Test yourself: where do you think these words are from?
Work together in pairs or small groups. Listen to the recordings that we have chosen for you and discuss how the accents differ.
Of course, you don’t have to listen to the entire recording. Try, however, to pay attention to the following:
the intonation of the dialect: the rise and fall of the voice, especially at the end of sentences.
Is there a distinct use of vowels or consonants?
Are there any specific words that stand out? Any words that are non-standard?
Which ones are the easiest and most difficult dialects to understand? Why?
Is it a rhotic or non-rhotic dialect? Is the /r/ always pronounced or only in some positions of a word?
Rhotic = /r/ can be heard in all the places where it is found in the spelling, e.g. 'car', 'park', 'farmer' - /r/ is pronounced.
Non-rhotic = /r/ is only pronounced if the next sound is a vowel, and never at the end of words, e.g. 'car', 'park', 'farmer' - /r/ is not pronounced.
Underneath each recording, you will find a transcript that might be helpful if you are looking for unique words or sentence structures.
Audio recordings of different accents
If you want to listen to other British dialects you will find more here: Link to interactive map of British dialects and accents on google.com.
Make a presentation about one of the British dialects in the list below. We have provided you with two articles that could be useful for each dialect, but you should also try to find your own sources.
Your presentation should include information about the origin of the dialect and where it is spoken. Also include information about intonation, vocabulary, and grammatical structures that are unique to your dialect.
Information about different British dialects
Do you have a British accent? Try this quiz to find out what part of the United Kingdom you most sound like you're from.