TikTok has got yet another challenge sweeping the platform. This one – the #AccentChallenge – focuses on accents and dialects from around the world, and how they effect the pronunciation of words and the choice of terminology. It’s pretty interesting, and a fun way to pass the time by yourself or with a friend.
There seem to be two main ways to do the Accent Challenge. There’s the solo version, where you simply state where you’re from and then read a list of words. That one seems to have been around for long enough now that it’s mostly getting overrun with parodies and punchline variations, which are pretty funny.
The second version is to have two or three people (either physically together or via the app’s duet feature) with differing accents go through a list of words together and contrast the differences. Simple enough, but it gets pretty entrancing. Here are some examples.
10. England vs. Texas
Most controversial word: Aluminum
9. Nigeria vs. Ghana
Most controversial word: Starbucks
8. America vs. Brazil
Most controversial word: Walmart
American ?? vs Brazilian ??￼ #accentchallenge pt. 1 @wobruno IB: @dreaknowsbest (read bio)
7. Mexico vs. America vs. Nigeria
Most controversial word: Beach
6. Columbia vs. Nigeria
Most controversial word: Tortoise
5. India vs. Canada
Most controversial word: Schedule
4. Nigeria vs. Germany
Most controversial word: Attractive
3. Spain vs. Russia
Most controversial word: Whiskers
Spanish?? VS Russian?? parte 1 (MIRA MI BIO?) #accentchallenge
2. Colombian vs. American vs. Arabic
Most controversial word: French Fries
1. Texas vs. New York
Most controversial word: Hello
Pretty cool mini-tour of the world and its languages! Check out the #AccentChallenge hashtag on TikTok for lots, lots more.
Where are you from? Does anybody give you trouble about your accent’s eccentricities?
Let us know in the comments.