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Choosing Between a British and American Accent

说在前面的话:

 

现在市场上有外教的培训机构很多,但外教的教学质量良莠不齐,有些机构在误人子弟。先不说来自菲律宾新加坡的“母语”老师,事实上, 就算是白人,英语口音也不见得地道。因为即使来自于欧洲国家,除了英国人以外,其他地方的人英语也是他们的第二外语,都夹杂着母语的口音影响。举例来说:你想和小沈阳学习普通话吗?又或者想学习四川普通话的口音?

 

我们OHC 语言中心的总部主管为加拿大广电总局的前文职雇员,我们的英语老师全部来源于加拿大首都渥太华土生的教师,他们将用科学系统的教学方法,教你掌握纯净的北美口语。

 

下面翻译的这边文章,就是让您初步了解各地区英语口音的差异。
 

 

选择英国口音还是美国口音

 

每个英语学习者都会在某个时间点面临这样的决定:我想要学习美国口音还是英国口音?好莱坞的魅力还是伦敦的雅致?华尔街之狼还是唐宁街10号?

决定,决定......

当然,在选择去哪里学习英语还有很多更重要的因素要考虑,但事实上人们会根据口音判断你,所以不要低估英语口音差异带来的影响!

 

 

选项1:美国口音

这是最受欢迎的英语口音。美国电影,音乐,电视和超过3.5亿北美人(包括加拿大人,呃)在全世界传播,这是大多数人最容易理解的口音,无论是母语人士还是非母语人士。

美国口音有一种内在的魅力:为什么你认为几乎所有的歌手 - 甚至是英国人 - 在唱歌时都会采用美国口音? (
听下面Adele谈话和唱歌时口音的不同

 

北美的口音不像英国的口音那么多变种,但仍然有一些独特的品种,比如波士顿,纽约和美国南方口音特别引人注目。

 

美国口音如何评价


旅行化的和国际化的口音,你在大城市里就像在同一屋檐下一样舒适。您可以享受全球文化,了解最新趋势,并跟随上周围发生的事情。你将在世界各地被理解。
优点:英语世界的第一团体,全球大部分的人都能理解的英语口音。
缺点:全球大多数人都理解的英语口音,大家都这样的口音......是不是有点无聊?

选项2:英国口音

英国口音是什么? 走访苏格兰,威尔士和爱尔兰/北爱尔兰,口音将大不相同。

大多数人可能会将英国口音与英国广播公司BBC的英语口音联系在一起,认为BBC口音应该是一种折中的形式,但实际上它类似于伦敦各郡富裕中产阶级的英语。 这也是好莱坞电影中邪恶博士的标准口音。

英国口音如何评价


你熟悉传统,享受小资,并喜好美好的音乐。 你融入了传统的会谈,给人以良好教育的印象。
优点:精致,受人尊重,通常被认为是最性感的英式口音。
缺点:全球很多人听不太懂,有可能听起来有点排外小团体的意味。


OHC小编注: 美式英语经常化简句子,有些单词只是暗示出来并没有实际放在句子里,这在英式英语中一般是不会出现的甚至被认为错误。

举例来说:


Jim: “Are you going to go to the store on your way home?”    (美式英语为:Are you going to the store on your way home?)

Jan: “I could go to the store. What do you need?”    (美式英语为:I could. What you need?)


备选方案3:澳大利亚/新西兰/南非

澳大利亚人和新西兰人喜欢互相取笑许多事情,包括口音。 与此同时,南非口音有一个特立独行的风格:

这些口音不像北美和英国口音那么容易识别,但每个口音都有其独特之处。 有趣的是,澳大利亚/新西兰人在一句话结束时(称为尾音升调,许多语言来表示问题的音调)的尾音上扬,已经影响到其他很多英语口音变种。

这几种口音如何评价


将英国和美国的口音留给大众。 你选择了自己的阳光道,走在赤道以南,经历了另一种生活方式。
优点:有个性。 背上你的帆布背包,进行一番探险。
缺点:人们可能会和你谈论蟋蟀,所以要做好准备!



