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Accent confusion

Personally, I've got a slight County Durham accent ... nobody born after about 1975 has a particularly strong accent here anymore ... so my accent I would think is fairly easy to understand.
That said, I guess it does sound a little exotic to people who aren't used to hearing it, so I think people make a lot of assumptions about my way of speaking. So far I've been confused for the following:

- Welsh (all the time)
-- in addition, someone in North Wales once thought I was from South Wales
- Scottish (usually by Americans)
- French
- American
- Canadian
- from 'the (American) South' (in Massachusetts)
- from Liverpool

One time I overheard this loud-mouthed bloke chatting trash at a bar in Edinburgh. After hearing his accent, I concluded he was from Lancashire or somewhere. Turned out he was actually from Georgia in the United States.
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As a foreigner I can't tell all the kinds of British accents, for me they are all just British accents
Original post by SlashBandicoot
Personally, I've got a slight County Durham accent ... nobody born after about 1975 has a particularly strong accent here anymore ... so my accent I would think is fairly easy to understand.
That said, I guess it does sound a little exotic to people who aren't used to hearing it, so I think people make a lot of assumptions about my way of speaking. So far I've been confused for the following:
- Welsh (all the time)
-- in addition, someone in North Wales once thought I was from South Wales
- Scottish (usually by Americans)
- French
- American
- Canadian
- from 'the (American) South' (in Massachusetts)
- from Liverpool
One time I overheard this loud-mouthed bloke chatting trash at a bar in Edinburgh. After hearing his accent, I concluded he was from Lancashire or somewhere. Turned out he was actually from Georgia in the United States.

I'm from Leeds & I've had my accent mistaken for Scottish a few times when I've been in the US. I wonder if it's because their stereotypical idea of an 'English accent' is based more on southern accents so maybe to Americans northern accents sound closer to Scottish ones.

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