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Amy Walker is great. I especially like her 21 Accents video. I recently spied an Atlantic Monthly blog article by James Fallows (Language Mystery: When did Americans stop speaking this way?) in which he laments the fact that nobody now speaks like they did in the movies or newsreels of the first half of the 20th century. A reader later informs him that those actors were using the artificial Transatlantic Accent and that nobody ever really spoke that way outside the movie screen. Fallows vows to revive it anyway (I'm still partial to the Bronx accent myself - fuggedaboudit).
Her video is okay but I like The English Language in 24 Accents even though he curses a lot. You can find the text/transcript for the video here:http://119eng.com/category/video/53/lesson/757