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Archive of English Accents

English is the third most commonly spoken native language in the world, and if you count people who speak it as a second language, it’s probably the language with the most speakers overall. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone speaks it in the same way – far from it! Even among native English speakers, there are too many local dialects and accents to name. When you throw in people who speak English as a second language, the variation becomes even more extreme.

To help document and catalogue the many different ways in which English is spoken, Steven Weinberger, a linguistics professor George Mason University in the United States, has created the Speech Accent Archive.

According to Voice of America, the archive consists of recordings of people reading the following paragraph, written to include most of the sounds in the English language: Read more

Teaser Trailer for our 2011 Calendar

As some of you might know, few months ago we introduced our unique mascot called Picnik for the launch of our brand new website. Cute, chubby and a red book, Picnik originally from Manhattan was sent here to K International by his temporary owner Sam to be translated into Spanish. He really enjoyed his trip to England and Spain but now he is ready to take on the world.

Our 2011 desk calendar is the perfect opportunity for Picnik to discover a lot of fabulous countries and participate in some of the most amazing worldwide events. From celebrating Australia Day in Sydney with his kangaroo friend Quarkie to training for the 2012 Olympics in London, we hope you will enjoy taking part in this one year journey with him.

Take a look a the Teaser Trailer…

You can also look at the trailer on Vimeo and Flickr.

We know you’ll be excited so if you want a calendar email us now (as numbers are limited) on info@k-international.com.

Picnik will be waiting for you…