There is no best accent - even at the source of the modern English language the accent is still just one accent of English. If you are Indian you should have an Indian English accent, Australian should be Oz English and so on . . the only important thing is your pronunciation.
Preferred or best suited for what? If you live in the UK, you'll probably be learning and using that. If you live in the US...who knows? There are so many accents here that it doesn't really matter. If you're talking about answering phones from India for your work, it depends on who your customers generally are.
Well, for the time being I will assume you are female and French (all french girls are cute). Or Irish. Or Swedish. Anything but one of those bloody British! Just because they have a big clock they think they are important and better but they can't even talk right.
Well, of Scotch descent, anyway. She's rather proud of it, while I'm just another mongrel and have no idea where my ancient roots are. British, maybe . There used to be a scottish festival where we lived and we had a lot of fun there each year.
Tsk! "scotch" is a whisky. She may be of Scottish descent. I am Scottish, not Scotch. Ach...don't ask me the difference, it's all just words!! I'd be interested in knowing about the festival all the same. If it wasn't the start of the Glasgow fair fortnight (2nd week in July) it had to be Hogmanay! Or is there another?
So I married a whiskey? Does this mean she will age particularly well?
No, no, no. The festival was somewhere in the Eastern US. Around Washington D.C. I think (about 30 years ago!). Her father was very interested and found out about it - we all went several times.
To do something like the Glasgow event would be absolute heaven for her and is something I would love to do as well. I enjoy participating in and learning about other cultures (Always go to the Basque festival in Idaho) and to do it in the homeland would be really neat.
Now there's another wee bit of learning for all us, whisky as in 'Scotch whisky' does not have an 'e' in the spelling. But it does in the US. Still no idea what festival was being celebrated, but then all true Scots will celebrate any day because we can The Spanish do it too, 'why was there a fireworks display tonight?' Reply, 'because it's a Monday'. Or Tuesday, or Wednesday...etc
I get a real kick out of the differences in terminology and spelling all the time. The first time I saw "learnt" on here I wasn't sure if the writer was just illiterate or careless, but saw it so many times I finally looked it up. For sure, I never "learned" that word! Now I see "earnt" occasionally, too, and never noticed your "whisky" (spell checker says all 3 are wrong). You guys are going to ruin my spelling awards!
Never been to the "loo", either, and certainly never "snogged" (got that one from Harry Potter). I find it fun, but sometimes it can be a head scratcher, too!
Those got to me too at first - learnt; amongst....
Another difference that I notice is that we Americans tend to use singular verbs with the name of a country or a business, and the Brits (not sure about Kiwis and Ozzies) use the plural. (Trying to think of examples, but none of them sound particularly helpful....)
That reminds me of my mom. She lived most of her life in Mississippi until we moved to Virginia. She lived there for 40 years, but everyone there still thought she sounded "different" even after the 40 years (those two are distinctively different Southern accents). Now she has moved back to MS, and there everyone thinks she sounds like she's from Virginia!
I come from Russia, but having lived in New Zealand for almost 10 years, I've lost a lot of my Russian accent. To a point, where people wouldn't mistake me for a foreigner lol. I have a slight accent, but only the very...
I am a relatively new American ESL teacher and fell into crisis the other day teaching prepositions (ON Christmas, ON the weekend, AT noon) when my student looked at me like I was an idiot and pointed out that the...