“The Western Pennsylvania English accent is often considered the ugliest in all of America, so Pittsburgh locals can feel lucky that they've escaped last place this time around,” the staff at Big 7 Travel wrote in a ranking released last week that asserts Pittsburghers have the 46th least sexy accent in the nation.
General American English or General American (abbreviated GA or GenAm) is the umbrella accent of American English spoken by a majority of Americans and widely perceived, among Americans, as lacking any distinctly regional, ethnic, or socioeconomic characteristics.
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The Netherlands has emerged as the nation with the highest English language proficiency, according to the EF English Proficiency Index, with a score of 72. It is ahead of five other northern European nations at the top of the chart.
Of the seven accents identified in Babbel's study, the Deep Southern intonation ranked highest, with 20 percent of foreigners choosing it as their favorite American accent. However, only one country's citizens—Ireland—ranked the accent highest; nowhere else did the southern twang didn't quite make the top spot.
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.
The idea that there is one accent that is the most neutrally American has been around for a long time, and it is usually called “General American.” The term was coined in 1925 by the descriptive linguist George Philip Krapp as a way to describe the accent he thought was becoming the norm in the United States.
No, everyone has an accent. They just think that they have a "neutral" accent, because that's the way they expect everybody should talk. Actually, if you record your voice, you will find that your spoken voice has a slight accent, while your "inner voice" (the one you use to compose emails) has no accent.
The year 2020 saw the British accent ranked No. 1 on the list. It was crowned the sexiest accent in the world with 25 percent of the total votes. The accent proved particularly popular in countries like China, Sweden, India and the USA.
According to a Big 7 Travel survey, the accent found among New Jerseyans has the least sex appeal compared to the state accents. "Poor New Jersey dropped down one place from 2019 to end up in the last spot this year, making it the least sexy accent in America.
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.
The people of Pittsburgh in the US state of Pennsylvania have the "ugliest accent in America" - or that at least was the finding of one online survey. Gawker Media ran a competition in which 16 cities were pitted against each other, with the audience asked to vote on which city's accent they thought was ugliest.
There are changes in lexical use: dialect words that are unique to a region are much fewer as the young increasingly use words heard in the media to influence their speech. But accents themselves are not shrinking in any way that I have seen.
While the accent of the American South might be difficult to comprehend for many students of the English language, its original form was actually much closer to British English, albeit with a playful inflection.
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 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.
“The easiest to teach is the Londoner accent, or Standard British. I really love teaching more complicated ones like French or Australian, which are hard because most people tend to lean toward British sounds or Irish sounds when trying to master a new accent,” Sammi says.
Each year, a travel website polls people and ranks the sexiest and least sexy American accents. And the Texas accent was just named the sexiest accent again. It was #1 last year too. But three other accents fell out of the Top 10 this time: Mississippi, Hawaii, and St.