Do you prefer learning American, British, or any other type of English?
I know this is a typical question, but as an English teacher students often ask me where the "best English" is spoken?
Traditionally it was taught in the UK that "received pronunciation" was the best accent to learn, to understand it better say how the Queen speaks and how people at the BBC speak. But over the past few years society has opened up, and it's popular for there to be a variety of accents and for people from all areas of the country to be well represented in the media.
I have had such a variety of opinions from students and parents in Spain regarding accents, I am often surprised.
For example some have told me that Irish English is more "pure".
I have also had Americans call my British accent 'cute'.
Some students say they understand American English better. Could this be from watching American films and series more often as they are very popular in general?
In my case being British, I really enjoy watching shows and films in American, Australian, New Zealand, British, Irish, Canadian, South African English, to get that variety and richness that is individual to each country, and to see how pronunciation, typical phrases and expressions have developed and may have gone into different or parallel directions as the case may be.
What are your thoughts?