How do you tell someone's from Ireland? Listen carefully to how the letters I, R and L are pronounced. We look at these and other elements of the musical-sounding speech heard in Ireland in part 3 of our series on varieties of English.
To the untrained ear, Australian, New Zealand and South African accents are rather similar. A New Zealand accent is easy to recognize, however, by its high pitch, unusual vowel sounds and the speaker's choice of expressions. Part 2 of our series.
"I thought they spoke English here!" Has this ever happened to you? An unfamiliar accent or dialect gets in the way of communication. Luckily, some simple tricks can help. Join us on a tour around the world as we introduce various ways that English is spoken.
Seeing a Shakespeare play on stage is much different from reading it in a book. The actors' gestures and intonation help to make the story clear. Whether it's classical Shakespeare you're after or an absurd parody, the best place to start is with a troupe called RSC.
"Ice-cream vans now play their tunes for longer": Colin Beaven shares his thoughts on ice-cream vans and ambulances each playing a loud melody. Premium users and magazine subscribers can listen to the text for free.