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December 22, 2010

Most Americans are in the habit of referring to “the English accent.” We might even “do” an English accent, just for fun. But we know that in fact, there’s no such thing as one single British accent.

Indeed, if we had to guess, we’d say that the English have developed at least four distinct accents: English, Scottish, Cockney, and Australian.

I love listening to the way people talk here. There seem to be as many British accents as there are British people. Everyone has a regional residue (north v south, etc. etc.) — plus a blush of class (working v middle v posh) — finished off with a dash of personal eccentricity (some people like to sound clipped, others prefer drawling; some adopt a bored monotone, others festoon their sentences with Dickensian flourishes of “lovely” and “horrid” and “utterly hideous.”)

Anyway, here are some real English people, telling you a bit about why they talk the way they do.


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And last but not least, all the way from Wales: