" in Russian only. Of course, people speak a little different in the republics, especially where Russian is de facto a second language, but Moscow, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok, Saint Petersburg? Almost no way to tell. Maybe there's a lonely Russian Henry Higgins somewhere that can do it without too much effort but it's usually not that easy for us ordinary people, don't you agree?

April 15, 2018
Hi Amir: Americans don’t really notice it all that much, but non-natives really do. It’s totally normal in learning any foreign language. Your ear gets tuned to hearing the language spoken in exactly one way and any variations take getting used to, and can sometimes lead to misunderstandings.  I don’t have any problem understanding anyone in the US, Australia, or the UK. But, that’s just because I’ve heard it all. But, I never pick up anyone’s accent. That just wouldn’t be normal for me. I notice the most difference in people who come from the Southeast US, like Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama or Georgia. Particularly South Louisiana. They have a very distinct way of slurring their words and swollowing vowels or something. It may have to do with the historic French influence in New Orleans. 
April 15, 2018

@L.C.

Manner of speaking, dialect and slang have always been the reflection of a step on so-called 'society ladder' in different countries all around the world

April 16, 2018
In Great Britain people also have many various accents! Even in England itself you can find some amazing difference.
April 15, 2018

Kseniia is correct. It's fairly easy for most of us here in the states to determine an area of origin of the country  based on accent and dialect. 

Mrs Tad makes a good point. For example, Americans rarely ascend to corporate or even social heights with a southern accent. Of course, I'm referring to success outside of a local area where all of the speakers sound the same. Other accents won't pass the test either. But southern US is the classic example.

April 16, 2018
Amir
Language Skills
English, Russian
Learning Language
English