Monday, October 3, 2011

Standard Pronunciation

I've been talking and reading about accents and pronunciation a lot lately.  The really cool thing to know is that everybody has an accent. Even those folks who talk on NPR, even  members of the British royal family have accents.

I just spent two hours playing around with the International English dialects on this site and on this one too.


  1. In addition to that, I think the language you primarily speak in your childhood, shapes your accent & word pronounciations when speaking English later.

  2. Absolutely. I think that some sounds are nearly impossible to learn if you don't learn them early. A child in my class who speaks German at home can't make the /th/ sound. I can't properly pronounce the vowel in the Ga word 'kotsa', etc...Our childhood language is difficult to move beyond.