What English accent do you speak
10 British dialects you should know
You may think that if you study English in the UK you will come back with a perfect British accent and sound like you have taken lessons from the Queen in person.
In fact, there are almost 40 different dialects in the UK, all of which sound completely different and in many cases spell words differently and have a different word structure. Pretty much every county has its own accent.
Here are 10 British dialects you need to know:
Start like in the north, with the accent that is everywhere for crystal-clear lochs (lakes), snow-covered mountains, tartans and Shortbread stands. The Scottish accent as we know it today didn't develop until the 18th century, but there were older forms as well.
This dialect was influenced on the one hand by the Gaelic language, which was and still is spoken in some parts of Scotland, and on the other by the Norse languages of the Vikings that invaded the country.
A Scot would Scotland pronounce as ‘SKORT-lond’, while in standard English it is ‘SKOTT-lund’. To experience this accent live, a trip to cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow is worthwhile.
Newcastle people speak a dialect called one Geordie is called. This is one of the strongest and most distinctive accents in England.
Geordie changes all the rules of the English standard language, nothing is pronounced here as one would expect: the word button resp. button can be heard here as BOT-tdan instead of BUH-do, with a ‘ooh’ sound next to the letter U and a rolled T. Taj, it's best to just listen to YouTube to get a feel for it.
People from Liverpool are called Scousers or Liverpudlians, and its dialect (which is exactly like Geordie very distinctive and unmistakable) Scouse called. A Liverpooler would instead of what’s that?woss dtha? say.
The letters A and Y are emphasized here in each word. You also roll the R, which can make it difficult to tell whether someone said L or R.
In these places you can Scouse learn: In Liverpool and in neighboring Manchester.
Yorkshire is one of the largest counties in England in terms of area and has a distinctive accent, the most striking difference in the pronunciation of the letter U being as ooo instead of as uh is spoken. Then it will be off cut rather coht and from blood becomes blohd.
The local dialect is considered the nicest and most trustworthy by other people in the UK, which I find personally strange as I have never met a trustworthy Yorkshire person (that was bullshit, in fact they are very nice people).
You can hear the Yorkshire dialect in cities like York, Leeds, and Sheffield.
Wales is officially a different country and accordingly has its own culture and language, spoken by around half a million people. There are wonderfully long and complicated words like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. This is the name of a Welsh village (and the second longest place name in the world).
When Welsh people speak English, you can tell by their accent: They speak words like 'Wales' as WEE-alss off while it is with English WAY-ells called.
You will get used to the Welsh dialect when you are in Cardiff or nearby cities, such as Bristol.
While that's probably the cutest name on our list, the accent to match is one that most people in the UK poke fun at - which is pretty mean because it seems like the Essex people have never heard themselves talk.
In any case, the name comes from the place names Brummagem or Bromwichham, both historical names for the city of Birmingham, where this dialect is spoken.
People with a brummie accent speak the word hello ’as heh-LOUW instead of the usual HEH-low, with different variations of the accent in different parts of the city (it is after all the third largest city in England).
7. West Country
The so-called West Country includes the counties of Gloucestershire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, and here the dialect is closest to the ancient British language of Anglo-Saxon, which is based on the Germanic languages. Real West Country Speakers Say I be instead of I am, and You are instead of You arewhich is very close to the German I am and You are lies. Strange isn't it?
Otherwise, this accent is rhotic (that is, the letter R is soft and rolled), which is why it actually sounds a bit like American English, even if the residents of this area wouldn't admit it.
If you want to hear the accent live, you should visit one of the cities in the West Country like Bristol or Bournemouth.
The accent of the so-called Home Counties (the counties Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex) comes closest to what is commonly known as Queen’s English, or also Received Pronunciation (R.P.) or standard English.
It's basically a 'flat' accent with stressed vowels like A (pronounced: Ah as in car) and O (spoken ohw as in snow), but an often different pronunciation for similar words, which can be quite difficult and confusing for beginners learning English at first: words like cough and dough Although they are spelled in a similar way, they are pronounced differently.
R.P. find the city of dreaming towers in cities like Cambridge, Eastbourne, Brighton and Oxford.
The dialect of this county is particularly distinctive, which is why you can tell right away if someone is from Essex. Here one speaks words like no as NA-hw and leave the th-According to words like think away and say instead finch.
It has also become commonplace, words like to and the to omit in expressions like “Let's go (to the) shops”. Lately this accent has become more popular because, to the great annoyance of all other English people, there are several reality TV shows about people from Essex.
From London you can take a day trip to Essex and explore the accent.
Probably the most famous British accent besides R.P. is Cockney, which developed from the dialect of the poor working class in the East End of London and is still considered a symbol of true ’East London origins.
Like the Essex accent, Cockney uses that instead th a f, lets that H at the beginning of words like head fall away and lengthen vowels like A and E.
But that accent is probably best known for one very bizarre thing, which is that Cockney rhyming slangwhere the speaker replaces one word with another word that is an abbreviation of an expression that rhymes with the original word but has nothing else to do with it: for example dog (short for ‘dog and bone’) instead telephone. I told you it was bizarre to speak English like a real Briton.
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