I teach for a living but have a lot of linguistic baggage that I'd like to get rid of. Specifically, I have some weird pronunciation/accent issues and would like to speak "General American" or newscaster English. Is this something I can do on my own? What resources should I use? [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Feb 27, 2013 -
How could I describe in a non-technical way how certain English-speakers maintain a distinction between the "w" and "wh" sound? A certain amount of technical description could help. Its for a character in a story. For example: "The beginning of his 'what' still comes from deep within his throat." I don't know if that's technically true and it sounds awesomely terrible but something like that. [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque
on Jul 13, 2012 -
Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
posted by curious nu
on May 6, 2012 -
"American English is like a mugger in a back alley who, instead of taking your wallet, takes your pocket dictionary".
I read a quote in this vein a while ago and I'm trying to identify the actual quote and the source.
posted by chara
on Sep 12, 2011 -
Can someone give me a primer on translating the British terms for wall / house paint into their American equivalents? [more inside]
posted by holgate
on Nov 24, 2009 -
Is it a widespread behavior for multilingual speakers of english to get a more anglicized accent when talking to a native speaker? [more inside]
posted by Non Prosequitur
on Aug 22, 2009 -
England and America, two countries separated by a common language. Check. What I'm looking for are resources that cover the differences in spoken English (accent, syntax, diction, catch-phrases - it's all good) between the two countries circa 1776-1815. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones
on Apr 20, 2009 -
When Americans talk about things like bands and sports teams they use the singular but when people in the UK/Ireland do so they use the plural. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by daveirl
on Aug 11, 2005 -
Why do Americans use the expression "I could care less"
Surely it's "I could NOT care less"
posted by johnny7
on Jun 10, 2005 -