non-regional American accent?

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EdisonBhola

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Korean
Hi all, is there such a thing as a non-regional American English? Just as there is one for British English--the RP accent, or BBC English. As far as I know, there are many varieties of American English, like those on the east coast speak differently than those on the west.

I've heard the term "General American" being used, but have no idea what it really means.

If there is indeed a non-regional American English (or at least a typical American accent), who would be some good candidates to learn from? Donald Trump maybe?

Many thanks!
 
  • AnythingGoes

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    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    Certainly not Mr. Trump who speaks with a pronounced Queens, New York accent. Newscasters like Anderson Cooper tend to speak with a general American accent.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Some TV newscasters are local: their TV news show is only seen in one city. Other TV newscasters are nationwide: their TV show is seen everywhere in the US.

    Nationwide TV newscasters attempt to have a "general American" accent -- they try to eliminate their regional accent. They are probably your best examples for "non-regional American".

    Donald Trump grew up in New York City (NYC). I grew up near NYC, so I understand him clearly. For people that live in other parts of the US, an NYC accent is:
    [1] hard to understand
    [2] unpleasant and irritating
    [3] "low-class" sounding or "uneducated" sounding
     

    EdisonBhola

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Could you suggest some good candidates from whom I can learn the General American accent? I'll look into Anderson Cooper. :)
     
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