Back in 1999, linguistics professor Steven Weinberger at George Mason University created a cool tool called the Speech Accent Archive
The archive contains 1,500 recordings of people from around the world reading the same paragraph in English. There are recordings of both native English speakers and non native English speakers along with their age, gender and country of origin.
I started using the tool when I taught English pronunciation in Washington, DC. It helped me to learn more about the accents of my students.
These days, the tool is used around the world by pronunciation and accent teachers, linguists and others.
Click here to listen an English language audio story about the Speech Accent Archive from the VOA.
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