"ours is the original". Hahaha, such a snobby thing to say.
.... here goes:
Many people here seem to be under the impression that British English is in some way
- more correct
- more 'original'
- more authentic
- the 'first' English
- the 'mother language'
In fact, British English is NONE of these things. This simply isn't true.
When the first colonists settled in America in the very early 17th century, the language they spoke was very different from either the British or US English of today. Over the last 400 years, the two varieties diverged.
There are, in fact, some features of American English which can be seen as more 'authentic', if such a concept exists. Let's take one example : rhoticity, or the pronunciation of the 'r' sound after a vowel.
In 17th century Britain, a large proportion of the population pronounced the 'r' at the end of the word 'far'. This was the pronunciation which settlers from Britain took to America, and the one which became standard in US English.
Meanwhile, back in Britain, a 'new' trend, the pronunciation of 'far' as 'fah' came into fashion. This new style gradually took hold, and it eventually became the standard pronunciation everywhere but Scotland, Ireland and the far south west of England. So, how can 'fah' be seen as be more correct or more original than 'far'? If 'first' means 'correct', then it's the American pronunciation of this word which is 'right'.
To say that US English is an Americanised version of its 'mother language' is nonsense. The simple fact is that neither variety is better, more correct or more authentic than the other. They are simply different. Not better or worse. Just a little different.
To me it depends,
If you want to be understood by many people I'd say American. Many non-native speakers find it easier to understand American accents.
However, if you want to sound eloquent I'd say British. I'd much prefer to listen to a story read in a British accent.
P.S. Also keep in mind there are multiple varieties of both American and British accents.
@Su.Ki.:Thanks for the interesting explanation. It helps alot. Personally, I didn't think there is original in this case. Anyway,I think my own accent is blended from American, British, Arabic and even Spanish :) in the case of rrrrrrrrrr :)
Comandante, to answer your question - neither variant of English is 'the original'.
British and American English spent hundreds of years developing separately, but neither one is more original. English pronunciation in Shakespeare's time wasn't 'like' the American accent, but it was nothing like the modern-day British RP either.
What is true, however, is that there are certain features of language - pronunciation, structure and vocabulary - from several hundred years ago which American English has retained but which British English has lost. Take, for instance, the past participle 'gotten', which crossed the Atlantic in the 1700s and stayed in use there. That is one example, if you like, of American English being more 'original' than British English.
As for pronunciation, Comandante, I think you are right to be happy with your blended accent. There is no reason at all why a person from Iran or China or any other nation should need to sound like an American or a British person. English is a global language, and your main purpose for speaking it is to communicate. Providing you can communicate clearly and make yourself understood, it doesn't matter what accent you have.