OK, so our English school is based in London, so we are a bit biased towards the British English accent. However, there are loads of English accents around the world and different dialects (this means language that is specific to a particular local region or social class of people) of English. So, to fully understand the language, when you learn English you should try to listen to different accents as much as possible. To start things off, check out this Australian accent (in a video that's gone viral this week all over the globe).
UNDERSTANDING MORE ACCENTS = BETTER ENGLISH
It can be a common problem for students that learn for a long time with one English teacher that they become accustomed to their teacher's voice, accent and speech patterns and rhythms. Then when they communicate with a new English speaker or even a native-speaker, they have extreme problems understanding what is being said. Of course, this leads to frustration: you think that you have made good progress and your English has developed and then suddenly you can't understand a single word that someone is saying! It can be hugely disappointing, can't it? So, below, we have several podcasts of English natives from different parts of the world speaking in natural conversation. This way, you can get a real flavour of English as a world language. It's very important for learning effectively. As you can hear, there are massive differences between the Scottish and American, or the Irish and the Australian. We are not saying that one accent is better or worse than any other. But it's cool to hear how somebody speaks differently, even though they are using the same language... kind of! :) By the way, you can DOWNLOAD ALL OF THESE 'ENGLISH ACCENT' PODCASTS FOR FREE from iTunes! :)
You can hear Dave's Irish accent as he talks about how people party in the New Year in Dublin, Ireland.
In this podcast, Adam (in his lovely Scottish accent) talks about the beauty of Scotland and whisky, of course!
You can hear Griffin's classic, "sun and surf" Californian American accent when he talks about growing up in San Diego.
British English RP Accent
Melissa has a Received Pronunciation accent and she is talking about the well-known stereotypes of the English
Loretta speaks in an Australian accent and she explains the similar things and differences between England and Australia.
South African Accent
Rob is English and has a very public school accent, but he has lived a long time time in South Africa and can do a VERY good impression of the South African accent