ive met loads of british people who seemed charmed by the idea of using the american accent (generally a little maliciously, rather than fondly)... http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1302690053&ref=profile#/video/video.php?v=1026773391915 i'm not sure if this video will work or not, but basically it's two english guys talking about the mall, jerry springer, 'massive mcdonalds,' and other things they've deemed to be 'american.' in general, the imitations i've seen have been directed more towards valley girls, etc, rather then just your average american.
The people on Jerry Springer make me want to give up hope for the human race. I like the British way of speaking, because it's so much more crisp and articulate than the American way. But I'd much rather have my New York "accent" than a Southern one.
I've heard Brits try to imitate it but, Hugh Laurie and some other actors/actresses aside, I've never heard it come out well.
I think the wonderlanndd's point was good too. There's a heck of a lot of accent variety within Britain. Kentish, Yorkish, Welsh, Scottish, Cornish, different parts of London. My Brit friends told me I sounded too posh when I tried imitating it. And after I got home, they told me I sounded a lot more American. Can't win!
I'm British but I don't have the spiffy accent like Americans portray us to have, this would mostly be because I am not from London. my accent though British is not one Americans can imitate well haha or even understand that easy. I live in the North-West of England so have one of the many Lancashire accents.
Personally i find American accents really annoying =/ I never try to imitate it. Nor do i know people that do.
On the last day of class, my British professor was goofing around and started reading the instructions for his evaluation forms with an American accent. I thought it was pretty funny (& pretty good too! :P).
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