备选方案4:印度/菲律宾/新加坡/马来西亚

印度英语口音很容易区分。印度人说英语的口音最差。大多数都不可理解。大多数听众都不认为他们听到的是英语。

几个世纪以来,菲律宾人将西班牙语作为主流外语。菲律宾英语的口语和写作受到当地本地语言很大的影响。此外,西班牙语的影响仍然存在,因此菲律宾人所犯的发音错误可能类似于Ilocano(菲律宾语之一),Visayas(菲律宾语之二),墨西哥口音和南美洲口音。

新加坡人的英语听起来很像中国话,掺杂一点英国口音和印度口音。

马来西亚的口音似乎融合了英国口音,中国口音,泰米尔口音和马来语的影响。


如何评价这几种口音

讲真,如果你去美国,加拿大或欧洲时没有人能理解你,那你学习英语有什么意义呢?
优点:展示您的英语技能,让您的亚洲对话伙伴听起来感到舒适。

缺点:你是谁?你在说什么?你知道自己在干嘛吗?

Adele - Someone Like You (Live in Her Home)   

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福原爱接受英国记者采访,临时请一位美国裁判帮忙翻译

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原文如下 >>>>


Every learner of English faces the decision at some point: do I want an American accent or a British accent? Hollywood glamour or London sophistication? Wolf of Wall Street or Downing Street?


Decisions, decisions…


Of course, there are more important factors when choosing where to study English, but people make judgements based on accents, so don’t underestimate the difference that choosing your English accent will make!



Option 1: the American accent


The most popular English accent of them all. Spread around the world by American cinema, music, television and more than 350 million North Americans (including Canadians, eh), this is the easiest accent for most people to understand, whether native speakers or non-native speakers.


There is something inherently glamourous about the American accent: why do you think almost all singers – even Brits – adopt an American accent when singing? (Listen to the difference when Adele talks and sings)


The accents of North America are less varied than Britain’s accents, but there are still some distinctive varieties, with Boston, New York and the South being particularly noticeable.


What an American accent says about you

Travelled and international, you are just as comfortable in the biggest cities as on a ranch. You consume global culture, know the latest trends and keep up with what’s going on around you. You will be understood around the world.


For: The number one global form of English, understood by the most people worldwide.

Against: The number one global form of English, understood by the most people worldwide… isn’t that just a little bit boring?



Option 2: the British accent


Just what is the British accent? Visit Scotland, Wales and Ireland/Northern Ireland and the accents will be very different again.

Most people probably associate the British accent with the English of the BBC, which is supposed to be a neutral form, but in reality resembles the English of the wealthier middle classes in the counties around London. This is also the standard accent for the supervillain in Hollywood movies.


What a British accent says about you

You understand tradition, enjoy the finer things in life and probably listen to good music. You are plugged into the tradition of conversation and give the impression of being well educated.


For: Sophisticated, respected and often considered the sexiest English accent.

Against: Less understood globally, potential to sound a little snobby.



Option 3: Aussie/Kiwi/South African


Australians and New Zealanders like to tease each other about many things, including accents. Meanwhile the South African accent has a unique and distinctive twang:


These accents are less instantly recognisable than the North American and British accents, but each is distinctive in its own right. Interestingly, the Aussie/Kiwi tendency to rise in pitch at the end of a sentence (known as the High Rising Terminal, and used in many languages to signal a question) has spread to other varieties of English.


What these accents say about you

Leave the British and American accents to the masses. You have chosen your own path, gone south of the Equator and experienced another way of life.


For: Individuality. Rucksack on your back, you have been on an adventure.

Against: People may talk to you about cricket, so be prepared!



Option 4: Indian/Philippine/Singapore/Malaysia


The Indian English accent is easily distinguishable. Indian's have the worst accent for speaking English, period. Most are not understandable. Most make no attempt to sound English.


Filipinos speak English after centuries of having Spanish as the prestige foreign language. A Filipino's English speech/writing may be influenced by their local languages. In addition, the Spanish influence is still there, so the pronunciation mistakes that Filipinos make can be similar to Ilocano, Visayas, Mexicans and South Americans.


Singaporean English sounds a lot like Chinese with a slight British and Indian influence.


The Malaysian accent appears to be a melding of British, Chinese, Tamil and Malay influences.


What this says about you

Seriously what is the point if no one can understand you when you go to America,  Canada or Europe ?


For: Demonstrates your skill with English, makes your asian conversation partner comfortable.

Against: Who are you? What are you saying really? Do you even know any more?