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1,300 ways to say the same thing | Education | The Guardian

Speech Accent Archive“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 can hear these words recited 1,300 times at the online speech accent archive at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia – and every one is different.

via 1,300 ways to say the same thing | Education | The Guardian.

You can listen to people from a specific country or browse by native language, which may be more useful if you’re a language student. To give you an idea of the possibilities, compare the following native speakers (all links open in a new window):

Do you want to add to the archive? It’s as easy as recording a good quality file and sending it to them, although you will have to fill in a form and agreement first 😉

Get all the information you need here.

Strange Random Accent Quote:

I shouldn’t be saying this – high treason, really – but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren’t fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there. – Stephen Fry

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