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Pittsburgh accent

Pittsburgh accents are sometimes called "Yinzer" accents because of the common usage of "yinz" or "yinz guys" to describe a group (much like "y'all" in varieties of American Southern. This'll make you ready to head dahntahn and cheer fer da Stillers!


Pittsburgh Accent Learning Materials

  • The Pittsburgh accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, using the text, as well as a number of recordings of native speakers. Jim gathered these recordings traveling to Pittsburgh - bringing the experience back to you in this download.
  • You'll get four versions of the written materials: a PDF file to print or read on a standard computer, a large-format PDF for portable reading devices, and MOBI for Kindle and EPUB for other portable readers.
  • This accent is appropriate for productions of The Chief and other plays. You also hear it from people like comedian Dennis Miller and long-time Steelers announcer Myron Cope.
  • The Pittsburgh accent is influenced by other Pennsylvania accents, such as Pennsylvania Dutch, and there are some elements of Southern accents infusing it as well. You may find it has a lot of similarities to other Great Lakes accents, such as the accent of Chicago.

Audio files (94.1MB, 98 minutes)

  1. Intro to Sound Placement, Intonation and Helpful Hints (5:38)
  2. Consonant changes for learning a Pittsburgh accent (16:22)
  3. Vowel sound changes for the Pittsburgh accent (9:09)
  4. changes in Diphthongs for speaking Pittsburghese (8:12)
  5. Alternate Pronunciations for words in a Pittsburgh accent (4:27)
  6. Wrap up to learning a Pittsburgh accent (1:56)
  7. Uptown Pittsburgh Male reading (1:03)
  8. + his conversation (8:08)
  9. Shady Side Pittsburgh Female reading (1:15)
  10. + her conversation (7:06)
  11. Mt. Washington Pittsburgh Female conversation (7:04)
  12. South Side - Brookline Pittsburgh Male reading (:48)
  13. + his conversation (6:38)
  14. Mt. Washington Pittsburgh Female reading (1:02)
  15. + her conversation (3:15)
  16. Mt. Washington Pittsburgh Male reading (1:15)
  17. + his conversation (6:56)
  18. Overbrook Pittsburgh Female reading (1:07)
  19. + her conversation (6:34)

Most of these recordings are made "in the field" so you will hear such things as birds, cars or other people in the background. A transcription of the conversations is included to help you follow along.