Accent vs. Dialect: What is the Difference?

Jul 26, 2019

Episode 2

An accent refers to the distinctive pronunciation patterns and rhythms of a particular group of people, especially of the natives or residents of a region. A dialect includes the vocabulary, grammar and intonation of that region as well.

When preparing for a role or audition, or helping one of your students prepare for an audition, definitely consider the character's dialect as well as the accent. Having some knowledge (even just a bit) of the specific vocabulary, grammar, and intonation, as well as the pronunciation patterns that the character would use, will help the actor to fully embody the role and the speech pattern of the character.


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