Some non-native speakers of English appear to confuse L and R sounds. People from Japan are particularly famous for this. It is a stereotype sometimes used in films with Asian characters, such as Lost in Translation. This video looks at the different L and R sounds in English (such as clear L, dark L, tapped… Read more Ls and Rs
Sounds Familiar? [requires Flash] from the British Library examines accents and dialects in Britain. You can listen to recordings of people talking: for example, Pam from Norwich. There is an analysis of her accent and use of that as a subject pronoun (instead of it). A few maps show where people use “non-standard” forms such… Read more Sounds Familiar?
During the Christmas holidays you might talk to local people in and around Norwich. As you will have noticed, the local accent is a bit different from the “standard” English of the BBC or most of your teachers. For example: The word here sounds like hair; beer sounds like bear; really sounds like rarely. The… Read more The Norfolk dialect