English Dialects

Over the last few weeks I had the absolute pleasure of collaborating on this post. We had a lot of fun discussing our thoughts and experiences concerning English dialects. I would love it if you guys took a minute to check out the post using the link below:


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46 responses to “English Dialects”

  1. Our many English dialects have fascinated me for many years. I have Irish genes. The Aussies, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the States are all tied together by our common language with its many dialects. In Michigan, we call Coke or Pepsi a Pop. We call a creek a crick, and windows a windah! And more.

    1. Ooh how interesting I’ve heard people call soda pop and thought that was cool! Dialects are definitely very interesting.

      1. Thanks, it’s called soda down here, sounds so silly to me! Pop pop pop!!!

        1. Potato chips are crisps here too

          1. And I just now finished eating Crisps!

    2. It’s definitely fascinating! Human ingenuity at its finest

  2. Love your joint post. It annoys me a lot “when people judge you based on your dialect or accent.” It only shows that many people have no idea of the huge number of dialects in English and the huge number of non-native speakers. LOL.

    1. Thanks and yeah that annoys me too. Plus it takes a lot to know two languages or sometimes more so it’s silly to think they aren’t smart lol.

      1. LOL. That’s so true. I’ve been thinking of a way to express my feeling subtly but so far I haven’t found a good way. If I express, it is probably considered blunt; if I don’t express, I’m considered dumb. LOL.

        1. There’s no winning! I was talking to a friend who is also not a native English speaker and we were like we sound harsher because we are so used to speaking more openly and less politely I guess- not sure how to describe it. But people here put a lot of effort into making sure they sound polite.

    2. It’s definitely annoying. You would think with globalization, people would learn more, about it, but no

  3. Loved the collab and enjoyed reading the answers and the question framing was also in a structured way.
    Yes, people think that we don’t know English when we communicate to a person from a different country. It’s sometimes awkward but you just cannot help and change the mind of the person, you just have to learn and adjust to their dialect!

  4. Really interesting! I loved the article

  5. I actually work with a few people from Kenya.
    If you like American culture.. you have to admit it’s funny British actors are usually cast to play American southerners because they can adjust to a southern accent easily. The British accents are judged as being intelligent and American southern as not at all..
    I still need to watch Daryl and Tucker Vs Evil because it’s kind of based on what’s mentioned in that interview.

    One of my better “best” friends is a native of Uruguay (english 2nd language) and sometimes dialect becomes an issue where words are confusing.

    1. Have you ever watched House M.D.? Hugh Laurie is British but he nails the American accent and mannerisms perfectly! Since I have spent a long time in both countries, I can tell when he slips though. Lol

      1. The reason I haven’t watched the show is because I doubt Hugh Laurie’s portrayal. I really like him in “Jeeves and Wooster”. LOL.

      2. I was taken back when I heard him actually speak normally.

  6. In all the fitting in, be careful not to lose yourself nor your culture. It is so easy to happen.

  7. In America you can travel 100 miles and nothing changes. Here in England if you did that. You’d encounter about 10 totally different accents and different names for the same thing. The most common one being a barm cake, muffin, bread roll, bap, stottie, oven bottom, bara, tea cake batch to name a few 😂🤦🏽‍♂️

    1. I second that! I was just thinking how here in the West, people think we speak pro’er farmer like, innit? If I spoke Bristolian, my mother wouldn’t let me live to see the light of day! I was always taught to slow down, speak clearly and pronounce my words properly.

      1. Story of my life too!

    2. That is absolutely true! I was astounded to see that myself when I moved to England from the US

    3. What is an oven bottom? The bottom of an oven? LOL. Anything special about that?

      1. Bread baked at the bottom of the oven

        1. There’s a word for that?? I am so using it.

    4. Omg haha those are crazy 😂 What’s an oven bottom and what’s a stottie??

      1. The same thing 😂 Bread

        1. So using these!

          1. I’ve emailed you the full list

            1. Lolll I’ll check my email!

  8. On top of dialects there are the diverse accents.

    1. Absolutely!

    2. Yeah there are so many accents and it’s quite interesting how there are multiple accents even in the same country.

      1. Especially in the U S

        1. I’m not too sure about the US but I have definitely heard a lot of different accents in Canada depending on what area they are from and the same for Kenya. It’s definitely very interesting

  9. Great post and interview. Dialects fascinate me! My friends never know what I’m talking about when I mention how differently we all pronounce things. I’m just obsessed with dialect. Mine is a watered down version of the old school Boston dialect. I say “R”s but when I say the “o” sounds like “dog” and “walk” people ask me if I’m from New York. 🙂 Dialects change a lot over the years too. People in the North East and in the Southern US are losing their old dialects, everyone is starting to sound the same, kind of a shame in a way.

    1. Yeah, you’re right that there is evolution of dialects. I noticed some words from Australia became mainstream in London because of the large Aussie community there. And yeah, it is sad when people start sounding the same

    1. We definitely thought so!

  10. Can you understand what this Irish farmer is saying?


    1. Almost always 😂

  11. Very interesting 🙂

  12. I loved the collaboration
    English dialects….even in my country there’s a variety of english dialects and its interesting because we come from the same country but we speak differently

    1. Yeah I think most countries have variations in dialect and they are quite interesting. Thank you!

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