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Accent Attack

Help in understanding English accents.

Have you ever wondered what a Korean person speaking English sounds like? What about a South African? Or someone from Mexico? Well, now you can hear hundreds of accents at the “The Speech Accent Archive” – an online database of native and non-native speakers of English.

The project is managed by the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. The university started collecting recordings in 1999 and it now has 1,300. Every contributor has to record the following paragraph:

“Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.”

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (198) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 20 words for describing emotions in English, so you can characterise friends, relatives and colleagues. Plus, 8 useful words and expressions for talking about DIY (home repairs), 10 useful words for the kitchen, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Food – chocolate. The environment – carbon footprints. Story time – jokes in English. Holidays – postcards from abroad. Functional language – making requests. Grammar – relative clauses. Listening – accents. Language – how to learn phrasal verbs. British culture – nomadic people. Literature – Harry Potter. Celebrities – Emma Watson. Music – the music business. Robotics – famous robots. Food – meatballs. Cuisine – Jamie Oliver. Business – lawyers. World issues – the TED awards. • Accents – the Canadian accent. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!