British accents

April 24 2014

Or rather, accents of the British Isles. A brilliant but not exhaustive tour:

No Brummie (Birmingham), Geordie (Newcastle), Manchester, Cumbria, Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent), Derbyshire, Black Country (between Birmingham and Wolverhampton). The first three are big omissions. There are more variations within regions. He does Scouse or Liverpudlian.

He deals with some regional, but not class or “ethnic” or English-diaspora nuances. His Devon-Cornwall needs some polishing.

Voice of Andrew Jack, a dialect coach. He should do another, five-minute, take.

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3 Responses to “British accents”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    The German-speaking world has variations which are just as great. Can’t speak about the rest of Europe.

  2. dino Says:

    Hi David,

    It’s been along time since my last visit and no doubt there’s lots to catch up on.

    RE this one – yes, brilliantly done, but the omissions do stand out.

    As a cockney (born in the East End), the link to East Anglia, I would venture, is no great revelation.

    Apart from that, it’s not just accents that vary – once in the south of Spain I chanced upon a group of campers arguing excitedly among themselves. I decided they were Danish (it was completely unintelligible to me) until I started to hear the odd “English” word coming through. They turned out to be Geordies!!

    The same goes for Spain – not just huge variation of accents, but Asturian, Valencian, Catalan, Gallego (and Basque of course) – different languages altogether from Castellano.

  3. davidderrick Says:

    And, obviously, for Italy.

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