Flags indicate a place on the globe with a recorded speech sample. Courtesy Speech Accent Archive
Last Friday was St. Patricks day, which means that many of us were subjected to friends who, after a pint or three, began to believe that they could speak in a charming and convincingly authentic Irish brogue. In actuality, these people were probably just repeating something along the lines of Theyre always after me Luck Charms! while wearing a green plastic hat.
Thanks to the linguistics department at George Mason University, you can now show your friend how its really done. The Speech Accent Archive is a fascinating body of recordings that document English speakers from around the world reading the same non-sequiturish linguistic test paragraph.
Revelations so far: Scandanavians speak better English than most Americans, and no one says six spoons of fresh snow peas better than the Irish. —John Mahoney