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15 of the worst accents in movies, according to critics

Sometimes actors might look the part, but they just don’t sound the part. Dick Van Dyke gifted the world arguably the worst fake accent in Disney’s 1964 classic “Mary Poppins” and still had to apologise for it more than 50 years later. Even James Van Der Beek’s son couldn’t get […]
15 of the worst accents in movies, according to critics
Lifestyle

8 actors you probably didn’t realise are actually American

American actors have used accents for their roles, and sometimes they’re good enough to fool fans. Peter Dinklage and Gillian Anderson are a few famous TV stars who have believable British accents. Renée Zellweger, Julianne Moore, and Chloë Grace Moretz are also all American. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
8 actors you probably didn’t realise are actually American
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12 British actors who totally fooled us into thinking they were Americans

Some British actors have excelled at accent work to the point that fans really believed they were American. Christian Bale has had to do a number of American accents for films, but one of his most convincing roles was in “American Psycho.” Fans were surprised that Daniel Kaluuya from “Get […]
12 British actors who totally fooled us into thinking they were Americans
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57% of Americans pronounce ‘merry,’ ‘marry,’ and ‘Mary’ the same, and it highlights a fascinating quirk of the English language

Americans vary in how they pronounce the words “merry,” “marry,” and “Mary.” A majority, 57%, of Americans pronounce all three words the same. The divide highlights something fascinating about American English. You’re probably going to hear the phrase “merry Christmas” a lot over the next few days. But depending on […]
57% of Americans pronounce ‘merry,’ ‘marry,’ and ‘Mary’ the same, and it highlights a fascinating quirk of the English language
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Animated map shows where American accents came from

America has a multitude of regional accents that have evolved from numerous waves of immigration throughout US history. When you’re travelling to another part of the US, it might be surprising to hear how different the locals sound. For instance, a New Yorker will likely speak the same English language […]
Animated map shows where American accents came from
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Why American actors suck at British accents

Lots of British actors have really nailed their American accents, but Americans can’t seem to imitate their peers across the pond. We spoke with Erik Singer, a dialect coach based in New York, to find out why British actors appear to be so much more skillful when it comes to […]
Why American actors suck at British accents
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6 things New Yorkers say that you won’t hear anywhere else

From Barbara Streisand to Al Pacino, Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, New Yorkers have made their legendary dialect the most recognisable in North America, according to sociolinguist William Labov. But it’s more than just “fuhgeddaboutit” and “yuuuge” that set New York English apart – there are more subtle features in […]
6 things New Yorkers say that you won’t hear anywhere else
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9 things only Southerners say

Southern Americans are well known for their distinctive dialect of English. From its country twang to its unique vocabulary, there is a lot that sets Southern English apart from other US dialects. Graphic designer Joshua Katz mapped some of the most distinctive elements of Southern English in 2013 using data […]
9 things only Southerners say