Thursday, December 3, 2009

Spoken English from around the world

If you want to hear accents from such countries as South Africa, Australia, Canada and the United States this is a good site.

How to use the site
First check that you can hear the words by moving your mouse over or clicking on any of the words in blue*.

*Please note that the symbols used to represent the sounds are not from the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).
You should hear a message, 'The sounds is working'.
Then click on a word in the list on the right hand side of the screen.
You can hear the word in many different accents from different parts of  England, Wales Scotland and Ireland as well as other English-speaking countries.
There is a big difference in how people from the north of England speak certain words compared to people from the south.
Try listening to words like - bath, blood, calf and right.

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