I have been with the family for a few days and haven’t got a chance to post anything substantial. So I figured I would quickly comment on the recent rash of “dialect savant” videos on YouTube. The most trafficked of them is this young woman:
But there is also:
- This young man doing “The English Language in 24 Accents.”
- This young woman doing another “The English Language in 24 Accents.”
- This guy doing 35 Accents of the English Language (including, bizarrely, something called “Medieval English.”
I mean no disrespect to the creators of these videos, but I am never all that impressed by the “around the world in x number of accents” routine. In my opinion, people are wowed more by the fact of somebody changing their voice repeatedly than the accuracy of the dialects being performed. Which is not to say that all of the accents in the above videos are poorly done.
What I admire in dialect work is endurance. If you can convince me you are from another country for an entire play, or movie, or TV show, that is much more impressive than rattling off a sentence or two in every regional twang under the sun.