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Sounds of American English
details each of the consonants and vowels of American English with a real-time Flash animated articulatory diagram of each sound; video and audio of the sound spoken in context and an interactive diagram of the articulatory anatomy.
posted by Lezzles
on Feb 16, 2009 -
Do you speak American?
The companion website to a PBS series, full of interactive language and dialect tools. You can map your attitudes
about regional correctness, guess the speaker's home
, learn about American varieties
, track the history of certain words
, hear samples of regional dialects
, and more.
Further reading: Dialect Map of American English
's local terms, and this collection of local phrases
Previously on MetaFilter: The Dialect Survey (and results), The Speech Accent Archive, Pop vs. Soda.
posted by stopgap
on Jan 20, 2005 -
Coffee, our nan?
Is this "Would you like some more coffee, Grandmother?" or Kofi Annan? Oh and mathowie - are you sure the Irish Haughey
is pronounced Howie
? [Check out Charles Haughey for the proper way.
] Thank you, Voice of America, for teaching us how to pronounce those pesky foreigners' names. And shame on you, BBC Pronouncing Unit
, for not being online
! [This last link requires Real Audio but is really worth listening to if you have anything against stuck-up English twits.
posted by Carlos Quevedo
on Apr 12, 2003 -