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Can You Guess The Accent?

It's harder than you think!

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Just click anywhere on the pictures to stop/start the sound files, which are taken from the incredible Speech Accent Archive at George Mason University.

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  1. What accent is this?

    Chinese
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    Chinese
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    Russian
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    Russian
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    Icelandic
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    Icelandic
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    Japanese
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    Japanese
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That is a Japanese accent!

    That is a Japanese accent!
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Can You Guess The Accent?

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  1. What accent is this?

    British
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    British
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    Indian
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    Indian
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    German
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    German
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    Irish
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    Irish
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's an Irish brogue if I've ever heard one.

    That's an Irish brogue if I've ever heard one.
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Can You Guess The Accent?

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  1. What accent is this?

    Latvian
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    Latvian
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    Brazilian
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    Brazilian
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    Polish
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    Polish
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    Cuban
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    Cuban
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's the gorgeous lilt of a Brazilian accent.

    That's the gorgeous lilt of a Brazilian accent.
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  1. What accent is this?

    Dutch
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    Dutch
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    Norwegian
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    Norwegian
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    German
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    German
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    South African
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    South African
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's a pretty enthusiastic Dutch accent right there.

    That's a pretty enthusiastic Dutch accent right there.
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Can You Guess The Accent?

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  1. Where is this speaker from?

    Malaysia
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    Malaysia
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    Brazil
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    Brazil
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    Colombia
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    Colombia
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    Turkey
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    Turkey
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    She's from Colombia! Bogotá, to be specific.

    She's from Colombia! Bogotá, to be specific.
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  1. Where is this lady from?

    Italy
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    Italy
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    Greece
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    Greece
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    Trinidad & Tobago
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    Trinidad & Tobago
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    Egypt
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    Egypt
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    She's from Athens, Greece!

    She's from Athens, Greece!
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Can You Guess The Accent?

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  1. Where is this speaker from?

    Cameroon
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    Cameroon
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    Mexico
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    Mexico
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    Wales
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    Wales
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    Vietnam
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    Vietnam
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Cameroon! She is from Bamenda, specifically.

    Cameroon! She is from Bamenda, specifically.
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Can You Guess The Accent?

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  1. What accent is this?

    German
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    German
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    Russian
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    Russian
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    Filipino
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    Filipino
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    Irish
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    Irish
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Da, that's Russian! These Siberian Huskies also whisper in that accent, FYI.

    Da, that's Russian! These Siberian Huskies also whisper in that accent, FYI.
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Can You Guess The Accent?

Julia Furlan is an audio editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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