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We asked you what your favourite English accents were

By Memrise Team

We asked you what your favourite English accents were




People from all over the world with over75 native tonguesvoted in our survey on 60+ accents and the results are in.

Overall, accents from the British Isles* were most revered, with 68% of you backing at least one from the region.

*The British Isles are a group of islands off the north-western coast of continental Europe that consist of the islands of Great BritainIreland and over six thousand smaller isles (Wikipedia).

The runners up were…



Accents from the USA – 36%

Australian accents – 20%

New Zealand accents – 11%

Canadian accents – 11%

South African accents – 7%


The most popular accent was Cockney

(24% of respondents)

Particularly favoured by Brazilian users, who the data shows particularly like “charming” and “challenging to understand” accents compared to the average respondent. Although not popular at all with Brits, who were the least fond of it of all  the nationalities!

People most liked it on the basis that it sounds ridiculous, yet almost nobody found it endearing or friendly-sounding.



The second most popular accent was Posh English

(23% of respondents)

In particular, cherished by Spanish users, whom the data shows have leanings towards “easily imitable”, “trustworthy sounding” and “intellectual sounding” accents, but like Cockney, it was least popular among Brits!

People liked it most because it sounds intellectual, but it scored comparatively low on trustworthiness.



The third place accent was Edinburgh

(17% of respondents)

Particularly popular with Russian users, whom the data shows were tend towards usual sounding accents, and was least popular with Poles.

People liked it mostly because it sounds quirky and rather ‘like another language’, but it scored comparatively low on sounding intellectual and being easily imitable.



What were the least liked accents overall?

American (Great Lakes, Midland, Minnesotan, Mid-Atlantic/Transatlantic & Western) and British (West Country & Lancashire) accents were the least favoured, receiving very little or no votes.

However, we have to acknowledge that the lesser known accents were fated to come out bottom.

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Top 5 curious facts

(1)  Australians were the only respondents that favoured their own accents above all others.

(2)  Attractiveness mattered more to red-blooded Spaniards than any other nationality when favouring one accent over another.

(3)  Brits are big fans of musicality in accents, whereas Poles couldn’t care less.

(4)  The famous New Yorker accent was lauded for its otherworldiness (“it sounds like another language”) and cool-factor, yet was not deemed trustworthy.

(5)  The North West English accents, Mancunian and Lancashire, along with the American New Jersey accent came out top for sounding “friendly” and “comforting”.