Loik whatcha red, mate? Dun wanna do ya hed in wif awl vat stuff. No watta mean?
Watcha sayin’, I gotta accent? I speak like we awl do – proppa hinglish.
Here are a few videos that will attune your ear into the differences between accents.
Australian versus New Zealand accents
British versus North American accents
So how do you write an accent on the page?
Identify key words where accent differences show
Get creative with your written words. In these videos (above) key words were mentioned where there were distinct differences in pronunciation. Often the differences are around the length of the vowels. Use these options
- A (a, e, i)
- E (e, ee, eh)
- I (i, e, ee, eye)
- O (oh, oo, o-a)
- u (oo, uh, a )
Using these letters in place of the normal spelling can alter the way the word is ‘heard’ in the reader’s brain. Only a few words will start them thinking in the accent and add credibility to your dialogue. You don’t even have to continue beyond a page or two – just keep adding in the odd word in the accent and the reader will make up the rest.
English was always a bastard language or change is inevitable
Take this history of English as you’ve possibly never seen it before:
Let’s have some comments in a favourite accent and we’ll see if we can work them out!
Heather Sylvawood, Amazon Author