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American accents and phrases

Just been on the phone to Netflix and got an American representative,  who hardly knew who to pronounce things on our side of the atlantic.  I gave her an email address and she assumed it was @skay when it was supposed to be @sky.  Next thing I wanted to cancel my trial membership she didn't know what I was talking about.  I told her I had a UK accent with a geordie tone.  She asked if I could pretend to speak american.  Well have been to america before so I could easily do it.  Why is it so difficult. Theatre is not spelt Theater.  Why is Car automobile?  And especially my favourite sandwich Peanut butter and Jelly (Jelly= Jam)  WHY!!!  If they speak english why is it not just original like us and Australians
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Didn't you know the English language belongs to America and they kindly allow us and others to use.
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I must say I have no problem with American accents.  I understand them and they seem to understand me Wink
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Some take a bit more work than others.
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I agree with you there but they have the same problem with our different dialects.  Last week I was talking to a group from Newcastle and had to work hard initially to understand them Wink
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@Northeasterner believe you need to do more research on the English language. A car was not invented but an automobile was. Americans spell words more closely to how they are pronounced than the British spelling and I buy jelly from Sainsbury in the jams section.
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I must admit to some sympathy for Americans with some of the more extreme accents found in the UK such as broad Gordie or some of the more remote Scottish areas <no malice intended, I think its great that we can retain our different accents and dialects rather than BBC English)
I used to have friends, a married couple, she was from Sunderland, he was from central areas of Newcastle (not exactly remote from each other). Even she had trouble understanding him. When he was in full flow I needed an interpreter.
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@Northeasterner You didn't say what part of the USA she came from - I think I would struggle with some American accents myself Smiley
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I agree with itsme.  Many American words are spelt in a straight forward way compared to the UK spelling.  The OP quoted theatre/theater.  Phonetically the latter is correct.
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It's easier for them to change a word than learn it Wink
For example 'aluminium' is a bit too long for them to handle.
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Just been on the phone to Netflix and got an American representative,  who hardly knew who to pronounce things on our side of the atlantic.  I gave her an email address and she assumed it was @skay when it was supposed to be @sky.  Next thing I wanted to cancel my trial membership she didn't know what I was talking about.  I told her I had a UK accent with a geordie tone.  She asked if I could pretend to speak american.  Well have been to america before so I could easily do it.   Why is it so difficult. Theatre is not spelt Theater.  Why is Car automobile?  And especially my favourite sandwich Peanut butter and Jelly (Jelly= Jam)  WHY!!!  If they speak english why is it not just original like us and Australians

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One word that always makes me laugh is lieutenant.  We have to give them it on this one.  For some reason we pronounce it with an 'f' in it which I've never understood Undecided
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Don't they say there more English speakers in China than in the UK? I wonder if they'll influence spellings ?
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@artmo The argument is used that Lieutenant has been used in The British Isles since Norman days. So when the French codified army organisation during the Napoleonic era we kept our equally valid pronunciation (Lord Lieutenant of a county pre-dates any military rank)
More problematic is the Platoon which was a rip off of the French Peloton (as used in cycling)
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@PeterLoftus, thanks for that interesting bit of info Smiley