I used to live in England so I may perceive British accents differently than other Americans because I used to have one. Usually I associate Britishaccents as part of my life story. I also feel that British accents remind me ofcertain things, like tea and gardens. I also have a strange association between a person being British and them being interesting.
I tend to enjoy British accents and find them quite attractive.
The reception of foreign accents in the U.S. is interesting because I feel like people with European, Australian or New Zealand accents generally have avery positive reception by the American people. People think they sound sexyand exotic and 9 times out of 10 think they sound smarter.
My favorite example of this is a scene from the movie “Love Actually” where a normal, blue collar British guy flies to Wisconsin and ends up meeting four gorgeous American women because they think his accent is “cute”. On the flipside, though, I see a lot of Americans having limited patience and sympathy interacting with foreigners from South America and Asia.
Taryn 陆冰 （Muge：翻译成这样是我的恶趣味没错）
I think that I speak for most American girls when I say that the British accent is very attractive.
As someone who has studied a few foreign languages,I’ve always found accents appealing. There’s just something about the waycertain words sound, the added culture and the mystery behind it all. Having anice accent can sometimes automatically make someone more attractive. Plus, itcertainly helps that many famous people are from England (and also have thatglorious accent) — to name a few: the Royal Family, Daniel Radcliffe, Adele,Benedict Cumberbatch and One Direction.
Alex 阿里克斯 (Alex的回答在微信消息中被纳入小哥，其实是她是Cecilia的一位美国女性朋友！）
I think that most Americans believe British accents are cool and refined. Throughout my interactions with people with British accents, I’ve noticed that they definitely get more attention from others because of it. However if I were to be surrounded by people with these types of accents 24/7 in the U.K., I think I would find them a bit much because I am so conditioned to hearing American accents. I also think it is more difficult to discern what a person with a thick British accent is saying.
Every four years, the FIFA World Cup creates a rift between the United States and the rest of the world that is not only cultural, but linguistic. While “football” fans in Europe and South America put life on hold for the duration of the tournament, American “soccer” fans are reminded of their national team’s irrelevance to the game, as well as our ongoing national apathy to the sport (despite its growing popularity).
For the British, America’s insistence on using the term “football” for a sport that is played with one’s hands is one ofthe most peculiar elements of American exceptionalism. For Americans such as me, the British accent is one of the country’s great charms and curiosities.
My thoughts about the British accent do not represent the views of the average American because my grandparents come from the British Isles. My mother’s parents are both from Scotland, and my father’s mom is from England. Based on this experience, I’m well aware of the great diversity of dialects within Britain. Speaking for the average American, however, it is fair to say that we associate the British accent with the standard London dialect, which is spoken by British royal family and members of the English upper class.
Consequently, the British accent is associated with erudition, aristocratic manners, and eloquence. Because most Americans identify the Queen as England’s most recognizable public figure, we tend to think that all British people speak like the residents of Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately, many citizens of Great Britain probably think all Americans speak like George W. Bush.
很多年轻的美国人不可避免的把他们认识的英国人归到两种套路中: 要么是特别搞笑，要么是特别“高逼格”— 所以在美国高中和大学的英国人基本上就得在这两种认知中挑选。
I study linguistics and have been trained to think about accents scientifically rather than emotionally (but actually), so answering the real question is pretty hard. But answering the general “what doAmericans think” question (in my experience):
Young Americans almost invariably force people they interact with who happen to have British accents into one of two stereotypes: funny or posh– and that stereotype becomes their identity in their high school or college community.