Learning an accent as a non-native speaker

* Stress-timed languages stretch some syllables & reduce others, like British RP and American.
* Syllable-timed languages have syllables of more equal length, like French and Indian, which can affect speech rhythm when a person from this type of linguistic background speaks English.

"Oh there you are. I was starting to wonder what had happened to you. Luckily I had a book on me to pass the time. Anyway, even if we do get there a bit late, no one’s going to mind much, are they?"

Click on the accent name to see the phonemic breakdown * All recordings have been made on location and there may be slight acoustic variations between them.

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