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An American woman has been [diagnosis / diagnosed] with the rare Foreign Accent Syndrome. The woman, Michelle Myers, 45, said that in 2015 she went to bed with a "[blinding / blinking] headache" and woke up with a British accent. The accent has [remain / remained] with her ever since. Ms Myers said she has woken up speaking a [variety / varied] of accents before. She was totally [perplexed / perspired] at waking up and speaking with an Australian or Irish accent. These [disappeared / disappearance] after two weeks but the UK accent has [remind / remained] . Myers told journalists that she found her condition, "really difficult to begin [for / with] ". She said: "It was hard because I was really struggling. I have come to [terms / teams] with the fact that I might sound like this forever. I [realign / realize] it's part of me now."

Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a disorder that [typical / typically] occurs after strokes or [traumatic / trauma] brain injuries that damage the language center of our brain. It [varieties / varies] in the degree to which it [effects / affects] someone's language and accent. In some [cases / case] , someone's native language sounds like it is [tinged / tingled] with a foreign accent; in other instances, rhythm, stress and pronunciation can [complete / completely] change. The condition was first documented in 1907 by French neurologist Pierre Marie. It is a relatively [bare / rare] condition. Only about 60 cases of FAS have been documented [over / off] the past century. One of these was a Japanese stroke patient who woke up sounding Korean, [even / ever] though he had never been to Korea.

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