Accents are a really fascinating subject for language lovers. During the year I spent in Northern England for my studies, I was amazed by the variety of British accents and by the fact that British people had problems understanding each other if they were not used to their respective accents and dialects.
I remember the “how will I cope” feeling I had when I attended my first Managerial Ethics lecture given by a Glaswegian. I was however quickly comforted by the fact that British students were as puzzled as myself.
I discovered at that time that it only takes a short amount of time to adjust your ear to different accents. It does require a great deal of concentration at first in order for you to pinpoint exactly what is different from the accent(s) you know, whether it be the rhythm of speech, the melodic pattern, the swallowed consonants or exaggerated vowels sounds or the use of specific regional words.
Knowing my interest in languages and accents, Herman sent me the link to a video of an English student doing 24 different English accents. I think he did very well. Maybe not on all the accents, but some of them are really spot on (spo’ on). What do you think? Is your accent represented? If so do you think it is rather accurate ? Let us know in a comment.
Warning : there is a fair amount of swearing in this video.
If you intend to learn an accent in any language, actress, singer, and director Amy Walker has some very interesting tips in the following two videos.
It is striking to see how changing one’s accent does seem to alter one’s personality. Watching Amy doing different accents, you wouldn’t think it is the same person talking.
How to Learn Any Accent / Part One by Amy Walker
And Part Two :