I would like to learn to do a passable amateur version of some basic British regional accents-- a Cockney or two, Somerset, Yorkshire, Scottish, RP. Where should I start? [more inside]
The question is about the pronunciation of /æ/ and /e/, such as in Brad and bread, expansive and expensive, man and men, bad and bed, pat and pet, flash and flesh, sad and said, had and head, etc. I asked local Americans about the differences, listened to Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNL5BmWQGiI) videos for the difference, but I still did not quite get it. It is understandable that dialects would lead to difference as well; so in British English pronunciation, I probably caught the difference; but in the Mid-western dialects, e.g., Minnesota, these two sounds are so similar that I can never succeed in distinguishing them without a context. So the question is to ask: 1. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in your US dialects? 2. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in Mid-western dialects? An answer with a video or audio information would be very helpful I guess.
I recall having seen something on TV maybe a decade or two ago in which a female character (or a male with a very high-pitched voice) was reciting the line, "O to be in England now that April's there[...]" several times with a very exaggerated/attempted British accent ("Eauuuugh to be in EEEEEEEEEEngland..."). I don't remember much more, and all my Google searches turn up is the actual poem that the line is from. I'd like to find this again; does it ring a bell to anyone? [more inside]
Is there a name for this movie accent? [more inside]
I'm a native U.S. English-speaker, they might not have been. I've twice been at U.S. job interviews where I haven't been able to understand my interviewer; they had an accent and I couldn't tell what words they were saying, even after they slowed down and repeated. How should I handle this? [more inside]
Maybe it's just my ears, but I swear I've heard a British accent where "ou" and "ow" sounds like a long-I -- "down" sounds like "dine", 'ground' sounds like 'grind', 'now' is 'nye', 'house' sounds like 'hise'. I've looked around the internet for descriptions of British accents and came up empty. Is there a name for this component, or is it tied to a specific dialect/accent?
What is this name or origin of this bird-headed man's (English?) accent? [more inside]
I'd like to hear English spoken with various Haitian accents (French or Haitian Creole). I'm having a surprisingly difficult time finding a link on YouTube. The speaker's topic doesn't matter at all; I just want to hear some different Haitian-English accents, ideally spoken by women. Any links or search term suggestions? Thanks!
I have been speaking English for 2/3 of my life, yet I still think my English sucks. Care to enlighten me why? [more inside]
What is it about the audio in old radio or TV broadcasts that makes them identifiable as "old"? [more inside]
Does anyone know the origins and evolution of the northern Alberta drawl? Does it originate with Texas oil people that moved north, or is it a local evolution? [more inside]
One of our new IT vendors at work makes heavy use of an Indian workforce. Conference calls have become a challenge as we try to work through their accents. I recognize that I have a responsibility to do what I can to meet them halfway on the conversation. Are there podcasts, online radio streams, etc. that I can listen to where people from India are speaking in English so I can acclimate my ears to their peculiarities of their accents? [more inside]
Watching S4 Boardwalk Empire I’m struck by how much the imagery, characters and music recall childhood memories of American cartoons. Mickey Doyle’s way of speaking is really familiar to me, why is that? [more inside]
When I lived in the Pgh area, one of the drive-time radio shows would occasionally host a spot from a guy who'd give a 5-minute rant in the most perfectly raw Pgh accent you could ever imagine. I don't recall much about his persona -- just another working stiff from Steeltown -- but his pitch-perfect voice was a major element in the act. Any memories?
People often put on a 'funny voice' or accent for emphasis or just in general conversation. This is possibly a reaction to their company but possibly some kind of psychological obfuscation? Does askmetafilter know of any any research into the way people put on funny voices for emphasis when they say things? Accents and intonations etc. Google has not been kind to finding ideas or starting points.
Do you know of any videos that feature dead on imitations of foreign accents? I'm looking for things along the lines of this one, but not necessarily part of a stand up comedy routine. Not interested in anything that is mean-spirited. Also interested to know how people can nail a foreign accent so accurately (whether for comedy, making a movie, etc.).
