In a new poll, it was revealed that Americans find that Tom Hardy is the most difficult to understand actor on TV.
Half of Americans are now watching TV with subtitles or closed captions on, according to the survey. It was done by Preply, and tried to get to the bottom of why Americans are using subtitles so often. And one of the reasons is mumbling or hard to understand accents.
Some Americans find other accents difficult to comprehend, with many resorting to subtitles to understand them. Preply ranked celebrities and TV shows to find out which ones are the hardest to understand.
Apparently, Hardy poses the biggest problem for American viewers, who rank him as the most difficult to understand actor. They also ranked Peaky Blinders, which stars Tom Hardy, as the most difficult to understand show.
Other shows which ranked highly include Game of Thrones, Derry Girls, Outlander, Downton Abbey, Squid Game and Bridgerton. High ranking celebrities inclue Sofia Vergara, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sean Connery and Johnny Depp.
The survey states “While 50% of respondents indicated that they watch TV with subtitles most of the time, members of Gen Z were much more likely to be frequent users (70%). Millennials are also more likely to use the feature than the average respondent, at 53%. Older respondents, such as Gen X and Baby Boomers, were actually the groups least likely to be frequent subtitles users.“
As for the accents that Americans find hard to understand, Scottish tops the list with a whopping 50% of Americans finding it difficult. British and Irish rank at 17% each.
However, it’s possible that these accents are ranking so highly due to how common they are on TV. You’re more likely to find a British accent on American TV than a lot of other countries. But at least subtitles are there to lend a helping hand.
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