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By Kayak - / Sunday 29 December 2014 23:23 / United Kingdom
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By  Fuaaad1994  |  30

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  Damian95  |  16

I'm an American, and I hate people bashing the US about doing things wrong. No nationality is wrong in the way of speech, ethics, eating, etc... They are just all different. So it's not cool to judge something someone can't help.

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  oj101  |  33

The tourist probably went to Northern England (Liverpool/Newcastle), but was expecting the recieved pronunciation type that you typically find in the Home Counties and London as it's the most portrayed on TV. Heck, I'm British myself, and sometimes I couldn't understand northerners when I lived in England. I wouldn't blame the tourist personally. In fact, Cheryl Cole was popular in the US, but no one could understand her, so she didn't make it big there in the end.

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who said the people in the car were american? there are different classes of british english in the same way backwoods english is not the same as whatever language they speak in the brox

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  niallo  |  23

Before I came to the US, I worked in a supermarket in Ireland. I had a French tourist who didn't speak English, complain that no one spoke French. I so wanted to yell at her that we weren't in France.

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  ThatsMyPie  |  20

#90, I know that this is going to be down voted to hell, but I'm surprised no one there spoke french. It's a pretty common language.

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  niallo  |  23

#109 It's not a common language. It's a well known language. And to go to another country and expect them to speak your language (no matter how common it is) is the hight of rudeness. I'm sorry. You're just not that important (the tourist).

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  Dt33345  |  13

It says so IN THE FML.

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  niallo  |  23

Most people in the US speak English. The accent might make it hard to understand, but US tourists find that quaint.

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  dachayke  |  16

Probably American, a lot of us are stupid like that.

By  JACKxRAWR  |  22

I hate people like that. I had an American try to tell me that the American accent was the true way to speak English and we'd changed our accents after the USA was formed.

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  Doodleoodlebug  |  18

I was asked by a Turk where I lived as I have a North East accent living in the South East. It's like we all have to speak "British" like all American Tv shows depict us!

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  tj4234  |  35

There may be a partial truth to that (with the bollocks part being that we went to the effort of changing our accents after the US was formed). Some linguists argue that because American English is closer to Old English than British English is, that the American pronunciations are also closer. However there is a flaw there, in that Scots is also closer to Old English than British English is... so the truth is is that we just don't know.

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  Doodleoodlebug  |  18

Gan canny with those wee bairns pet is WAY more English than diapers, potato chips and jelly!

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  tj4234  |  35

specifically I meant border Scots English. But yes :). In fact (I'm pretty sure I mentioned this on another FML actually), Linguists also believe that Shakespeare spoke with what is now a modern day Ayrshire accent.

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  kelseythompson  |  27

It doesn't even matter if you're from the US, in my opinion a person can't claim that they speak in a way that right purely based on accent or their use of different words. I live in Minnesota and compared to other Americans I speak differently. Whether you're from Tennessee or Minnesota.. the UK or Australia everyone speaks differently.. who cares about what's "more english"

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  duude989  |  7

I'm ashamed to be an American.

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  jordzy  |  8

Actually it's the exact opposite

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  dachayke  |  16

You're right there really is no such thing as a "British accent" since that was what the language sounded like when it was first created.

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  Sports_guy3  |  28

No shit! You're comment makes other Americans feel terrible. You're free to leave anytime.

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  DaMann360  |  19

Don't be ashamed. Be proud! I may not like lots of their decisions or some of the politicians but that doesn't change who I am. I was born and raised in the States. I love this country. God bless America! By the way, I'm not saying this with any biases towards other countries. I have no problem with people from other countries.

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  JACKxRAWR  |  22

My main problem with the "America have the unchanged dialect" argument is that there were so many other nationalities other than English that went into the formation of the USA. Purely for that reason it makes far more sense that their accents would've changed dramatically.

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  ccubsfan94  |  1

They are actually somewhat right. But it wasn't because America was formed. it was because the rich didn't want to sound like the poor. then the poor moved.

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That is the exact reason I want to move to Canada. At least they realize they're not the only fricken country in the world. America is like an alcoholic family member. You love him, but you don't want to be around him because of the things that he does. And you want to help him get better, but he won't listen.

By  Nordrag  |  25

When being a tourist in someone elses country it is always best to assume they are all wrong in their native language, and it is in fact you, the tourist, who is correct.

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