https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

It's about the difference of English accents .

Hello !

I master English language .

I want to know if I can uderstand any accent after learning English , for example there are accents like ( British - American - Candian - Australian ,,,,,, ) the question here is ' Can I understand all native speakers when they speak in different accent ??? because English is full of accents and dialects . I read that you can't understand the accents , that make me so sad !!!! ^_^ please tell me if I'm right .

Thanks for reading .

April 10, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espatially

I'm a native English speaker, even I can't understand all other native speakers. There is more than one American accent, more than one UK accent. Don't worry about it too much. Recognition of the accents comes with time.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

I hope that . Thanks .

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espiraden

I'm a native English speaker, and I've never had any troubles with other accents :) I guess it just depends on the person.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

You're native , but we're not ^^

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espiraden

Yes, but I saw some other Natives saying that they had some difficulties, so i just thought i'd give my 2 cents :)

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3
April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espiraden

I restate my previous statement: I never had troubles with most accents :p

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

What you have described are not just accents, they are also dialects which is different. An accent is mainly the way the words sound whereas a dialect has different vocabulary and even grammar. There is no clear ditinction between accent/dialect and language.

To answer your question though some accents can be understood quite easily but others are very difficult to understand and may sound like a foreign language.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Yes , this is the problem , but is there a solution ?

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannahviolinist

I am a native English speaker and I don't understand some accents. I actually have a southern American accent so some people can't understand me when I talk. I can understand them fine, though. If you hear enough of an accent, you will start to understand it. You might just want to start out listening to the accent slowly.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

I think that . ILETS has a listening and speaking test , the speakers have a lot of accents and dialects , so it may be difficult to someone to understand what they are saying . ^^

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SLEJ4

People from different English-speaking countries all sound different. English is my first language. Once I was in England and a person came up to me and said something. I didn't understand him and I figured out that he was speaking English! Every accent is different.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

What's the solution to understand them ?

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SLEJ4

I think I need to listen very carefully! However, most other people don't have an accent like that. The one man had a VERY strong accent.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

I didn't understand this sentence " The one man had a VERY strong accent " please , explain what you mean in this sentence .

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SLEJ4

Sorry, the one man that I didn't understand had a strong accent.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Oh ! yes , there's a lot of speakers with strong accent . I think the differences is :- 1) the pronounciation 2) speed speech .

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espatially

Try watching TV programs from different countries with the captions on. Pay close attention to the vowels, as most consonants are uniform throughout the English-speaking world.

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

After you learn English here on Duo? If you can understand one English accent after you learn it here on Duo, then you are quite gifted.

If you're asking about years from now, then yes, but it takes some training. I purposely watched a couple of British movies with subtitles just to learn their accent and vocabulary. Overall it's not hard to learn to understand accents. A couple of youtube videos and movies, and you should be fine.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

I've been learning English for 9 years ^^ , so I know it well . I can understand Britishes and some Americans , but I read that native speakers can't understand each other in other accents in one country .

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

That's because they were caught off guard. For example, I have no interests in understanding Scottish, so I have never paid attention to Scottish people speak. If one comes up to me right now, I may not understand what he's saying. But if I make a point to understand them, say I'm going to travel there soon, I can look up a few youtube videos and after a week or two, I should be ok.

I just looked up a Scottish YouTube video. I can understand most of what they're saying. There are words that I don't understand but as a whole I understand what they're saying.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pfirsch_

In England there is a broad variety of English accents which I've noticed for the time I've lived there. At first if I have to admit, some accents are quite tricky, I find the further north in England the harder it is to understand because the English taught is spoken mainly in the south(+south east, south west). Although some may be difficult, eventually you will be able to understand clearly, or at least that was how it was for me. I just had to listen out for the different sounds. Now, it's rather simple for me to distinguish the accents, if this was luck or general I'm not sure but hopefully general.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Ok , I'll listen to accents , I hope I'll be able to understand the speakers . I can understand the advanced English learners , but I can't understand all native speakers .

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Looks like you're from Egypt. I don't know much about Arabic, but I think that means you might have trouble understanding a Moroccan speaking in a customary Moroccan manner, for example. Yet life goes on. When in an English speaking place, you'll learn to understand its particular variety of English. The best thing you can do in advance is expose yourself to various varieties. You could easily find it's the case that you can't understand people talking to each other, but you can understand when they talk to you. But that's what matters.

