Tani (T.S. "Marble" Harriet) (mewtopia) wrote in linguaphiles,
Tani (T.S. "Marble" Harriet)
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Learning to hear accents in a language you are learning

How well do you think one has to know a language before being able to hear and place the accents within it? (The social, economic implications which one learns to attach to certain accents aside).

I would say my English accent placement for UK accents is fairly well developed - within London and for general swathes of the country (Welsh, Geordie, Black Country etc).

In Italian I can recognize that they are different, but cannot place it.
Same for Japanese.

Mandarin... well China is a different case of dialects ...

Haven't had a chance to hear French or German regional accents yet.

I could recognise a really obvious Russian accent in German... but probably not one that is intra-country.

What are your experiences?
Tags: accents, learning languages
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