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Accustom yourself to different English accents

You are learning the language and you find out that you cannot understand when the people are talking? Don't worry, maybe you just not learn it in the correct way.

Stephen King said, "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."

When you learn a language, most of the time you spend on the grammar and vocabulary, but there is a very important thing that makes up your speech, it is called "accent".

English is an international language that is spoken in many countries in various continents. Because of that, English in the United States or Great Britain may be different in other countries.

For example, the British say "biscuit" and the American say "cookie".

The English accents

We usually only know 2 types of English accents: American and British. In fact, there are various accents in Great Britain and the United States. So, which accent are we referring to when we say an American or British accent?

Apart from this, there are also accents from other countries, like Singapore, Jamaica, Nigeria, etc. There are more than 50 countries in this world that use English as the official language.

Here I shall present to you 3 comedians from different countries in order to show you how the accents sound like so that you can practice your comprehension and enjoy the humor.

1. Emmanuela (Nigeria)

This talented girl started her comedy career from YouTube and she won two awards in Afro-Australia Music & Movie Awards (AAMMA) in Sydney, Australia. Besides English which is the official language of Nigeria, there are also many local languages, such as Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, etc.

2. Laughing Samoans (New Zealand)

This group was formed by 2 Samoans: Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea'i. The language of Samoa is English and Samoan, and the official language of New Zealand is English. Because of their Polynesian background, there are a lot of topics about this in their comedy.

3. Maz Jobrani (the United States)

He is an Iranian-American comedian, also known as Persian Pink Panther. Although his family moved to California when he was 6 years old, he still can speak his native language, which is called Farsi. His topic of comedy is always about the stereotypes of the Middle East.

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Inja Pavlić
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