A lot of the English courses I write come with audio CDs, so periodically I spend a day or two in studios listening to actors performing for the recordings. When I lived in the UK, the American actors often sounded ultra-polite. It seemed over the top for my British ear so I was always asking if they could tone down the upbeat-and-perky and sound a bit more matter of fact.
But since I’ve been living in the States, I’ve noticed the American actors sound great on the first take. Have they all come off Prozac I wonder, or did my ear need to adjust? No doubt the latter so I’d like to apologise to all the American actors I’ve ever asked to do a retake.