BBC Voices

The BBC website has a Voices section with lots of interesting resources for language-lovers. By clicking on the coloured dots on the UK map, I discovered the existence of polari or gay slang language. You learn something new every day.
You can play at guessing which regions various accents come from. It’s a shame I can’t do the test (I haven’t plugged in my speakers to try and minimise the mess in my new “workspace”), as I’m notoriously bad at it but really enjoy trying to guess. They are also building a map of the different words used in different UK regions. It will be interesting to check the website regularly and see what sorts of things people put on there.

By | 2016-10-18T15:51:28+00:00 January 17th, 2005|Culture|2 Comments

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I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.


  1. Neij January 18, 2005 at 2:38 am

    Another great find from C,eline! I keep discovering more and more interesting stuff on the BBC website. The accents/languages test is fun, though RealPlayer kept going on strike. As far as I can see, you can go through it several times, as they ask different questions each time! It’s quite subtly done as the recordings don’t use people with very very strong accents, so it’s a little harder than you might expect.
    congrats to the BBC and thanks again for pointing it out, C,eline!

  2. Hello from NY January 19, 2005 at 10:42 pm

    link to a radio program I listened to this morning , more or less relevant to this blog
    ‘In Other Words’: Translating the Untranslatable

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