Today we learn about what some have called Britain's 'most annoying accent'. Surveys show that many people in Britain dislike the way people from Birmingham speak. But we hear from some people in Birmingham who are fed up with this criticism and want to defend their accent.
As you listen, try to answer these questions:
1: Why is Carl's 'Brummie' accent important to him?
2: What does Carl say are some of the nice things about the accent?
Vocabulary from the programme
someone from Birmingham
it's part of his identity
it's part of what makes him who he is
it's nice and pleasant
related to people who have a fairly high social status
the lower classes
people how have a lower social status and usually don't have much money
Programme script (pdf - 21 k)
Download this programme (mp3 - 1.4 MB)
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