So, I an Indian, got a customer support call from a guy named matt from the US, and i was so taken aback 😆😆😆

Like, I never really had a phonic conversation with a foreigner. We do have general English conversations here, but that accent omg 😝 .

Its a miracle that conversation went well and we both were able to understand each other. I have been watching brits and americans talking in movies for a long time, but those accents still feel very hasty without the subtitles.

Hats off to aws for pulling such a major IT joke

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    I have mixed feelings on DR a lot of times. The Indians I talk to here and outside of work have excellent reading comprehension and communication skills. The ones I work with can barely form coherent sentences, much less understand professional communication.

    I'm left to assume there are a lot of spoiled, underperforming rich kids in India getting most of the opportunities. The capable people don't have access to them.
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    Was it a TV accent or a southern or midwest accent? Or an inner city accent? I have issues at times with some accents in the USA. Strong southern or inner city accents can be difficult.

    I am in the USA and speak a TV accent mostly.
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    I was literally taken to the side by a black friend when I was in a different state and he said "look man, we like you so we are gonna teach you how to speak black"

    I have a south accent since I am from Texas :V my boys were from Jersey, I could not understand half the shit of what they said most of the time but we made it work
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    The feels. Though the only thing I left Texas with was residual guilt about liking SPM's music.
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    I'm not a native speaker myself but I'm very much fluent, some of my coworkers not so much. We've had some projects we outsourced to India and it was hilarious. Our guys who can barely speak English screaming across a semi broken Skype connection to other guys that can barely speak English.

    We'd ask a question and get an answer to a completely unrelated question back
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    My friend told me about a couple of southern guys trying to talk to each other. They couldn't understand each other. One finally said, "You won't do that or you won't a donut?
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    Wait until you have to deal with Queenslanders 🤣🤣🤣🤣
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    @Demolishun I don't really know the exact names of accents, but it was exactly like how jared from silicon valley would sound on a call https://youtu.be/EZJQDpS7ikc.

    At first i thought i was talking to a bot , i even asked from where is he making this call xD
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    @2Large That would be a TV accent. Or what a majority of the people speak.
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    @SortOfTested mostly this. Plus there's a lot of affect of our native language and our surroundings.

    I have noticed that my english speaking skills improves constantly when i am in an office full of people talking in English, but at home or with colleagues, we go back to speaking our native tongue because the other person is also talking in hindi. It gets awkward to bring up English in a native conversation .
    Like if am talking to with my mom who is not very good in English, I would start with the correct sentences but would have to switch in the middle because the other person is now talking in either broken english or in hindi. And even if i don't, i would myself end up making poor sentances and eventually switching up to native tongue.
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    Basically English is our second tongue and its possible for us to get fluent in it, but that would require a great deal of practice and environment changes, which would require some $$$.

    Hopefully the upcoming generation would be better as i see young parents these days trying to converse in English and giving their children a better environment
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    @2Large That's relatable. I've been mistaken for an American on the phone several times but give me a day of hanging out with people who speak my native language and you'll get a hint of that native accent.

    There are certain accents that I can't parse like some interviewers from Scotland or a potential hookup from.. ugh.. I don't know, somewhere in West England?

    The guy I'm banging now is from New York and he has "the American accent". It's hard to explain but I had trouble understanding some of his words during our first "interactions". I'm getting used to it. I also struggled explaining to him why it's easier for me to understand Germans because they have "straight" accents, if that even makes sense.
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    @rutee07 it's hard for me to understand a full sentence of this https://youtu.be/lKRrYOrBXxE
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    @electrineer What accent is that, exactly? I cannot understand a single word either. I don't understand why people are yelling and where the comments are coming from.
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    @electrineer That makes sense. I was interviewed by someone from Glasgow, Scotland to work there. I did not last for five minutes.
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    I guess speaking good English is like with most anything else: practice makes perfect. Me, I learned English from 5th grade (I was 10), watched loads of English-language TV, started chatting on English-language web chats when in college, and by the time I entered the work force, my English was quite good, or so I thought.

    Learning to understand English speakers from India, Pakistan, East Asia in general, and some parts of Africa is then another thing of practice. Not to speak of, say, Irish people,,, after I moved to Dublin, it took me a couple months to get the hang of the accent.
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