Why American Actors Suck At British Accents

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  • Published on:  Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Lots of British actors have really nailed their American accents, but Americans can't seem to imitate their peers across the pond. We spoke with Erik Singer, a dialect coach based in New York, to find out why British actors appear to be so much more skillful when it comes to accents and dialect on the big screen.

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  • normie twice removed

     (Jun 15, 2018)

    I think it's partly because of the amount of American media we consume as British people. We are constantly surrounded by american movies and tv shows all our lives so its easier to imitate the accent.

  • James Longstaff

     (5 days ago)

    Although I probably watch American media the most as well, I really do enjoy British media. (Including the BBC)

  • Victoria Kesselly

     (Feb 11, 2019)

    So true hence why we know more of their culture more than they know of our culture. Also when watching all these American shows we tend to get confused which word is American and such is British e.g vacation (wich is the American term) and holiday (wich is the British term) these are common mistakes we do.

  • PastaSam

     (Jul 14, 2018)

    This dude just went from unarguably American to unarguably British in 0.2 seconds flat. Incredible, I'd love to be that talented at accents.

  • Baron Thundercunt

     (4 days ago)

    Southern English is what he was doing, my accent. Even then it's just one of the southern accents. I'd call it middle class London centric. The accents vary so wildly you really have to be that specific. In the same area there's cockney, chav/roadman, received pronunciation, upper class southern etc.

  • i_am_elizabeth

     (5 days ago)

    I'm great at doing accents, don't mean to brag 😉

  • Produce 101 :D

     (Aug 11, 2018)

    Tom Holland can do his American accent AMAZINGLY

  • LunarGrey

     (Jan 31, 2019)

    I mean been British makes it really easy at accents

  • Gaybo

     (Oct 24, 2018)

    He’s faking an American accent the whole time

  • Leaf Tree

     (Jan 30, 2019)

    Spoiler

  • MaggiePayne916

     (Jan 7, 2019)

    He sounds Irish

  • w23857980

     (Aug 4, 2018)

    because Americans didn't grew up with British media.

  • A Cote

     (1 day ago)

    +Single Larity I think you're missing the point lol

  • Thomas Crowston

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    +Joseph Docherty Me too

  • C J

     (Jun 3, 2018)

    This may be something too idk but in the UK, we are bombarded with American culture through music and tv shows and games and books etc from a very young age. I learned how to spell certain words the American way or say certain words that I'd heard in american tv shows and I'd have no idea how to pronounce it in my scottish accent. It may be nothing Americans may be have shows from the uk too but here quite a number of our shows are american from an early age

  • A Cote

     (1 day ago)

    +C J not nearly to the same extent as you guys though. We have mainly US shows to watch as kids

  • Jojo Purplez

     (Dec 16, 2018)

    Steven Leahy no I’m British and British people put on the American accent cause it’s popular and it’s in right now . There are singers like jorja smith who use their accent and there’s mr medicine song loads more too

  • Lewis Murphy

     (Sep 21, 2018)

    Can we just agree that we’re all terrible At each others accents

  • Anthony Labriola

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    The real accent was the friends we made along the way.

  • Dean Wilcox

     (Oct 18, 2018)

    I was today years old when I found out Rick from The Walking Dead is British in real life

  • Beary the Bear

     (3 days ago)

    Dean Wilcox I noticed when he would break his accent and you can here his English accent. Especially when he said Carl

  • Reagan Butrum

     (Jul 18, 2018)

    When I hear someone fake a British accent im like "wow they're great" and British people cringe like "what the heck are you doing". I think it is also the same the other way around. I think I can do a pretty good British accent but if a British person heard me they'd probably think I was crazy. Also, I cannot tell the difference between a British accent and an Australian accent.

  • RialVestro

     (Feb 9, 2019)

    If you can't tell the difference between British and Australian no wonder you can't tell if an accent is bad. I can tell you right now just because you said that, you can't do a British accent. If you could you would know Australian is totally different. Your fake a accent is likely going to sound like a mix up of the two and anyone who hears it is just going to be confused as to which one you're trying to do or not recognize either. It might be good for Victor Von Doom though. Since he's from a countr...

  • Banjo Billy

     (Feb 2, 2019)

    Australian is lazy British

  • JessieBanana

     (Nov 24, 2018)

    Or you’re like me and you’re a god damn accent sponge. I can’t travel or be around people from a different regional area without changing the way I speak. It comes in handy for learning a language, but more often than not it’s embarrassing. I don’t want people to think I’m copying them or am trying to be pretentious. It’s not a conscious thing and I have to catch myself doing it.

  • Sahara Bond

     (1 day ago)

    I do the same thing and get shit on for it .

  • JUNGSHOOK SONYEONDAN

     (Feb 12, 2019)

    Same!!!