Articles Tagged 'accent'

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Which Brit Has the Most Desirable Accent?

There are many reasons why British voices and accents are greeted with increased (and entirely appropriate) levels of reverence and respect all over the world. Some of them are historical—the British Empire was very big, after all, and those guys knew how to command respect—and some cultural; to do with remarkable achievements in the fields […]

English Gent

Five Lessons That Will Help Sort Out Your ‘British’ Accent

First of all, it’s important to state that there is no ‘British’ accent. There are so many regional dialects spread across tiny geographical areas that to arrive in, say, Swansea or Leicester (pronounced “lester”—you’re welcome), and launch into a stream of corblimey cockneyisms would go down extraordinarily badly. Actually, arriving in Glasgow and attempting a […]


10 Ways for Brits to Integrate Into America More Quickly

Get down with the lingo, befriend some locals and read a paper: these are just some of the tricks that will help ease your U.S. assimilation. 1. Learn how baseball and “football” work Being able to hold your own in conversations about the sports Americans hold dear will make you feel like less of an […]

Technology 2 – English Language O

Apple has heavily touted its iPhone 4S’s new voice recognition feature known as Siri, which is supposed to understand what you say to it and actually answer back using words. Much has been made of how it can handle a wide range of accents – English dialects from London to Sydney. But it’s having lots […]

Streep, Hathaway Face Scrutiny over On-screen British Accents

Meryl Streep may be the acknowledged Queen of Accents, but even she could come in for criticism when she starts mouthing off as former three-term British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, a biopic opening December 16. Any filmgoer with fingers nimble enough to Google past video clips featuring the real Mrs. Thatcher […]

WATCH: Can Colin Firth Do A Decent Southern Accent?

This is the trailer for Colin Firth’s new movie Main Street, in which he plays a southern businessman looking to transform the town of Durham, North Carolina, which is struggling to keep going in the face of massive economic pressure. Which of course means that he ‘s got to get the accent right. Orlando Bloom’s […]

Five Strong UK Regional Accents That DID Succeed In America

In tribute to poor old Cheryl Cole, whose natural mode of expression seems to have caused so many furrowed brows among so many hopeful performers on the US X Factor that she had to be sent home in disgrace (if we’re reading the tabloids correctly), here are five other regional accents which should have caused […]

Russell Brand Says American TV Execs Should Listen Better

OK so we promise we won’t be running lots and lots of stories about the American X Factor and who is and is not going to be judging it this year. Frankly the way things are going, they should get the contestants to decide who’s going through to the finals as a judge. That’d be […]

Ray Winstone: Voice Coach To The Stars

If you’ve seen Mel Gibson’s performance as a puppeteer in The Beaver, and marvelled at the accuracy with which he nails the London accent for his furry friend, well, there’s a reason for that. Far from being a dubbed on voice-over from Michael Caine (which was one of the rumors doing the rounds), he called […]

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