Being online regularly, playing online games or hanging around forums, I come into contact with a lot of foreigners, particularly Americans. Often I will chat to these people and become friends outside of the game/website. But today I was chatting with an American friend and he asked me something, and it occurred to me he's the 8th American I've personally had ask me this. "Why do you have an accent? We don't have an accent in America" Me: Yes you do, the American accent is very strong and noticable Him: No, this is just how English is supposed to sound, you other guys have accents Me: No, I can tell an American accent from a single word, Him: How do we have accents? Give me specific examples Me: Well the American accent will often substitute the letter "T" for a "D", for example in the word "Water", and you put strong emphasis on the letter "R" in words like "Car", "Bar" Him: No, that's just how those words are supposed to sound. Is this a common belief? I'm genuinely curious.