way words are pronounced in America differs quite substantially from the
Commonwealth. This goes to accents, of course, which differ vastly even WITHIN
America AND within individual Commonwealth countries.
Some states in the USA use more of a British pronunciation (New England)
while other states use a more American middle-ground pronunciation (West
Coast) and at the same time other states use a barely understandable
off-shoot of the American language (the South)!
In London alone there are many different accents, never mind other
Commonwealth countries. Even a small country like South Africa has several
there are some common threads that definitely distinguish Americans from Commonwealthers.
in the Commonwealth pronounce many of their A's in a rounded way. That is,
their mouths have a rounded shape. American's pronounce some a's this way,
such as "park" and "car", but most a's have a flatter
sound, like the a in "hat".
the "a" in the word "ask" is pronounced like the a in
"hat" in America but in the Commonwealth the "a" in
"ask" is pronounced more like the "a" in
"car" or "park". The same with "plaza",
"task", "mask", "answer",
"afternoon" and many others.