请问|美国人怎么看英国口音(内有萌萌哒美国小哥妹子)

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C频道新开设了【C请问】的观众互动环节,我们将从观众的提问选出一些然后再由美国小伙伴给出他们的感受见解,快来看看第一期的问题他们都怎么看?

本期问题美国人怎么看待英国口音

我们从众多观众提问中选择了“美国人怎么看待英国口音”这个问题,然后收到了许多美国小伙伴发来的回答。他们有的是语言学专业,有的在英国旅居,还有的祖籍英国,对英国口音的看法虽不尽相同却都很有趣,一起来看看吧!

首先,上妹子!

Ali 艾莉

我以前住在英格兰过一段时间,所以我对英国口音的看法可能和其他美国人不同,我自己以前也有点英国口音啦。英国口音会让我联想起自己的一段人生经历,当然也有某些具体的东西,比如茶啊花园啊什么的。还有啊,我总觉着一个人很“英国”基本上也代表着这个人很“有趣”。

反正总得来说我挺喜欢英国口音,觉得挺迷人的

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.


Mary 玛丽

美国人怎么看待外国口音这事儿挺有意思的,因为我觉得美国人对有欧洲,澳大利亚和新西兰口音的人接受良好。他们觉得这些口音听起来很性感,很有异域风情 而且十个里有九个人觉得他们听起来更聪明。

我最喜欢的例子是英国电影《真爱至上》的一幕,里面一个很普通的蓝领英国男生飞到威斯康辛然后再酒吧里被四个辣到不行的美国妹子搭讪,只因为她们觉得他的英国口音超级“可爱”。不过另一方面,我也发现很多美国人在和从南美和亚洲来的外国人交往的时候就缺乏耐心多了。

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)

我觉得我的想法差不多能代表许多美国姑娘啦,就是我觉得英国口音很 迷人

作为一个学了好几种外国语言的人,我一直认为口音是很有吸引力的一种东西。一个词如何发音的背后有一种文化厚实感和一点点神秘。一个人的口音自然能给这个人加分。而且,许多(有超级美好口音)的名人来自英国,比如:英国皇室,蛋妮儿(演哈利波特的那位小哥),Adele,缺爷和One Direction.

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.

 Benedict Cumberbatch美照一张,他读的有声书简直是人间凶器

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!)

我觉得大部分美国人相信英国口音不仅而且很教养。从我自己和有英国口音的人打交道的经历来看,他们大部分人会因为口音受到别人的关注。不过我脚着如果要是让我一天24个小时被说英国口音的人包围的话,我可能会有点受不了,因为毕竟听美国口音这么多年习惯了嘛。而且,我觉得有的时候如果一个人英国口音太重,有的时候会有点听不明白对方到底在说啥。

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.

接下来,小哥们:

Ben 本

每四年,FIFA世界杯就要在美国和世界上其他国家之间引起一些不仅是文化上,更是语言上的小磕小碰。当欧洲和南美的“football”迷们正在推迟生活中的一切其他事物给世界杯让位时,美国的“soccer”迷却正被一次次提醒我们的国家队是多么的打酱油,以及我们对世界杯多么的不care(虽说最近越来越流行了)。

对于英国人来说,为啥美国人把一个用那么多手玩的运动(橄榄球)叫做football恐怕是“美国特殊主义”中最最奇怪的一点。而对于像我这样的美国人来说,英国口音则是这个国家最令人着迷而捉摸不透的特点。

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.

我对英国口音的看法不代表一般美国人因为我祖父母来自大不列颠群岛。我姥姥姥爷都是苏格兰人,我奶奶是英格兰人,所以我知道英国有许多种方言。不过大部分我们国家的人可能一想到英国口音就会想到标准的伦敦方言,也就是皇室和上流社会说的那种。

所以,英国口音一般会被和睿智,高贵的举止以及好口才 联系在一起。就因为女王是英国最众所周知的人物,我们觉得英国人说话都和白金汉宫的居民一样。同样杯具的是,许多大不列颠人民可能还觉得我们美国人说起话来都和小布什一样呢。

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.

James 詹姆士

我是学语言学的,我应该用十分科学而不是感性的态度对待口音的(虽然实际上不是这么回事),所以回答这个问题我有点苦手。但我可以从我的角度谈谈一般美国人对口音是怎么看的:

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.

综上,比起小伙们,似乎姑娘都承认英国口音很迷人更直接一些,不过总得来说,美国人想到英国口音时和许多中国人一样,会联想到优雅,有知识,性感之类的。

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