On Friday, Sarah and I held a small gathering at my place where we recorded over 20 people reading this paragraph;
The UK is probably the most dialect-obsessed nation in the world. With countless British accents shaped by our history, there are few English-speaking nations with as many varieties of language in such a small space. The way we talk is influenced by many factors; our friends, our family and our jobs. It’s one of the only parts of our identity we can change without spending a penny. It creates our first impression, it can change when we are on the phone, and it makes people say ‘bath’ wrong. Whether you’re from Liverpool, London, Leicester or Bristol, we all have something unique to us, the way we talk.
This is the intro paragraph for the documentary. Our plan is to record as many people from different places around UK reading it aloud. After we have finished collecting all the audio, we are planning to edit everything together, so there are different accents saying different phrases and words. We managed to record people from all over including Plymouth, Norfolk, Leciester, Lancashire and Nottingham.
Sarah and I would love to say a massive thank you to everyone who gave up their Friday afternoon to help with our project.