My son wants learn different accents. He has a couple down already just from listening to TV shows. Something that I thought was just fun seems to have improved his pronunciation.
A fun exercise he started on his own is reading out loud using a different accents. This makes him really read the words and sound them out in different ways. It helps him inadvertently master his own language. After he reads a paragraph with say a thick Scottish accent, then I ask he read it to me with no accent and to my ear he’s reading has vastly improved.
There are so many accents we have found after some research. Within countries dialects change and so do the accents. We had fun listening to actress Amy Walker showcase 21 Accents.
There are many resources online that would be helpful. There are DVDs or CDs at the library. My son wants to learn and perfect a Scottish, French, Australian, Irish, German, Hindi, English and Italian accent. He’s had great success with these websites:
The following videos on YouTube show how to learn foreign accents. They are a great learning tool.
If you have a smart phone, these apps are free and very helpful for learning accents.
Learn how to pronounce words in other languages correctly
-British Accent Lite
Master a European English accent in no time
Homeschool Activities by SmartTutor.com
Article by Nuria Almeida
Photo By Matt Batchelor