How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns?
August 21, 2012 4:12 AM Subscribe
How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns (accent)?
posted by crawltopslow to Travel & Transportation around China (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm already pretty good at guessing which province someone is from based on their accent, but I want to get even better at it (I also take into account subtler clues like height, skin color, clothing style, hair style, cell phone type etc), but I want to become one of the best in the world at determing which county a Chinese person is from, based on their accent.
Please point me in a good direction, websites, books, or a database of sound files of good examples of different Chinese accents.
I might just go to grad school for linguistics to study something like this, but I figure I might as well start on my own, because I am very interested in it.