3 comments to A tour of accents across the British Isles
While on vacation, I overheard a family in discussion about their vacation. I knew that they were English speakers, but not like any English that I’ve ever heard. I finally asked them where they were from and they politely replied “Liverpool”. It reminded of how different the regions of my country are in speaking the “native tongue”…
I’m an englishman, a yorkhireman born and bred, and the son of a welsh woman. I was married to a Lancastrian for a few years, I have a lot of Welsh relatives, some Scots, both highland and lowland.
I’ve lived and worked in several different parts of Britain, and have friends and relatives in many of the regions portrayed in the video.
This guy might be a dialect coach, but he’s laughably far from good on most of these accents. In every instance, to a native speaker, he simply sounds like an outsider trying to do the accent. His version of Yorkshire? Well, Yorkshire accents vary widely from place to place, but I can’t track his version down to any region.
Summary: Sounds good if you’re not from any of these places. Not so much if you’re familiar with the real thing.
Try this, a Yorkshire Wolds Farmer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScELaXMCVis
My late uncle spoke like this.
He’s better than some that I’ve heard, but still pretty bad in places.
His scouse accent is laughable and his “Northern Irish” is off. He very wisely avoids the Midlands as it seems very few ppeople from outside the area can get those accents right.
I used to work with an old guy from Yorkshire who used to make me chuckle with his accent and odd words – such as “dog shelf” instead of floor.
“Put it on t’ dog shelf.”