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The English Language in 67 Accents & Random Voices. Accent map - S�k p� Google. Sound map - Accents & dialects. Sounds Familiar? What you can hear You can listen to 71 sound recordings and over 600 short audio clips chosen from two collections of the British Library Sound Archive: the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank.

Sounds Familiar?

You’ll hear Londoners discussing marriage and working life, Welsh teenagers talking with pride about being bilingual and the Aristocracy chatting about country houses. You can explore the links between present-day Geordie and our Anglo-Saxon and Viking past or discover why Northern Irish accents are a rich blend of seventeenth century English and Scots. You can study changes in pronunciation among the middle classes or find out how British Asians express their linguistic identity.

What you can do In addition there are interpretation and learning packages relating to the dual themes of language variation and language change within spoken English. Introducing British accents. On my first teaching day at IH Newcastle, at least three different students said this to me: My friend told me that if I can understand Geordie, I will be able to understand any English.

Introducing British accents

While I don’t know if this is necessarily true, it started an interesting discussion about accents, and the students observed that my accent was not a local one* (many of them are staying with host families). I decided to put together a set of materials to raise their awareness of the variety of accents in the UK. While it’s not comprehensive, it should provide a jumping off point for students to find out more. In Class Discuss the questions in small groups.

The Videos These were the best examples I could find, but feel free to add other suggestions to the comments. Geordie: Gary Hogg – Funny Geordie Monologue Brummie / Black Country: Allan Ahlberg – Talk Us Through It, Charlotte External Link: West Country: The Wurzels – I’ve Got a Brand New Combine Harvester Scouse: Craig Charles interview. Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Accents. A recent survey in the UK has found that regional accents can be “bad for business”.

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Accents

Professor Khalid Aziz, a specialist in communication for business executives, questioned people in high-level management to find out their opinions on regional accents. He discovered that non-English accents are better for business success in England. Speakers with an American, Scottish, Indian or Asian accent are preferred to speakers with a regional variation. Professor Aziz said: “Although it may not be [acceptable] to believe that accents matter nowadays, it is very [clear] from our research that…prejudices still exist.”

The survey also reports that business people think speakers with Indian or Asian accents are more trustworthy and reliable than speakers with American or British accents. 1. 2. 3. African American English. Learning outcomes Students will understand that: African American English is not substandard English.

African American English

African American English, like all dialects, is rule-governed and systematic. African American English has been shaped by historical and social factors, as are all dialects. Teacher planning Time required for lesson One hour. Do You Speak American . For Educators . Curriculum . High School . Regional. Most Americans are well aware that English sounds different in different parts of the country.

Do You Speak American . For Educators . Curriculum . High School . Regional

They may assert that people in other places speak with a drawl or a twang or that they sound nasal. In some places, people are said to speak fast; in others, slowly. The existence of regional speech differences is indisputable, but the differences have contributed to widely held stereotypes, for instance, that Southerners are friendly, although perhaps not as intelligent as Northerners, but Northerners are rude. Why do these stereotypes persist despite evidence that they are inaccurate? Why are there so many regional varieties in the U.S.? Dialects in Britain are disappearing as northerners increasingly use southern words. They cause a surprising amount of pain for something so small and can be infuriating to remove.

Dialects in Britain are disappearing as northerners increasingly use southern words

But the slithers of wood buried under skin are also revealing something dramatic about the way we speak. A team of researchers has discovered that the once rich and varied dialects used around the British Isles are gradually merging into one. Where once there were many different words used to describe an injury sustained while handling timber – spelks, slivers, shivers, speels, spools, spiles, spills and splints – most have now vanished. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have mapped out how dialects in Britain have changed since the 1950s. They found that many regional words for a piece of wood under the skin have vanished, with most of the country now using the word splinter, apart from a small part of the north east that still say spelk (illustrated) Instead, most people around Britain now use a term that was traditionally only found in the south of England – splinters.

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