"My husband learning to speak without a southern accent," wrote Stephanie Shadrick on YouTube a couple years ago. "Absolutely hilarious!"
The fun they're having is infectious.
I'm listening to the audiobook version of Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die. It's narrated by a Brit, and I was thinking his American accent was pretty bad when he was reading lines from American characters in the book. But I shouldn't be too hard on him, after I watching this video of Americans trying and failing to speak with a British accent. Read the rest
Nanna Árnadóttir (twitter) explains how to speak English with such a good Icelandic accent that even natives will be fooled. (via MeFi) Read the rest
I fink Dick Van Dyle would have benefited from watching Matt Pocock's 2-minute Cockney British accent tutorial, had Pocock been alive in 1964. Read the rest
"I’m legally blind and one of the reasons I got into dialect coaching is because I love to hear people’s voices and help people find the range of their voices," Grant says.
(via Laughing Squid)
Sammi Grant, professional dialect coach, runs through 12 different accents, from Londoner to Transatlantic. Read the rest
Erik Singer, a dialect coach, was shown clips from 32 famous actors playing roles that required them to adopt an accent. He critiqued each one. As you might expect, Meryl Streep, Daniel Day Lewis, and Philip Seymour Hoffman get top marks. Tom Cruise and Kevin Costner, not so much. The worst? Not Dick Van Dyke's Cockney accent in Mary Poppins. It's Mickey Rooney's ridiculous Japanese accent in Breakfast at Tiffany's. This video was directed and edited by our friend, Joe Sabia. Read the rest
I start with accents from my own country and then move on to other countries around the world and then progress to other random voices which are not all accent specific but refer to different types of people including but not limited to; film and video-game characters and video-game races.
I have also added subtitles this time because it was a heavily requested feature in my previous two videos. The subtitles include a few slang/ dialect translations in brackets.
I picked up most of these accents and voices from TV, Movies, Video-games, internet and real life experiences. I apologise for the all the accents and voices that I didn't include or got wrong but it would be impossible to imitate every accent and voice on the entire planet (let alone do them all perfectly) I am only human after all.
Accents labeled with "unspecified variant" mean that I am unsure of the specific type/region the accent is from and that it does not represent everyone from that country.
I myself am a British, Southern English Londoner and my natural accent (that you hear at the beginning and end of the video) is a mixture of Formal RP and Cockney.
I like the automated voices about 2/3 of the way in. Read the rest
Target employee SentioVenia uses all sorts of accents when he informs shoppers that Target will be closing in 10 minutes. A few of them are crude stereotypes, but it's worth it for Mickey Mouse. Read the rest
A short film by Peter Serafinowicz. "What if Donald Trump had elocution lessons? All words verbatim." It would be interesting to see the opposite: give Cameron a New York accent.
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A classic from 2011: the entertaining Amy Walker demonstrates regional accents in the US from east-to-west, plus a few job-related accents.
In 2010, Amy produced a videos series of accent tips for international accents:
British Accent Tip
Italian Accent Tip
French Accent Tip
Australian Accent Tip
Russian Accent Tip
US Deep Southern Accent Tip Read the rest
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"The show has dragons, who cares if the accents don't match?": Well, first of all, I care. Second of all, the cornerstone of science fiction and fantasy fandom is nitpicking. Third of all, the fact that Game of Thrones doesn't take place within our collectively agreed-upon reality doesn't release it from its responsibility to verisimilitude or the maintenance of internal consistency within its own systems.
I'm not sure how, but I'd never seen any clips of young Richard Feynman speaking until physicist Walid Younes posted this video to Google+.
The talk itself is great and covers some important stuff. (Of course, it's Feynman!) The key thing here is the connection between theoretical understandings of how the universe works and practical observations. Theories are used to make predictions. When the predictions turn out to be correct, we get some more evidence that the theory is on the right track. Here, Feynman talks about how the theory of gravity led to the discovery of the speed of light, and how knowledge of the effect of gravity on planetary orbits led to the discovery of the planet Neptune. Very cool stuff.
But what stood out to me—and what makes this different from all the old!Feynman videos I've seen—is the persona his younger self projects. Born and raised in Queens, the young Feynman comes across, at least in accent and physical mannerisms, like some big mafia palooka straight out of central casting. Most likely, my startled reaction to this is due to Midwestern bias and being raised in an era where American regional differences in accent and culture have been largely flattened out. But it's still fascinating ... and amusing as hell to hear a guy who looks and sounds like he should be guarding hostages or threatening shop owners instead talking about gravitational theory.