What a great IDEA
Perhaps you’re struggling to understand speakers of particular accents in conversation or when you watch films or TV programmes. Maybe you’re going on a business trip to another part of the world and you want to hear how your business partners pronounce English. It could be that a member of your family is getting married to someone from another country, and you want to practise listening to their variety of English. Whatever your situation, IDEA enables you to search particular accents by country and region. You can listen to how English varies, not only geographically, but also by gender, age and other variables because for each accent, there are recordings of many different speakers. I’ve made a short video tutorial that will show you how to use the IDEA website and to practise and develop your listening skills. I hope you find it useful. Please let me know in the comments which accents you find difficult to understand.