AccentHelp – 37 Accents
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American Southern: Hard-R Accent Vol. 1
The Hard-R accent is spoken all across the south, and this covers the varied elements of the dialect, explaining the difference between twang and drawl. From the Ozark mountains to the backwoods of Georgia, you’ll hear ‘em all, y’all!
American Southern: Hard-R Accent Vol. 2
Volume 2 of the Southern: Hard-R accent is a huge collection of recordings from Virginia, West Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennesse, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Missouri!
American Southern: Hard-R Accent Vol. 3
Volume 3 of the Southern: Hard-R accent includes a number of recordings from Pawhuska, Oklahoma – perfect for productions of August: Osage County – and from Natchitoches, Louisiana – perfect for productions of Steel Magnolias.
American Southern: Soft-R Accent
Southern: Soft-R is a classic accent that is not as common today, with the R-sound dropped after vowels. It’s what you often hear in plays by Tennessee Williams and others – and Hollywood gets it wrong all the time!
There are some variations in Boston accents, but they all share elements with the stereotypical “Southie” accent taught in this download. Bostonians seems unsatisfied with anyone’s attempt at the accent – but here’s your wicked key to nailing it!
Cajun accents are focused around the swamplands of southern Louisiana and into southeast Texas. Even though many younger Cajuns don’t speak French anymore, the language still has a huge impact on their accents. You’ll hear both contemporary Cajuns and classic Cajuns who speak very little English here, cher!
Central Plains Midwest Accent
Central Plains Midwest accents carry west to the Rocky Mountains, including Colorado & Wyoming, as well as the Midwestern states of Iowa, Nebraska & Kansas. You might expect the more Western accents to sound more Southern, but in reality, a Laramie, Wyoming accent doesn’t have that quality.
The stereotypical Chicago accent has become very recognized largely due to all of the Second City improv people who’ve come out of Chicago and made their way onto Saturday Night Live, such as Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and John Belushi. Da Bears! Da Bulls! Da David Mamet!
Gullah and Geechee are the common terms for the accent and culture of African-Americans along the coast of the southeastern United States. This accent developed largely due to years of isolation on the islands off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia – today, it’s in danger of dying out.
New England Downeast Accent
These “Downeast” New England accent materials lead you throughout the northeast, including bigger port cities like Portland and the isolated lobstering community out on Matinicus Island. You’ll also hear inland variations that show it’s not just the coast that drops the ah’s, a-yah!
New Orleans Yat Accent
New Orleans accents are somewhat a-typical for the south, and are sometimes mistaken for New York. New Orleans accents are often called Yat or Y’at because of the phrase “Where y’at?” meaning “How are you?” You’re doing great if you’re in the Crescent City…
New York City Accent
The New York accent is perhaps the most recognizable American accent worldwide – and it’s also one of AccentHelp’s most frequently downloaded accent training courses. This covers the varied accents in and around the city, especially hitting on the accents of Brooklyn and da Bronx.
NYC Latino Accent
New York City Latino and Latina accents are commonly spoken in Spanish Harlem and in other parts of NYC, especially because areas in the Heights have gentrified, moving many of the Nuyoricans and other Latinos into various neighborhoods of NYC.
Pittsburgh accents are sometimes called “Yinzer” accents because of the common usage of “yinz” or “yinz guys” to describe a group (much like “y’all” in varieties of American Southern. This’ll make you ready to head dahntahn and cheer fer da Stillers!
Texan Accent Vol. 1
The traditional Texas accent from classic cowboy films is more the west Texas sound, with a strong drawl; whereas the east Texas sound has much more “twang” to it. This download teaches both of these variations and includes recordings of native speakers from all over Texas.
Texan Accent Vol. 2
Volume 2 of the Texas accent is a collection of recordings from various parts of Texas, including that east Texas twang and the traditional west Texas drawl from classic cowboy films. This download contains samples of native speakers from all over Texas.
Upper Midwest Accent (USA)
Upper Midwest American accents include speakers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, but the accent actually carries over into a number of other states as well, including South Dakota, New York, Iowa, Montana, Idaho and even Alaska. This accent isn’t just for Fargo anymore!
British Isles Accents
The Cockney accent is also known as an East End accent. It’s the accent you hear in Guy Ritchie films and from stereotypical working-class London characters, such as Liza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Fagan in Oliver. This download was not used for coaching dialects in the Mary Poppins film…
Estuary English Accent – London
Estuary is a rather new accent term for the contemporary London sound that is a blend of RP and Cockney – it’s sometimes called Mockney! It tends to sound like either a relaxed Standard British or rather posh Cockney. It’s even spoken by Prime Ministers and members of the royal family!
