When actors train themselves to speak with a different accent, they don’t do it entirely by intuition. Often times, a dialect coach like Sammi Grant helps them map out exactly how the sounds of different words should change to sound like, say, a Dubliner versus a Parisian. Chicago-based Grant runs through the basic phonetic differences in English, Irish, Scottish, Brooklyn, Midwestern American, and various other accents in this video posted by Buzzfeed. Even if you’ll never put on a foreign accent in your life, it’s fun to watch her adopt 12 distinctly different accents in less than four minutes.

[h/t Kottke.org]

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