I am an American living in the U.S. There is an Irish waiter at an Irish pub I frequent. Mostly there's no problem understanding him, but Irish English has some phonetic differences, making some words homophones (or at least close to it) that aren't in American English. But you figure it out; you know he's probably not talking about "tree dollars" :)

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Yeah ! you're right Thanks for encouragement.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ema439209

You are right, there are many many accents and dialects, even from region to region inside one country. It is the same for us "native speakers". (I use subtitles in English to watch some foreign English TV shows) But this is not only true for English. It is true in Japan where the language is only spoken in one country and nearly 100% of the residents speak Japanese.

Solution. Learn the standard version of English the English speaking country that you are most interested in. Don't worry about the rest. The rest will come with experience.

They speak English in Jamaica too. Lovely accent! yeh man.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Yeah , you're right . I'll also listen to other accents . Thank you !

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

From easier to harder for learners of English to understand:

  • Canadian
  • American
  • British
  • Australian
  • Scottish
  • Scots (different language from English, but an English speaker can understand a Scots speaker)
April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Regarding Scots, certainly any native English speaker can understand the start and end of this, but my native competence in American English certainly doesn't allow me to make much headway as to the meaning of the middle part.

To Mohamedn123, Scots is not something you need to be worried about :)

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Thank you . I can understand British and American English . I'll listen to other dialects like Canadian and Australian to master them . English is so easy , but the reason made me sad is that some native speakers can't understand each other in the global language ( English ) . Thanks for encouragement.

April 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zerr_

It would be hard to find someone who couldn't understand the written form, and I've seen several videos in Scots that I can almost completely understand.

It's a bit like Norwegian and Swedish, from what I understand.

But yes, you will not find much in Scots unless you look for it.

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeNolan6

Many regional American accents have softened over the years, in large part because of TV.

When I was in high school , back in the 60's, I spent part of a summer in the deep south, and the locals were nearly impossible for me to understand. A friend of mine grew up in Boston but has lived in Chicago for the last 50 years, yet he still has a noticeable Boston accent. I'm told I still have a bit of an eastern Iowa mixed with Chicago accent even though I've lived in Nebraska for 40 years.

George Bernard Shaw was not joking when he wrote in Pygmalion that many Britons could be placed within a few miles based on their language. British accents have also softened over the years, but if you listen to the debates in the House of Commons on the Internet, there are some accents that are still pretty thick.

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

I'll try to listen to these accents.

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidBent1

I teach English as a volunteer to new immigrants here in Sydney- My Israeli student says Aussies speak so quickly and so it is just a case of constantly listening and you get the rhythm of the language eventually- good luck with your studies, Mohamed - I do not think English is an easy language to learn ?

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

No , English is very easy ^^ . In the begining , it was difficult ( I speak Arabic language ) . It became easy , but it has a lot of words .

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScotaMen10P

Hi Mohamed, can you get any British TV shows especially the 'soaps'. They would be a good thing to watch for different accents because the 'soaps' are set in different towns and regions.

April 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Yes , I watch British shows , but I didn't get ' soaps ' I'll search for it .

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScotaMen10P

Soaps means 'soap opera'. The shows are set a town or city and they are about everyday life. The most famous ones are:- EastEnders - in London, Coronation Street - in Manchester, Hollyoaks - in Chester, Emmerdale - in Yorkshire. There is a wide range of different accents in each of these "soaps".

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

I think , they are useful . I'll see them . Thank you so much for your clarification .^^

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScotaMen10P

:)

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Where are you from ? Britain ?

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScotaMen10P

yes from Britian

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

I'm from Egypt ^^ .

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

I have been learning English for 10 years . I also learn here German and Spanish .

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScotaMen10P

Your English is very good. I am learning Italian with Duolingo. I think it was around 2 months ago that I started. I have learnt German when I was at University.

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Thank you , English is an easy language . In my opinion , Spanish is similar to Italian . I'll learn Italian after finishing learning Spanish . Did you find German easy to learn ?

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScotaMen10P

I found many German words were similar to English. The grammar is very tricky to understand. I want to continue with Italian and then when i finish the tree i might go to revise on German.

April 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammed_trans

Yes , they are derived from the Germanic language . In my opinion , grammar is quite easy . I'll learn Italian after Spanish .

April 13, 2017
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