Learning foreign accents for voice overs

Learning foreign accents for voice overA buddy of mine tipped me off to these four videos on YouTube about how to learn foreign accents for voice overs. While I’m not yet at a level in my voice acting journey to delve into practicing foreign accents (I’m still working on mastering my own accent! 😉 ) these videos are still a great learning tool. If anything, they will help you to better understand your own accent just as much as other accents.

Click the “Read more” link below to check out the foreign accents for voice over videos:

21 Foreign Accents

This first video shows off the talents of Amy Walker demonstrating 21 different foreign accents:



Learning foreign accents – part 1

Here is part 1 on how to learn foreign accents for voice actors:



Learning foreign accents – part 2

Here is part 2 on how to learn foreign accents for voice actors:



An interview with Amy Walker

Our final video is a quick interview with Amy Walker about the making of these videos:



4 Comments

  1. Loved the video’s, I have used English, Irish, Spanish, minor German, Russian, Hungarian accents for some characters I have portrayed
    But, definetly learned some new tips from your video. The being “Fascinated” and the want to learn to at the least be able to pronounce their name in their correctly with the proper accents, is something I have always done, in fact that has helped me out through out the years.
    It was neat to hear someone else voice it the way you did.
    Thank you,
    You will go far.

  2. Melissa,

    Thanks for the comment! 😀 I loved these videos, too.

    I am fluent in Japanese and am currently studying Chinese, so I cringe when I hear a fake Asian accent — they are often way off-mark.

    When you actually study a foreign language you get an even deeper understanding of the differences in pronunciation. That makes it even easier to master speaking English using that accent. I don’t think that one needs to become fluent in a non-English foreign language in order to grasp the nuisances to accurately mimic the accent. But if someone really wants to master that accent, then one must practice it with just as much due-diligence.

    -David

  3. I am not an actor – I just find accents fascinating.

    One book for accents is “ACCENTS A Manual for Actors” by Robert Blumenfeld. It comes complete with a CD and my copy cost $22.50.

    It real strong point is UK and US accents from various regions. It emphasizes vocal apparatus positions and once you have mastered the phonetic glossary, gives examples of phrases in the clear and with the phonetic equivalents.

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