Brits: a micro tour, by one actor, of UK accents: how'd he do? Others for different languages?

I can watch vids like this all day.

Does anyone one know one of American accents, or Spanish, German, Italian, etc.?
ETA: Plus he threw in Ireland proper.

Ok - A pretty good effort, but I bet all the people who hear those accents (and dialects) every day would say his was rubbish.

For one example I offer you a Northern Irish interview with handy subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNSoWVx8Ii8

The two Scottish accents he tried aren’t great, but I can’t really articulate why. They just sound a bit off.

Surprised the snippet of Cornish really sounded Cornish (well central Cornwall anyway)

Pretty good.

Yorkshire was a bit flat (and there is actually quite a cluster of different accents in Yorkshire)
Liverpool was a bit exaggerated
Highland Scots sounded a little bit twee to me.

But probably the best effort I’ve seen all from one speaker in a fluid presentation like that.

Yorkshire has two South Yorkshire accents, Sheffield and the very distinctive Barnsley accent, further up and Leeds has its own way - its probably a bi closer to the Yorkshire accent he used, except the ‘Yaarksha’ part he used was completely wrong, this is a chant used at the Headingley cricket ground - I can assure you that no-one uses it in this way in regular speech ever. North Yorkshire splits again into two accents, a slower accent and one that is obviously going toward Teeside.

Barnsley

Sheffield

Leeds

North Yorkshire

Comedian take on Yorkshire

Liverpool

His Lancashire accent misses out the vast majority of that population, since he hasn’t covered Manchester, which is quite nasal - his Lancashire accent is found in a certain number of smaller towns such as Burnley and roundabouts.

His Liverpool accent is weird, its over exaggerated in the part he does, but it actually nowhere near strong enough in others, its quite poor.

He hasn’t done the Birmingham accent, this also has a huge population, its the second largest city out of London, so you’d think he would give it a go.

He has not done anything in the North East - Newcastle, Durham, Middlesborough - this is a very very distinctive accent, speakers never lose it no matter how long they stay away.

His London accent is really a generic Essex accent, not Cockney in the slightest.

This is much better

This has a few flaws, but at least it covers Northern England pretty good

Are these accents still that distinctive? I get the impression that in the US, we’re all moving to a common one, although they used to be quite different. (So that someone from Brooklyn sounded different than someone from the Bronx and someone from Maine had an accent different from a Boston resident.)

Not germane, but the British take offense when referred to as “Brits.” I did that once on a FB post, and got a reply, “That’s British, Yank.”

Or a Brit took offense anyway.

Dislike of the word “Brit” can’t possibly be universal, or else they wouldn’t call the equivalent of the Grammy Awards the “Brit Awards.”

I do inside sales for an industrial distributor and I talk to people from all over the US every day, so I have some experience with this. Broad accents - the stereotypical accents you know from movies and television - are very rare and survive mostly in rural communities (I check shipping addresses on Google maps), but more subtle versions of those accents are common. I often hear “hints” of the South or of Texas or of Maine in people’s speech, so regional accents haven’t disappeared completely, but they have definitely flattened out.

One contributing factor is that people are so mobile these days. The guy in Atlanta ordering parts may have grown up in Wisconsin, so his accent definitely doesn’t play as Southern.

It’s one of those words that can be used in a derogatory way, but generally isn’t. It’s fine.

They do get mixed up a little bit now that people move about more, but they are still pretty strong and often very distinctive.

For example: Oldham and Stockport are two towns that are each about half a dozen miles away from central Manchester (and about the same distance from one another) - I can tell the difference between the three accents (they are similar, but each has its little details of distinction).

(I don’t live anywhere near there - I just happen to know a few people from each of these places and I can generalise certain traits from their accents, sufficiently that I can usually tell with certainty when I meet someone new from Oldham, for example)

I didn’t think much of his Liverpudlian.
His Northern Irish is robotic but almost there and maybe if it wasn’t a snippet he’d do a passable one.
The Dublin one is half right, half shite, straying into an almost stage Irish stereotyped accent that only exists in other countries.

There are many, many distinctive accents within Ireland (and of course Britain), even within Dublin alone. Class, parentage, and locale combine to create a myriad of accents.

This Brit doesn’t :).

Nor me. I’m thinking barbitu8 just ran into an idiot looking for any reason to be offended.

Brits Out!!! :smiley:

Here’s a similar video for Germany. The accents from the areas that are part of Germany today sound almost perfect to me.

I don’t know about those from areas that are now part of Poland or Russia (and were in 1973, when this video was made; the map he uses looks very wrong). Those accents are obviously not that common anymore.

I just took a listen to casdave’s ‘Barnsley’ link above, and I must say that particular variety of Yorkshire sounds a lot like Daisy on Downton Abbey - is that correct? Does she indeed have that self-same distinctive accent?

At the time probably there were still a whole lot of displaced East Prussians and Silesians hanging around who had not assimilated their accent.