Watch Reese Witherspoon teach you some southern slang

Dern tootin', Reese! (Vanity Fair)

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Guy nails every accent

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A movie accent expert comments on 31 actors playing real people

This is a fascinating deep dive into actors' portrayals of famous people like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Muhammed Ali, Julia Child, Bob Dylan.

From YouTube description: "Dialect coach Erik Singer takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. To best break down this concept, Erik analyzes some actors playing real people. Just how close was Jamie Foxx's Ray Charles? What about Cate Blanchett's portrayal of Bob Dylan? Is Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln accurate?" Read the rest

Funny video of fellow trying to speak without his southern accent

"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.

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100 Americans attempt a British accent

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

How to convince people you are from Iceland

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

How to learn a Cockney British accent in under two minutes

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

Learn 12 different accents in under four minutes

Dialect coach Sammi Grant gives a crash course in a dozen different accents including my favorite, the Transatlantic accent. (Think Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. More on that here.)

"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)

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Dialect coach teaches you 12 different accents

Sammi Grant, professional dialect coach, runs through 12 different accents, from Londoner to Transatlantic. Read the rest

Hollywood accent coach critiques 32 actors' accents

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

Woman demonstrates 14 accents

In 2014 Saara sang in 14 different genres. This month, she spoke in 14 different accents. Read the rest

Video of man demonstrating 67 accents spoken in English

Truseneye92 says:

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.

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Target will be closing in 10 minutes

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

Donald Trump given a posh British accent

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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Voice actor's wonderful tour of US regional accents

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

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Game of Brogues

From Max Read's fantastic article nitpicking the inconsistencies in Game of Thrones' deployment of regional British accents:

"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.

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A fantastic story of a love affair with physics

"At its most base level, everything is nuts. So f#*$ it." In which a bartender from Queens becomes obsessed with theoretical physics. Read the rest

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