Emulating Accents

A funny discussion about accents. This guy moved from Gambia to the UK and he says that immigrants try to emulate the British accent, but they always end up with some weird hybrid. Accents have a large affect on someone’s impression of you. Some accents are thought of as more cultured and educated, whereas others are seen as lower class, and the people who speak with them are seen as rough.

Obviously, these judgements are just silly. The way someone speaks can only really tell you something about where they were born, and even that is not a very reliable way of telling what kind of person they are. Accents, at the end of the day, are just interesting differences in the way people speak, and diversity of language is always interesting.

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