The Reading / Listening - British Accent - Level 5

An American woman has the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that she went to bed with a "blinding headache" and woke up with a British accent. She has had the accent since 2015. Ms Myers has woken up speaking accents before. She was totally perplexed at speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These lasted two weeks but the UK accent has remained. Myers said her condition was "really difficult to begin with". She said: "It was hard because I was really struggling. I have come to terms with the fact that I might sound like this forever."



Foreign Accent Syndrome usually occurs after strokes or brain injuries that damage the brain's language center. It varies in how much it affects someone's accent. In some cases, someone's language sounds like it has a hint of a foreign accent; in other cases, rhythm and stress can totally change. The condition was first documented in 1907 by a French neurologist. It is a relatively rare condition, with just 60 cases being documented over the past century. One of these was a Japanese stroke patient who woke up sounding Korean, even though he had never been to Korea.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    British Accent - Level 4 or  British Accent - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/02/12/an-american-says-she-fell-asleep-with-a-headache-and-woke-up-with-a-british-accent/?utm_term=.83702325e4cf
  • https://www.livescience.com/61738-arizona-woman-wakes-up-with-british-accent.html
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/arizona-woman-wakes-speaking-british-accent-article-1.3815970


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the rare Foreign
  2. she went to bed with a blinding
  3. She was totally
  4. These lasted two weeks but the
  5. really difficult to
  6. It was hard because I was
  7. I have come to terms
  8. I might sound
  1. begin with
  2. with the fact
  3. Accent Syndrome
  4. like this forever
  5. perplexed
  6. UK accent has remained
  7. headache
  8. really struggling

Paragraph 2

  1. Foreign Accent Syndrome usually
  2. injuries that damage the brain's
  3. rhythm and stress can
  4. It is a relatively rare
  5. with just 60 cases being
  6. over the past
  7. a Japanese stroke patient who woke
  8. even though he had never
  1. century
  2. condition
  3. been to Korea
  4. language center
  5. occurs after strokes
  6. up sounding Korean
  7. documented
  8. totally change

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An American woman (1) ___________________ Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that she went to bed with a "blinding headache" and (2) ___________________ a British accent. She has had the accent since 2015. Ms Myers has woken up (3) ___________________. She was totally perplexed at speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These lasted two weeks but the UK (4) ___________________. Myers said her condition was "really (5) ___________________ with". She said: "It was hard because I was really struggling. I have (6) ___________________ with the fact that I might sound like this forever."

Foreign Accent Syndrome usually occurs after (7) ___________________ injuries that damage the brain's language center. It (8) ___________________ much it affects someone's accent. In some cases, someone's language sounds like it (9) ___________________ of a foreign accent; in other cases, (10) ___________________ can totally change. The condition was first documented in 1907 by a French neurologist. It is a relatively rare condition, with (11) ___________________ being documented over the past century. One of these was a Japanese (12) ___________________ woke up sounding Korean, even though he had never been to Korea.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnAmericanwomanhastherareForeignAccentSyndrome.Thewoman
,MichelleMyers,45,saidthatshewenttobedwitha"blindingheadache"a
ndwokeupwithaBritishaccent.Shehashadtheaccentsince2015.MsMy
ershaswokenupspeakingaccentsbefore.Shewastotallyperplexedats
peakingwithanAustralianorIrishaccent.Theselastedtwoweeksbutth
eUKaccenthasremained.Myerssaidherconditionwas"reallydifficultto
beginwith".Shesaid:"ItwashardbecauseIwasreallystruggling.Ihave
cometotermswiththefactthatImightsoundlikethisforever."ForeignA
ccentSyndromeusuallyoccursafterstrokesorbraininjuriesthatdamag
ethebrain'slanguagecenter.Itvariesinhowmuchitaffectssomeone'sa
ccent.Insomecases,someone'slanguagesoundslikeithasahintofafor
eignaccent;inothercases,rhythmandstresscantotallychange.Theco
nditionwasfirstdocumentedin1907byaFrenchneurologist.Itisrelativ
elyrarecondition,withjust60casesbeingdocumentedoverthepastcen
tury.OneofthesewasaJapanesestrokepatientwhowokeupsoundingK
orean,eventhoughhehadneverbeentoKorea.

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