Dialect quiz

Today we have a selection of recordings of people speaking English in a number of different dialects/accents. Can you work out which parts of the UK they come from?

Clip 1, clip 2, clip 3, clip 4, clip 5, clip 6, clip7

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10 Responses to Dialect quiz

  1. Mark Dallas says:

    1) Yorkshire; 2) Kent; 3) Northern Ireland/Ulster; 4) Glasgow (I think they’re talking about the Gorbals—where my dad, G.R.H.S., grew up); 5) Skye?/Western Isles; 6) Cork? (somewhere in the Rep. of Ireland); 7) obviously Wales, but the young girls sound like they’re somewhere near N.E. Wales, maybe Wrexham?

  2. Declan says:

    6) Kerry or Tippeary area, south west Ireland anyway I think.

  3. Joseph Staleknight says:

    I know none of them are Cockney… and that’s it. :(

  4. Ben L. says:

    Interesting note: learning Mandarin I find it helpful to have recordings a bit louder than I would normally choose to listen to US English recordings, perhaps to catch sounds critical to the meaning that I might otherwise miss. I found myself wishing for the same thing here!

    So does this mean that we should speak louder to non-native speakers to be understood better? I always thought this was just a reflexive and none-to-useful habit, but perhaps (assuming the person in question can understand the language at all) there is some credence to it after all…

  5. Lillian Sagtit says:

    I am sorry, I don’t have a email addres. I think that all of them are from somewhere in England, they sound like an English voices.

  6. Lillian Sagtit says:

    Am I correct?

  7. Davo says:

    Alot of my relatives, on my Dad’s side come from England, but I do not have a clue!!!

  8. Paul says:

    Curses … I must get a computer with speakers.

  9. Simon says:

    Mark – 1) isn’t Yorkshire, 4) isn’t Glasgow, 6) isn’t Cork, and 7) is North Wales, though not Wrexham. The others are correct.

    Lillian – some of the people in the recordings are from England, others are from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

    Ben – I tend to speak more slowly and clearly when speaking English to non-native speakers, though it depends how well they speak English. I also try use relatively simple words and to avoid using slang and idioms. I’m not sure if it’s necessary or helpful to speak louder – that’s the stereotypical kind of thing monoglot English speakers often do.

  10. Simon says:

    Here are the answers:
    Clip 1 – North West of England (Kirkoswald, Cumbria)
    Clip 2 – South East of England (Boughton Monchelsea, Kent)
    Clip 3 – Northern Ireland (Rosemont, Derry)
    Clip 4 – South East of Scotland (Edinburgh, Lothian)
    Clip 5 – North West of Scotland (Fort William, Inverness-shire)
    Clip 6 – South Wales (Johnston, Pembrokeshire)
    Clip 7 – North Wales (Bethesda, Gwynedd)

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