Accents and what to do with them

Interesting article on BBC about languages, accents and human ability to hear the difference:

May 7, 2019


Fascinating! Explains why I can hear languages so much more easily after nearly five years of listening to them constantly. Actually everything seems louder. I suppose that is because I actually hear more because I no longer filteer oht certain wavelengths.

It may be affecting my accent too. People keep asking me where I am from. I no longer sound so standardly British. I was asked if I was Australian the other day! And then if I am Scottish. I would love to know how my accent in various other languages sounds.

May 8, 2019

Interesting read.

I always wonder if there is a connection between the strength of someone's accent and their musical abilities. I'm not very musical and although I started learning English from native speakers when I was three and had a lot of exposure to it as a child, I still have an accent (not so bad that I can't be understood, but still). I've encountered people who started learning languages much later than that who barely have an accent.

Also, I think the "everyone in a company has to speak English" policy mentioned in the article is horrible. Sure, it's good if people can speak it, but if someone isn't in a position where they have to speak to English speaking customers or really need it for other reasons, it shouldn't be a requirement.

The discrimination of regional dialects is also going to continue making language less diverse.

May 8, 2019

Fascinating, brilliant and very useful information.. Thank you so much for sharing this! Gracias , Sasha, siempre compartes cosas muy interesantes y utiles para nosotros..

May 8, 2019

Thanks for the video!

May 7, 2019
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