Help me fake better accents
December 12, 2010 5:55 PM Subscribe
As a children's librarian, I do many readalouds each week. I'm good at it, but I'm working on being great. I'd like to flavor the different characters in the books I read with better accents. I do a decent Southern, an acceptable Proper British and an awful cockney. I'm thinking that out there somewhere is a cheat sheet that would allow me to do a better job of portraying Irish, Russian and other accents. But I can't find it.
posted by carterk to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
In high school we performed Pygmaiion, and we had cheat sheets for British and Cockney accents that were quite helpful. I'm looking for something similar, perhaps published for actors.
I am VERY VERY aware of how easily accents can be overdone and how easily a reader might manage to offend, and I'm pretty sure that I can make good judgements about when and when not to use an accent in my readings. Help?