The Yorkshire accent is rated as the most intelligent-sounding, beating received pronunciation, the accent of royalty and public school alumni, for the first time.
The UK is known for its rich array of regional accents and dialects.
Accordingly, we asked people what the most and least pleasant accent to listen to is. Overwhelmingly, people like the Southern accent best, followed by British and Australian accents. Southern accents tend to be thought of as friendly and welcoming, while British and Australian accents are more exotic.
This ingrained linguistic prejudice has led to studies showing that people consistently rate those with standard accents or 'prestige' accents as being more competent, intelligent, effective communicators and better suited to high status professional jobs.
According to a recent poll in the Independent, the British accent has been chosen as being the most attractive accent in the world, beating the French accent which was once know as the loveliest accent.
Preply, a Brookline-based online language learning platform, took a survey of more than 1,700 people across the country on the most loved and hated accents. The Boston accent came out on top as the most annoying, followed by the Midwestern accent.
The British, Australian, and French accents were deemed Americans' favorite, as well as the accents they find sexiest. The Welsh, Korean, and South African accents are the least sexually appealing for respondents, rounding out the bottom in that category.
English is by far the most powerful language. It is the dominant language of three G7 nations (USA, UK and Canada), and British legacy has given it a global footprint. It is the world's lingua franca. Mandarin, which ranks second, is only half as potent.
English Is Not a Measure Of Intelligence Or Education
People in India believe in the myth that knowing the English language is the only sign of being intelligent or educated. But the truth is far away from it.
According to Americans, the place in the US with the strongest accent is Boston, with 23% of people choosing this response. Another 16% say the Southern coast has the strongest regional accent, while New York and Texas were tied, with 13% saying these states had the strongest accents.
In the main, British English and American English are very similar, even with differences in spelling. In today's world, American spelling is probably winning thanks to Microsoft's spell checker. There are vocabulary differences and some can cause embarrassing situations if you only know one flavour.
There are many, very distinct, British accents. It's true that Indian accent is the most difficult one in the world to understand.
At last , it can be said that American accent is widely used than the British accent . Although the British accent is harder to understand than the American accent , but still it has some royal flavour with glamorous essence . It is always suggested that both the accents are good and beautiful .
RP English is said to sound posh and powerful, whereas people who speak Cockney English, the accent of working-class Londoners, often experience prejudice.
At first, English speakers in the colonies and England used a rhotic accent. But after the Revolutionary War, upper-class and upper-middle-class citizens in England began using non-rhotic speech as a way to show their social status.
British accents conjure stereotypes of high IQ and competence while Brooklyn and Southern accents get lower ratings on intelligence. This is not necessarily consistent with actual IQ scores, but the perception persists just the same.
Accents are an important part of our identity. An accent gives clues about who we are, and the community we belong to or wish to belong to. They're also important for those getting to grips with a new language.
The short answer is: It doesn't matter. The “quality” of your English does not depend on the origin of your accent. There's no such thing as a “good” or “bad” accent. But an understanding of clarity in English, and how your pronunciation can affect communication, does matter, and that's something you can improve.
1. Mandarin Chinese. Interestingly, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world. Mandarin Chinese is challenging for a number of reasons.
Sanskrit is probably the only known language in the world boasting of a context free grammar, which makes sentence formation utterly precise, based on set rules.
The "Scranton accent" is getting national attention. Scranton is the number 2 seed in gawker.com's contest for "America's Ugliest Accent." It's sometimes called "Coal Region speak."
According to a poll conducted by YouGov, Americans believe Boston is the one place in the United States with the strongest regional accent, with the Southern Coast trailing behind in second place. In the survey of 1,216 American adults interviewed, 23 percent said Boston has the strongest accent.
While we all get hot and bothered and by a strong foreign accent, not all accents are equally arousing. According to a survey of 5,000 men and women conducted by OnePoll, the Irish accent is the sexiest.