Irish Accent: Dublin
This download focuses on learning a Dublin Irish accent, including recordings of Dublin natives and others from nearby suburbs. There is a lot in common with accents of the northern parts of Ireland, but it’s quite different from the accents of the west and south of Ireland.
Irish Accent: North
These materials focus on the accents of Northern Ireland (Ulster) and on the accents of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. They are separated politically, but the dialect is closely similar. You’ll hear recordings of people from all over this northern region of the island.
Irish Accent: South
This download focuses on learning a Southern Irish accent, including recordings of natives from the Counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick. This is the stereotypical Irish accent – much like the “Lucky Charms” accent you hear in movies like Darby O’Gill and the Little People, but they’re usually taller than that…
Irish Accent: West
This download focuses on learning a Western Irish accent, with recordings of natives from the Aran Islands (Inishmore), Galway and Sligo. It’s appropriate for a lot of Martin McDonough’s plays and the work of Synge and Yeats. Western Ireland has a lot of speakers of Gaelic – the Irish language.
Scottish accents can actually vary a good deal. Commonly Glasgow is considered one of the thickest accents in Scotland, while Edinburgh is perhaps the lightest – but the two are only about 50 miles apart! Very few people still speak the Scots language today, but it has definitely had a grrreat influence on the dialect!
Standard British Accent (RP)
When someone uses the generic term “British accent” they’re probably referring to this upper-class accent! Standard British – RP – should be in every actor’s toolkit. It also has a huge influence of accents around the world because when people around the world learn English, chances are they’re learning this!
Welsh accents included with this download cover Welsh speakers from the far north to the far south of Wales. The Welsh language is much more common spoken in the north of Wales, buy it has definitely had an influence on all Welsh accents. The border between Wales and England isn’t even a river, so the west of England and the East of Wales can sound quite similar…
Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK in the north of England. The accent is sometimes known as Broad Yorkshire or Tyke, and is often considered a country accent, but because the area is so large, there can be a lot of variation, such as in cities like Bradford and Leeds – but there are a lot of shared elements that scream Yorkshire!
Australia & New Zealand Accent
The accents of Australia & New Zealand are similar enough that they are grouped together. Learn the strong stereotypes – and the variations: You’ll hear Broad Australian in movies like Crocodile Dundee, whereas Cultured Australian is more commonly used by Aussie politicians…
The Canadian accent can be very similar to a neutral American accent – when it’s light, but heavier Canadian accents are very distinct from most American accents. You’ll hear recordings from all over Canada, from Toronto all the way west to Vancouver Island – with the sound of bald eagles in the background!
Dutch accents can vary a bit depending upon what part of the Netherlands someone is from. People often find that it sounds something like a German accent, but there are some distinct differences that are covered here in the download! Finally, you can reach your goal of sounding just like Herman Brood…
The French accent is one that actors will use again and again for a variety of projects, whether it’s Peter Sellers’ over-the-top Pink Panther version or a more subtle accent much like Juliette Binoche in films like Chocolat and The English Patient. Pepe le Pew, eat your heart out, skunk boy.
French Canadian Accent
The French Canadian accent materials are focused on French speakers in Quebec, speaking in English.
Though all of Canada is officially bilingual, Québécois – French Canadian – is mainly spoken in the far east of Canada. It’s similar to a French accent, but the Canadian English influence tends to result in some variations, and here they are!
The German accent is a standard one for actors to have readily available. Whether you’re trying for a stereotypical German accent or something much more subtle, this download will lead you through the accent and clarify specific issue for you, such as the difference between High and Low German accents, ja!
Every actor needs an Italian accent in their back pocket – whether you need-a to speak-a with a strong “Roberto Benigni” accent or a lighter “Sophia Loren” version! Italian accents can vary a bit, especially to the far north and the far south of Italy – this download focuses on the central Italian accent that most Italians speak: qui è!
The AccentHelp Mexican-American accent materials cover the accent of Spanish speakers from American border towns and various places in Mexico when they speak English. Mexican accents are strongly influenced by the fact that most speakers have learning American English – north or south of the border, aquí está!
Russia is an enormous country with most of the population to the far west, which is near a number of other Slavic countries that have a lot of accent elements in common. Significant elements of Russian accents carry over into the accents of the rest of the former USSR – the former Soviet block still shares languages and accents.
Spain – Castilian Accent
Spain is divided into a number of autonomous provinces that relate to language & cultural differences. Spanish (Castellano or Español) is the national language spoken by almost all Spaniards, but there can be some variation in the accents due to the dialect of Spanish the people speak & language variations.
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