Dialect coach explains how Scottish accent is 'opposite of Australian' in viral video

Mason Sperling
Mason Sperling -Credit:Mason Sperling

A language expert has uploaded a video to TikTok where he has claimed that the Scottish accent is the "opposite of Australian"

Mason Sperling, an American actor, comedian, teacher, and dialect coach shared a video on TikTok explaining the differences between the two seemingly very different accents.

The online influencer has over 1.4 million followers on TikTok where he posted the video. Sperling starts the video with: "I think a Scottish accent is kind of like the opposite of an Australian accent. Like, if you think I'm crazy, hear me out."

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The language expert reveals where he thinks the very different accents draw similarities, explaining that to be able to switch between the two you need to pay attention to the four vowel sounds 'ah', 'eh', 'ih', and 'ee'.

According to Sperling, as the Record writes, he says all you need to do is "swap the vowel sounds around." For example, to speak with a Scottish accent, to say the word 'this', he pronounces as 'thes'. He mentions that you move the vowel sounds up so 'ee' would be replaced by 'ih'.

And to speak an Australian accent, Sperling says to move the vowel sound sin the opposite direction. For example, with word 'lever' would be pronounced as 'liver'. So the 'ee' sound would move down and replace the 'ih' sound.

Since posting the clip on TikTok, The video has received more than 53,000 likes and over 350 thousand views. Many viewers shared their thoughts

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One TikTok user wrote: "You have just helped me finally do the Scottish AND Australian accent. Two accents I could never get!"

A second jokingly said: "So you’re saying the Highlands are the opposite of the land down under? Works for me!"

"This feels like forbidden knowledge," a third commented, while a fourth posted: "I'm a linguist studying sound patterns and this observation is spot on".

However, not everyone in the comments was convinced by Sperling's Scottish and Australian accents.

"Your Australian accent sounds more like a New Zealand accent honestly," one commented, while a second jokingly asked: "Is the Scottish accent in the video at all?"

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