English voices from around the world

For over half a century, migration from the Indian subcontinent and the Caribbean has added variety and diversity to the rich patchwork of accents and dialects spoken in the UK. Listen to a selection of audio clips that capture the distinctive vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar we hear in Britain's Caribbean and Asian communities.

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Minority Ethnic English

Article by:
Jonnie Robinson

Find out how migrants from the Indian subcontinent and the Caribbean have added variety and diversity to the rich patchwork of accents and dialects spoken in the UK.

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Caribbean English

Article by:
Jonnie Robinson

Find out about the history of English in the Caribbean, discover the difference between a pidgin and a creole and listen to examples of speakers from the Caribbean and in the UK’s Caribbean communities.

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Asian English

Article by:
Jonnie Robinson

What is the status of English today within the huge variety of languages spoken on the Indian sub-continent? Find out about the history of English in India and listen to examples of speakers in the UK’s Asian communities.

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Further themes

Changing voices: English over time

Explore how spoken English has changed over time.

Regional voices: English across the UK

Explore how accents and dialects vary across the UK.

Diverse voices: varieties of English in the UK

Explore how English is spoken in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.

Geordie voices: dialect in the North East

Explore one of the most distinctive British dialects.

English voices from around the world

Explore the accents and dialects of Britain's Caribbean and Asian communities.

Received Pronunciation

Explore the accent traditionally described as ‘typically British’.

Your Voices: contemporary accents of the UK

Explore present-day English voices across the UK.