Why Do These American Actors Prefer To Speak In A British Accent?

Date August 20, 2018 11:10

There are many American actors who can speak in British accent, including Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Renée Zellweger, and many others. What is the real reason for it?

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For Americans, British accent always sounds more intelligent. It conjures stereotypes of high IQ and competence, while Brooklyn and Southern accents get lower ratings on intelligence.

According to the research conducted by the University of Chicago, northern accents is “smarter”, and southern accents is “nicer.”

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Maybe, legendary Hollywood actors try to speak with the British accent in order to look more intelligent and smart?

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It is rather interesting that the so-called standard or the Queen’s English is spoken natively by less than 3%.

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Is it possible to learn to speak in British accent? Yes, of course. It is better to start with pronunciation of certain sounds. For example, usually, the British speakers don't roll their Rs, the A is pronounced at the back of the mouth with an open throat.

Do you also think that British accent sounds more intelligent?

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