These two YouTube videos, Video 1 and Video 2, contain men speaking English with a similar accent. Is this an accent? Can anyone identify it? [more inside]
Hello, I'm a French student preparing for English interviews and in my last mock session my interviewer talked about my accent that could put me at a disadvantage. I can't afford and don't have the time to see a speech therapist so I'm looking for books with audio tracks that are aimed at mastering the standard American accent. Do you know or know somebody that had had great results with a particular book? Thank you!
How possible would it be to write an app or piece of software that could take a piece of speech text and change the accent of the speaker? What challenges would there be given the current level of speech recognition and audio processing technology and linguistic knowledge? [more inside]
I teach for a living but have a lot of linguistic baggage that I'd like to get rid of. Specifically, I have some weird pronunciation/accent issues and would like to speak "General American" or newscaster English. Is this something I can do on my own? What resources should I use? [more inside]
I'm learning a monologue with a General Australian accent, but I'm having trouble finding resources to check my pronunciation of the R-rated language in the monologue. Can you point me to recordings that may help? [more inside]
Accent filter: where is the accent in this video from? [more inside]
What does a "robot voice" sound like in languages other than English? [more inside]
We're resigned to our differences over the pronunciation of 'scone' (rhyming it with either 'stone' or 'gone'). The strange thing is that both of us regard the other's pronunciation as sounding 'posh'. So, does scone/scone divide along class lines, or is it more about geography or something else?
In what regional dialect do people pronounce "bagel" as though it were spelled "baggle"? [more inside]
How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns?
How can I become expert at distinguishing a person's home province in China, based on their speech patterns (accent)? [more inside]
Linguistics-filter: What sort of English accent makes "brown," "sun," and "shone" all be pronounced with a similar vowel sound? [more inside]
What jokes do you know that absolutely depend on telling a good story? [more inside]
Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
Englishman-doing-Jamaican-accent-LyricFilter: What is Rednek saying in the first verse of this song? [more inside]
How would a Cockney pronounce "Battlestar Galactica"?
What is the best direction to go in for LED accent lighting/throwies on a budget that demands maximum bang for the buck? [more inside]
Please recommend some entertaining Spanish-language YouTube videos for listening practice. I'm looking for a variety of Spanish accents, and people that are entertaining to listen to. [more inside]
Quick one for the British among us: how decent are the accents really in Tim Burton's version of "Sweeney Todd"? [more inside]
Stupid Word Problem: Shift key only produces accented vowels; does not capitalize. [more inside]
I'd like to learn Norwegian. Caveat: I'd like to learn specifically the Bergen dialect/accent. Is that possible? [more inside]
Can't believe I'm using a question on this, but it's driving me mad...what accent is shared by David Mitchell and the character Maurice Moss on the IT Crowd (no idea if the actor actually shares this accent when not playing the role). Is it a regional accent, or just a peculiarly nasal way of speaking? Do Brits perceive them as having the same accent? Is it upper-class, nerdy, or what?
What are Youtube videos with strong, classic, interesting, funny accents to imitate? [more inside]
In the United States, is a strong regional accent a class marker? [more inside]
What features mark Geoffrey Rush's character in The King's Speech as being Australian? [more inside]
UK accent-identification question: where is Chris from? He's the producer of the Bugle podcast with John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. [more inside]
I'm looking for evidence of a St Louis accent. [more inside]
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. [more inside]
How would you describe the accent of the man wearing the gray jacket in this Mitchell and Webb clip? [more inside]
Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
How different are Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican Spanish? [more inside]
How can I change my accent in a second language? [more inside]
How can I break up the monotony of first conversations? (+strange accent situation) [more inside]
A question for native speakers of UK English: With formal writing, can you readily distinguish between US and UK English? If you were reading something that supposedly targeted a UK audience and an Americanism cropped up, would you find that distracting? [more inside]