The British Dialects – an Excellent Vocal Tour

The major native dialects of English are often divided by linguists into the three general categories: the British Isles dialects, those of North America and those of Australasia.

British accentThe United Kingdom is probably the most dialect-obsessed nation in the world. With countless accents shaped by thousands of years of history, there are few English-speaking nations with as many varieties of language in such a small space. Dialects and accents vary amongst the four countries of the United Kingdom, as well as within the countries themselves. READ MORE

English Dialects – Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

English dialects, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Discussion of the effects of location on different English dialects has been studied by Linguists for years. Pronunciation discussion has been in the mainstream since 1937, when George and Ira Gershwin composed the song “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” (shown below), originally sung by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the film Shall We Dance.

In this scene from Shall We Dance, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the two create another trademark classic with both their dancing on skates as well as the song, “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”, or better known for…

“You say ‘Potato’, I say ‘Potato’

you say ‘Tomato’, I say ‘Tomato’…”

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