Help with accents


(Catharine Higginson) #1

Morning campers! I’ve just got two new jobs in where the client has specifically asked for help understanding different regional accents. Now I’m multi-talented (!!) but I’m not Rory Bremner…Has anyone else encountered this and how have you approached it? Any suggestions very gratefully received…

(Emma LEE) #2

I use this one as well - it’s brilliant. I love the discussion about language as well. It’s a real treasure trove.

(Catharine Higginson) #3

Thanks again guys…got even more work in so too busy to reply - how cool is that!! (Or rude…) - Anyway I do apologise and thanks again! xx

(Sab Will) #4

Now that you’ve got me going, here are a few other accent vids.

Most of them are absolute crap, but anyway, spread the love, right!

(Judy Manville) #5

Hello Catharine,
I did an OU module on lingusistics a couple of years ago - and this site came up in discussion quite a lot

I have a feeling there was somewhere else, but can’t remember. It may well surface during the move

(Sab Will) #6

Hi Catharine,
Congrats on the jobs. At the risk of stating the obvious, I’d hit You Tube like a hammer and get a whole load of vids with people with different accents. There are two angles you could take: videos of people with accents who just happen to have 'em; and videos actually focusing on accents.

I’d be interested to know what you find. This was the result of a quick search - get past his intro and there are some laugh-out-loud gems in there:


(Catharine Higginson) #7

Fab stuff ladies thank you. Will make a copy if we ever get there. Currently stuck in traffic in Bordeaux - still it is worse going the other way!!

(Rebekah Brady) #8

Helen and I both have a copy of the book/cd that Hilary mentions- you could make a copy when u visit Helen. I’ve used it with beginners but after Hilary’s comment am seeing it in a new light- like everyone else I’m always looking for new stuff!

(Hilary Newhall) #9

Hi Catharine - I’ve had students going to various places with strong regional accents and I’ve used videos from youtube to give them a feel for this. The other thing I use is a ‘Teach yourself Anglais’ pack, I bought from Lidl, many moons ago - they still have copies from time to time - 4 CDs and an accompanying book - on one of the CDs is a ‘Radio Broadcast’ specifically about different accents. Hope this helps - Hilary xx
Just found this with the search term ‘British Regional Accents’

British Regional Accents