How good are you at spotting accents from around the world?
English is the world’s most widely spoken language. While it is the primary tongue of 18 countries, almost every country speaks it to some degree as it is the world’s common corporate dialect. Spanish follows, being the native language of 21 countries, and a minority in an additional four, including the USA.
The more widespread a language, the more likely it is to have varying dialects and accents. Geography is the reason people from the UK sound different to Australians, and South Africans speak distinctly to Canadians. It even happens inside borders; for example, Americans speak in unique ways from state to state.
The same phenomenon is true of Spanish, too! Argentinians pronounce words differently to Cubans, and people living in the cities of Colombia speak more slowly than those who live on the coast. And that’s just in countries where English or Spanish is the primary language. If you factor in speakers from other countries, too, then the variation in accents becomes even greater! Can you tell a German from an Icelandic speaker based on how they pronounce their English? What about a Russian versus a Greek when each converse in Spanish?
In our Accent Games, we have recorded people from all over the world reading texts in English or Spanish. Simply watch the videos, listen to the actors speak, and choose the origin of the person from our multiple-choice options. How many will you get right?