English is complex. It’s confusing. It’s often counter-intuitive. Don’t believe me? Just check out the following videos:
The New York Times has come out with a dialect quiz based mainly on questions used in the Harvard Dialect Survey.
At the end of the quiz, you can see your own personal dialect map. It will indicate both the cities that best reflect your answers and those that least reflect your answers.
Here are my most similar cities:
How accurate is this quiz? Irving wasn’t a surprise because I was born and raised in Texas. My native Houston didn’t make it into the top three, but that area is still a dark red color on my dialect map.
What I found curious was that they pegged me as an Arizonian. I’ve never been to Arizona; however, the Southwest has always been a region of the U.S. that interests me culturally. Continue reading
Tongue twisters, or trabalenguas, are a great way to have fun with a language and improve pronunciation. They also serve as vocal warm ups for public speaking. Below I’ve listed four common tongue twisters in the English language. Give them a try!
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How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Continue reading
When studying English, do you ever ask yourself which variety of English you should learn? …American? …British? …Australian? The truth is any and all varities of English are perfectly fine.
My advice would be to try to expose yourself to as many accents as possible! These two videos are excellent resources to help you develop your listening skills and phonological awareness.