How good are you at identifying accents from around the world?
While more individuals speak Mandarin than any other language on the planet, English is undoubtedly the most widely spoken language. It is the first language in 112 countries; that’s more than half the nations in the world. And while Spanish is behind French and Arabic for the number of states in which it is the first language, it has a comparable number of speakers to English: approximately 329,000,000 worldwide.
With so many speakers spread throughout so many countries, it’s only natural that accents vary from place to place. There are high numbers of Europeans and Americans who speak English as a second language, so it might seem obvious that they have different accents to each other. But even native English speakers pronounce words and phrases differently from one place to the next.
The same is true for Spanish. Can you tell whether it is an Argentinian speaking or a Venezuelan based on their pronunciation of llamar? And can you identify the differences between Bolivian Spanish and Chilean?
Come and test your ear by challenging yourself to the English or Spanish Accent Game. Maybe you’ll even beat our international high score!