Special Education/What does a person have to do
QUESTION: What does a person have to do so his new born daughter will speak British English with a British accent, not American English with an American accent? Can this only be done if the child lives in the United Kingdom or can this also be done in the United States with a British mother that speaks with a British accent? Why would a child speak English with an American accent in the United States, even if the British mother only speaks with a British accent? The European man wants; that if his daughter were to walk the streets in the United Kingdom everybody thinks that she is born in the United Kingdom and that is impossible to tell that she lives in the United States. That is why he has a child with a British woman. British women are different than North American women.
What a person who wants his daughter to speak English with a British accent instead of American English with an American accent has to do is indeed move to the UK. This is because the environment, i.e. the world surrounding the child is greater than one person, i.e. the mother. If you're familiar with the Japanese Suzuki method of learning music, then you'll know that listening to music way before playing it plays a key role in how fast and well a person learns the piece of music. If you're not familiar with the Suzuki method, you're welcome to google and learn about it. The same principle as applies in the Suzuki method applies to a child learning her native and all foreign languages. Language = 'music' to the ears and music is a universal language. The world surrounding the daughter, the world which will speak British English if the parents and she move to the UK, will always be greater - thus have greater impact on the daughter's English and accent than one person - the mother. This principle also explains why people who are born in, for example, Hungary and brought to, say, Australia at the age of 6 months will learn to speak Aussie English with the Aussie accent despite the fact that their parents may never lose their heavy Hungarian accent with which they speak English to the children at home. And when a child born in, for example, Hungary and brought to AU at 6 months of age moves to, say, Canada at the age of 10 years, the child will eventually reorient to Canadian English and speak it with the Canadian accent still despite the fact that the child's parents will still speak English with the same heavy Hungarian accent.
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QUESTION: Can you prevent this from happening, if the child lives in the United States never leaves the house and never hears people speaking American English, and only hears people speaking British English? It is very easy for UK parents to do this in the United States. The child can listen to most of the domestic BBC radio stations on the Internet; can also watch most domestic UK TV stations including BBC and ITV on the Internet with a UK VPN. Basally the father wants his daughter speak BBC English the same type that is used on BBC Word Service and BBC World News. Why is it that if a British child watches allot of American TV shows on British TV, he will never speaks American English, with an American accent, but would understand it very good?
How would she feel towards her father if she lives in the United Kingdom, but speaks to her European father on video skype that lives in the United States? The European father does not want her to live in the United States, because he does not want her to have any American influence. Her European father is very good friends with her British mother.
ANSWER: Well if the child never leaves the house and listens to and watches all things British, yes, you can prevent it. But is this scenario realistic? The answer is no. Can any parent keep a child trapped in the house without letting her leave it? No, s/he can't. That gives you the answer to why it is that if a British child watches a lot of American TV shows on British TV the child will never speak English with an American accent. That's why - because the child goes out of the house and absorbs British English from his/her environment. Watching a lot of American TV shows is part of life, not life itself. And the child will understand English spoken with the American accent very well, because it's still English - it's one and the same language, just spoken with different accents, just like any other language spoken in the north of the country where it's spoken will have a different accent from the saunter, and eastern, and western parts of the same country. It's still one and the same language.
The fact that her European father doesn't want his daughter to live in the States is an issue outside the scope of this question....
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QUESTION: Well if the child never leaves the house and listens to and watches all things British, yes, you can prevent it. But is this scenario realistic? The answer is no. Why is this case? What happens if she is a lot in a car with her parents, and they always turn on BBC world service with there satellite radio so she never hears American English. There are very remote places in the United States, so that if she were to play outside, she would never hear people speak American English. How would the child react, that she never has contact with other children and only has contact with adults that speak English with a British accent in the United States.
If the child is born in the United States, what is the oldest age (example one, two or three years old) the child can be before she has to move to the United Kingdom, in order to prevent her from speaking permanent (the rest of her live) American English with an American accent, even when she returns to the UK in the future?
If her Belgium father only speaks her native Dutch to her, why would people the Netherlands and in Flanders Belgium would think she is born in Belgium (she is born in the US, but has lived her entire live in the UK), because she speaks Dutch with a thick Flemish accent? Why would she be willing to learn how to read/write Dutch if her British mother tells her that she has to learn Dutch, and her father has the skills to teach her that? How would children in the Belgium react that she speaks fluent Dutch with a thick Flemish accent, but there hear her British English with a British accent to her British mother?
Hmmm, I see the scenario of the parents never letting the child be in contact with other children immensely unrealistic, strange, and even damaging to the development of the child's social skills and social aspect of her personality, but hey, that's an issue outside the scope of this question. Back to the point of this question:
If all this scenario were true to the letter, the child would probably develop a mix of Brit and American accent, because...
...this ties to your question at what age the family would have to move to the UK to prevent the daughter from speaking with the American accent...
the child starts picking up the sounds around her from a baby. At ten months of age the sounds that she makes [babbling] already give an indication of what nationality and accent the child is and will speak. So the age that the child would have to be when the family moved to the UK would have to between 2 and 8 months to be on the safe side.
Of course that the child will speak fluent Dutch with the accent with which the parents speak it to her if her Belgian father speaks it to her from the child's babyhood. That's again because of the principle of the Suzuki method. This principle of the Suzuki method works, because billions of children born to parents of whom each is a native speaker of a different language and they live in a country which is not native to either parent beautifully confirms this. This principle of the Suzuki method is why children born to families like this are bi, tri, or even quadrilingual by the age they go to school.:)