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How intelligible are German and Dutch to each other?

I would expect that to vary somewhat from speaker to speaker. Key drivers probably include how many other languages that person speaks and/or how easily they pick up languages, and what regional ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

"Wa gwaan, people?" :) [clue: Jamaican patois] (I know, this is not just an accent, it is patois but it helps to make my point about exposure and experience.) I heard this in a TV series ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

What is your native language? As a native english speaker born and raised in the midwest, I have a hard time understanding him. I wonder if some of the sounds may be more similar to the normal ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

There are numerous fields of research on English dialects. A particular issue is that dialects change over time, so resources such as this one are very useful. Going further back in time, we are ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

A lot depends on who you've mostly spoken English with, and how close their accent is to your own. To my ears, at least, English with a Russian accent sounds more similar to a Scottish accent than to ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

I want to address things from the opposite front than the other answers. You seem to believe that non-native speakers have a better facility for understanding accents than native English speakers. ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

Note, the given example is from a chat show that occasionally borders upon being comedic in nature. Lily Tomlin and Kevin Bridges are comedians - Chris Hemsworth and Graham Norton are Australian and ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

Lily Thomlin is a comedian. She's playing the supposed difficulty of understanding the accents as a joke. If you pay attention, she laughs quite appropriately to the jokes the others make. When ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

The first thing to consider is that this is a comedy show, and Lily Tomlin is a comedian. The second is that US speakers of English don't have a lot of exposure to UK accents, especially those most-...
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