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November 21, 2010

Say, that's an interesting accent -- where do y'all hail from?

Did you ever wonder what something sounded like when spoken in a particular accent?

Wonder no more. The Speech Accent Archive features more than 200 accents, many with male and female examples from different regions within various nations, all saying the same thing:

Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.

You might have surmised that a Bavarian woman from Berchtesgaden sounds subtly different than an Austrian gal from Vienna, but you've probably been unable to compare the two so easily.

The selection is enormous, with a variety of rather esoteric places from which to pick.

I didn't say this was useful, just interesting.

Posted by Mike Lief at November 21, 2010 04:57 PM