We love hearing the British accent everywhere. I once googled information on an excel formula and the guy on the video tutorial had a British accent ~ I kept listening long after learned what formula I needed to use.
When we told people we were moving to London, the number one comment we got was “I love London, it’s so much fun.” The second most common comment was “At least they speak English there.” Regardless of the common language, there’s enough difference and I still don’t understand sometimes what’s being said. But then again, I usually put on the subtitles when watching British movies.
I was expecting not to understand sometimes but I wasn’t expecting the Brits NOT to understand US! To me, the American accent is so flat and clear (no mesmerizing cadence like the lovely British accent) John said “York Mansions” to the driver yesterday and the driver had no idea what John was saying. John’s York didn’t have enough emphasis on the O.
But it’s only been 24 hours since we arrived and, I’m sure within a fortnight, we’ll be doing fine with how to pronounce specific words.