Amazing Run-Through of 17 British Accents

I’m always impressed by people who can really do accents well. Most of us imitate an accent crudely, hitting the most obvious pronunciations of the accent but missing most of the more subtle parts. When someone can effortlessly nail an accent, it’s a real talent. This actress (Siobhan Thompson) crushes the large variety of hilarious accents in the UK.

(via Kottke)

  • AB

    We have waited all this while, and we would have waited some more for one of your mega posts filled with awesomeness.
    This wasn’t necessary you know 🙂

  • Ilia Markov

    This is so awesome. I love accents, especially the British ones 😀

  • JD

    Um, this is brilliant.
    AB – c’mon, let it go

    • AB

      Yeah I suppose I can. This is the shed!

  • JW

    This is great, but can I point out that it doesn’t mean that there are exactly 17 British accents as your title implies. These are just 17 of the accents that there are. In between all of those places are lots of other accents. This is exactly why it’s so irritating for British people when Americans insist on doing ‘a British accent’ which is almost always RP.
    This comment probably sounds a little pissy, but to be fair, I’m an Englishman living in the US on July 4th and will once again have to tolerate a day of being told how the Americans kicked our redcoat asses out of ‘Murica. But I do love your work WBW. Keep it up. Stiff upper lip and all that.

    • Wait But Why

      Fair. Adjusted the title.

  • Stacey

    This was a bit disappointing…she’s just caricaturing the accents especially the London one. Very few Londoners actually speak like that. And it was filled with cliches!

  • Rob

    She’s not bad, but as somebody from the UK (Inverness, in fact) a few are a little bit off. Because of British geography, and the history of the place, accents change about every 20 miles or so. This makes it easy to capture an accent for the larger cities, but not so when things get a bit rural – such as Inverness. What she does is more like a Southern Highlands accent – near Perth (that’s also where Ewan MacGregor is from – he’s not from Edinburgh, he’s from Crieff). IThe Doctor who girl’s accent has been ameliorated a bit. Inverness accents are properly hillarious, and I have to translate what my dad is saying for my wife, and visiting friends – even for some Scots.

    Inverness guys singing:

    Gets a bit abusive at the end, so beware.

    I’m actually from the Black Isle, 5 miles from Inverness, and my dad sounds like this (about half way down the page)

  • Emily

    She missed Manchester! This needs to be done.

  • Lyndsay

    How about a Cheshire accent?

  • Nicola

    Jeez that Northern Irish accent was woeful!! :/

  • Anonymous

    Pretty good! I could hear quite a few of my UK friends in there (Cardiff, Edinbourgh, Midlands, Lancashire, Liverpool), although I do agree that there are so.many.accents. in London (where my husband is from) and that there are a lot more. Although it’s not strictly accurate, it’s a good base for those who’ve never traveled to to UK or think that there’s just one accent. Like she said, it’s a party trick, not a linguist’s lecture, so just enjoy it!

  • LinTree

    People are mean. I think it was excellent.

  • Tom

    Why on earth are so many people so keen to be offended? And do they really think anybody cares about them and their sensitive feelings. This was a fun piece and the girl’s got talent. So to all the professional offense takers: take a look in the mirror and ask yourself why you’re such a miserable downer and what’s the point of getting up in the morning?

  • Anthony Westrop II

    She doesn’t get off to a good start at the beginning with RP. She sounds like Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary. London – hardly anyone speaks like that in London any more… I couldn’t listen any further.

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