Is it normal i can't hear an english accent?

I'm American and I can't seem to hear English accents(from England). I can hear the super posh accents or the super cockney ones but the generic ones in between, nope. I hear it as American.

Is that normal?

Is It Normal?
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  • I'm irish but live in England. Whenever I go to a different town, at first I notice the difference in accent but when I get to know someone, eventually it's as if we both learn to adapt our accents to understand each other. Most of my friends have different accents from me but I tend to notice the similarities more than the differences. Also, due to Ireland and the UK being small island nations, there is a lot of variation in accents even in very localised areas. My home city of Derry only has approximately 100k population but there are different accents in different neighbourhoods. There is the urban Northern Irish accent in the inner city, in the west of the city the accent is more influenced by Irish/Gaelic heritage, in the east of the city there is more of a Scottish/British influence and in rural areas around the city there are different dialects as well. In England some young people have like a traditional local accent but some kids adopt a more generic English accent as there can be some discrimination against people from certain towns that have a bad reputation.

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  • I’m English and I can’t tell the difference between Brits and Americans on tv but in real life they sound completely different

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  • I’m English and have the same problem! So many British people sound almost indistinguishable from Americans.

    Don’t get me started on trying to tell midlands English and Welsh accents apart...

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  • I’m English, unfortunately our country has been invaded by foreigners, to the point of us being a minority population in our own country in some areas. People are usually scared to admit that this is what happened, for fear of being branded racist. The truth is we are a small island nation and we are full to bursting point. Our country would be a better place if all the immigrants fucked off back to where they came from. This is part of the reason Brexit is so important

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    • So does British English sound American to you? Lol

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      • No the Americans don’t talk proper English and they can’t spell

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        • I'm sorry, but many of our supposed "wrong" spellings were originally used by you Brits.

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          • Then we became educated

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            • Soccer: originally Cockney slang for association football.
              Aluminum: Original term coined by the British, named after a guy, but changed to make themselves sound smarter.
              You didn't become educated, you wanted to make yourselves look smarter than you are.

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  • English is not my first language. My problem with taking the accents is more chronic. So yes, it's normal. By the way, I feel most comfortable with the American accent and most uncomfortable with Australian accent.

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