I thought that English speaking was about remarking consonants over vowels... but when I watch an american movie I don't notice that fact...

I'd like to speak English in the most understandable way... My native language is all about vowels and I thought I got the trick to speak in a way everybody could understand me. Now, after watching american series and movies I am not clear at all...

Edit after the warning of too wide the set of possible answers:

It's not difficult for me to speak the word "texts" or the word "endorsements" in the English way, since I can pronounce all the consonants and lower the vowels sound. But it sounds really artificial. On the other hand, I hear the American way more subtle, more softly, with regard to the consonants issue.

So my question is... what are the rules that show the MAIN differences between English and American, so I may try to learn or imitate the speaking of one and the other. For example: "You've got to be kidding!" is very different when you speak it in English or American. Are there some major differences so I can start focusing in them when I watch an American movie or an English serie?

I am just asking for the major, o most noticeable, differences.

Thanks to all for your time.

closed as too broad by user3169, starsplusplus, Tiercelet, Chenmunka, Em1 Sep 19 '14 at 9:49

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 1
    What do I think? I think... this is hard to answer in any focused way and thus will probably be put on hold. Could you edit it to ask a more specific and answerable question? What movie did you see? What line bewildered you? What is your question? – HostileFork Sep 19 '14 at 3:57
  • There are lots of different dialects and ways of pronouncing English; so many that even some native speakers may have a hard time understanding each other. It sounds like you want to know a general rule for how to make sure your English is understandable, but I don't think that question is specific enough to answer here. – Tiercelet Sep 19 '14 at 4:27
  • 1
    The most noticeable difference is rhoticity. After that, vowels and a few important differences in consonants, especially /t/. Note that even when dictionaries give the same IPA transcriptions for AmE and BrE, there may still be differences, especially in vowel quality. Note though that both AmE and BrE are dialect groups and that there's a fair amount of variation in each group. Pick up a copy of John Wells' Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, then please come back here and ask if you have specific questions. – snailboat Sep 19 '14 at 6:28

There are quite a lot of dialects of English, but only a few that I'd say are recognized internationally: American English, Australian English, and British English are all mutually intelligible, and using any one of them will work just fine.

As for understanding, well, I suspect that will depend on the series or movie - but often they use idioms and cultural references that can confuse non-native speakers even before taking dialect into account.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.