I was in Ireland about two years ago - an internet forum meeting-up, 7 people from USA (Nevada, Louisiana); Ireland, Scotland, and Germany.gaer said:I find BE and AE equally clear or impossible to understand, according to diction and region. Scottish English, although technically BE (is it?), because it is part of the UK, is SO different. But I do enjoy listening to the Scots and the Irish, because the accents are so musical.
I haven't spoken a word to anybody in that forum before this meeting
I had absolutely no problems in understanding those nice two ladies from the US-west coast, very clear and articulate English, wow!
The Louisianan accent was a bit harder to understand, but I got used to it pretty soon.
The Scottish guy... *lol* his accent was... just wow! I mean, I swear I couldn't really get any complete sentence! I had to be sure to snap up at least every other word and conclude all the rest from the context - incredible!! And I was SO happy, when my Irish friend told me that even she had tremendous problems in understanding his accent!! *phew*
The Irish accent is really lovely - not that hard to understand, but there's one thing that totally cracks you up in case you don't know that before: The intonation!
Every sentence sounded like a question to me as the Irish people raise their pitch in the end of every sentence!!
I didn't know that when I arrived in Ireland, no one told me! So in the first two days, I was always like wanting to answer something - being confused as there was nothing to answer! *lol* It was a marvellous experience I can tell you... what a fantastic accent.