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The Best Oscar Nominated Accents

In honor of Oscar night, let's looks at the actors who spent much time and effort perfecting their learned accents to fit their Oscar-nominated roles.  Often times actors work with dialect coaches to learn their character's new voice. Dialect coaches are named as such because they not only work on pronunciation and prosody (accent), but they also target the grammar and vocabulary a character would use.

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Take One Minute to Listen to an Accent Tour of the British Isles

I love listening to different dialects and this video is a great example about how accents differ depending on our origins. Although, the U.K. has more varying English dialects than the United States, it's only a third of the size of Texas! It's believed to be like this because U.K. communities were more isolated before the phone was invented in the 1930's, therefore there was less outside influence on each dialect. And similar to the general American accent that broadcasters use in the states, the U.K. has a parallel accent called Received Pronunciation (R.P.) that you will hear from U.K. broadcasters. So take a short listen to this video and tell me which is your favorite British Isles accent?

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Is There One Way to Speak American?

When you’re in the South, don’t call the cops if you hear someone say, “Looks like the devil’s beating his wife.”  Instead, look for a rainbow!  Much like how Southerners coin a sun shower, in the U.S. I find it intriguing how many different word and pronunciations are used for the same thing...(cont.)

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