Great Job, Internet!: Become a master linguist with this guide to 12 different accents

Everybody has found themselves, at some point or another, suddenly doing an accent for the sake of a story and realizing that they have no real idea how to pull the thing off. You can either commit to your own shittiness, letting the accent morph between several different possibilities, or you can tepidly back out, like you had merely been possessed by a marble-mouthed Southern belle momentarily.

A new video from BuzzFeed enlists a dialect coach to buzz through 12 different accents in just under 4 minutes, and it is both impressive and informative. The coach makes all of the accents seem like they come down to just a couple simple tricks, like the Londoners’ habit of speaking forward in the mouth and dropping the R, or a Midwesterner’s penchant for flattening the vowels. Brooklynites use “round lips” to request their artisanal spaghetti donuts, and Russians speak from the …

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