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Your probably right Maj, 'cos Ozzie is kinda hard to forget. Hey, does anyone else think that KimJunIl (spell?) the leader of Nth Korea bears a striking resemblance to Ozzie's 'out there' son?
OOps, out of order.
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If you want a great singer, who sings with a truly British accent and about British themes try Billy Bragg. I have never heard him affect an American accent.
A very interesting question.

I am an American, and when I took some private singing lessons several years ago, the instructor made me alter my pronunciation when singing, explaining that the pronunciation used when we talk is distracting in music and is often difficult to understand.

The way he made me pronounce things, it sounded to me like I was trying to imitate a British accent. Most notably, my pronunciation of most vowel sounds when singing changed significantly, and the "R" sound got softened when used as a consonant, and completely disappeared when used as part of a diphthong. To this day I habitually use this alternate pronunciation when singing, though I am not a professional musician.

Much of the pronunciation change occurred almost automatically as a result of him training me to place the sound in a different part of my mouth than I was accustomed to using.

This tells me that the reason British singers seem to sound like Americans when they sing may be that we're used to hearing our professional American musicians imitate a British accent.
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I think that the British people sound somewhat "American" when singing because when they speak, their consonants are much more harder than in the American accent(s) but when singing you just have to somewhat soften the consonants... I'm neither British nor American so I can be telling rubbish. Don't mind I'm Estonian Emotion: stick out tongue.

Anyway when I listen to the different accents of English, I think the most clear one is probably the "British accent" that people talk about but for me the easiest to understand is American because most of popular films are made in America nowadays and that's where I have learnt the majority of my English... Anyway I always try to use British vocabulary when I write and speak English and I probably sound like an American with an Estonian accent who is trying to imitate the British one LOL Emotion: big smile
"There are very few American dialects which make it rather boring in my opinion!"

Very wrong. I live in the Detroit area (the midwest, which has the most straightforward, untainted pronounciation of American english giving birth to radio/tv broadcasters all over the nation) and even the small surrounding cities have noticeably different accents. On a larger extreme scale, the east coast New England area has many strong open vowels, the southern accents differ, the southwest, pacific coast.. so many people forget that America is so big geographically and culturally it has millions of accents. But in the end, we are all pinned with some twangy hick accent to represent us all. thanx, yo. just take a butchers the next time you're here. you won't adam and eve it.
Americans have tons of accents, nearly an accent per state ( minus Connecticut, we have no accent. Noah Webster lived here so every pronounciation in the Webster dictionary is how CT people say the words).

Worst Brit accent? whatever Ozzy has, he sounds like the Queen of England on crack.
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I think if you traveled extensively in the U.S. you'd find a great deal of variation. Even in central California where I live, you have extensive regional variations in both usage and accent. While most would say that Californians have no accent, this too is an oversimplification. While in college towns or among city dwellers, you see a neutral accent, in small towns in this region there are influences from Okalhoma and Arkansas, owing to emigration during the Dust Bowl years of the '30s. Where American variations differ from Brit, it seems to me, is in the class basis of it--because we're so much larger and more mobile historically, there's no way to pin a person to a class or place. I am married to a southerner, for example, and she can point out no fewer than fifty regional accents from the southern U.S. alone. Read Huck Finn sometime, including the author's note on regionalisms.
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