Would an American trying to speak British English be rude?

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  1. w00tmaster macrumors regular

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    Although I'm an American living in Germany, I was just enchanted by the (real) English language on a recent trip to London. So much so that I want to try to "pick up" British English as it were. Not so much the accent(I cannot try to imitate a British accent without coming off like a jerk) but the British English words and mannerism(over say American English)

    Would people care? Or would they just think I'm being a jerk? How can avoid eliciting such opinions?
     
  2. Reaver macrumors 6502

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    I had a friend move to england with his wife and two years later when he came back for a visit he spoke as if he was british. it was like he was born and raised there it was scary and cool at the same time. so no I dont think you would come across as rude.
     
  3. skunk macrumors G4

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    You might have to prepare yourself for a bit of leg-pulling. :)
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    You should throw "Cheerio!" into your repertoire.
     
  5. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Like skunk, I think you'll have to prepare yourself for a fair bit of ribbing. I suppose the worst that could happen is if you were to meet an English guy or gal and they thought you were taking the piss* out of them in some way – it could cause offence if you're not too careful. I think the leg pulling is more likely, though

    *There's a phrase to start you off! ;)
     
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  7. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Lesson Number 1:

    Most British people despise this term.
     
  8. skunk macrumors G4

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    Dick Van Dyke, the Cockney Sparrer, springs to mind.
     
  9. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    Really? How else might American English be described?
     
  10. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I hate it when Americans think they are doing a good impression of a British accent when really its just a crap impression of the Queen. No one talks like that and no one knows her either. Oh and no I dont live near London. :rolleyes:
     
  11. seanf macrumors 6502

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    Just as American

    Sean :)
     
  12. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    To be honest it is rarely considered, only when a spell checker tries to correct something perfectly legitimate, then a call of stupid americans can quite often be heard.

    On this point is there any downloadable english dictionary for the mac.
     
  13. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Yes. Its bascially English with words spelt wrong! :D
     
  14. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Gawd bless ya, Mr skunk! You're a proper gent and no mistake.

    *dances off to clean chimmernies*
     
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Abstract's Random Tip for sounding less American:


    Tip #1: If you are not in America, and someone asks you where you live, don't tell them what State you live in. You come from "The US", or "(insert city name here)". Your State is not the most important thing in other parts of the world, although it seems to be in America.

    German: "Where do you come from?"
    Typical American: "I'm from Nebraska."

    If someone asks me where I'm from, I'm quite confident that I wouldn't tell them that I'm from Ontario (my province), or New South Wales (the state I live in now). :rolleyes: In another country, I tell people I'm Canadian, or that I'm from Toronto, and that I live just south of Sydney.
     
  16. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    I think that would be infinitely more irritating for most Brits.

    Are you asking how to change the spell-check dictionary from American English to British English? If so, see here.
     
  17. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    In the Language pane of System Preferences, I dragged Australian English to the top of the list and this helped my inbuilt spell-checker work properly. Booya!


    As for the actual topic, I agree with Allotriophagy that most attempts by non-British people to sound British come off as sounding pretentious. It's a shame 'cause it's a splendid accent. Arrrr...

    Eep, that was yesterday.
     
  18. seanf macrumors 6502

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    Yes and you don't need to add the Country name if you mention a Capital City. People know where Paris and London are without you saying Paris, France and London, England ;)

    Nope, we speak English and Americans have their own mangled language, simply referred to as American (or it is around here!).

    Sean :)
     
  19. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    Sure, and I guess they speak Brazilian in Brazil.
     
  20. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Someone from Portugal may think so...
     
  21. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I love some good Brazilian. The smoothest language around. :cool:
     
  22. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you're from Ontario...
     
  23. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I find Brazilian can get a bit prickly after a while though.
     
  24. seanf macrumors 6502

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    That post was not directed at Abstract, it was an additional to the part of the post I quoted. Everyone else managed to work that out though.

    Sean :)
     
  25. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    Eh? You've lost me there, I'm afraid.

    Paris and London are both places in Ontario, Canada.
     

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