Sadly, it seems that simply having an English accent in America appears to make you sound brighter and more intellectual. But as I have discovered a number of parties here in the US, many people have NOT mastered the English accent. Certainly not enough to pass themselves off as Brits. In fact many are not even as good as Dick Van Dyke’s appalling cockney accent in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In most “worst accent in movies” surveys it still ranks in the “top” 10.
So what is the secret? Here Professor David Ley from University of Alberta explains: