I had that exact same thing happen very often as a Brit living in the US. People would be able to tell, generally, that I was not a local boy, but they had no clue where I was from until I told them, and then suddenly they thought it was obvious. Though a small percentage of people did pick it up right away, sometimes after only hearing me say one short sentence, which was always really impressive. And a few people couldn't detect my accent at all, to the point of not believing me when I told them I was from England. Which was really weird. I guess some people might lie about such a thing, but wow. I met an American stripper once who was trying to pass as British. After I called her on it and convinced her I was British she gave me her number, which was kinda cool. Random story.
Originally Posted by wheelchairman
I can say that most Kansans pronounce these two words exactly the same, and the merry/mary/marry thing holds up too. My ex, who was from Kansas, couldn't even hear the difference when I tried to emphasize the differences.
Originally Posted by _Lost_
I hid my English accent when living in America simply because it was easier for me that way. I generally think people should simply do whatever they prefer. Giving up your native accent over a long period can lead to unpleasant feelings, sort of dissociative, a loss of who you are. But keeping your native accent can impede communication, or just attract unwanted attention. Personally, as a native speaker, I love hearing non-native speakers use their native accent. It tends to just sound awesome. I'm a big fan of accents in general though. They fascinate and entertain me. I used to work with a lot of people from various eastern european countries and loved all their accents. The women all sounded hot and the men sounded badass.
Originally Posted by RageAndLov
“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.” – Bill Hicks