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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.
  • You'll also have a number of recordings of native speakers, most of which Jim gathered on multiple trips to Pittsburgh. You'll be able to follow along with a PDF transcript of their conversation while you listen.
  • You'll get a PDF of the teaching materials, as well as three other formats of the book: a PDF file to print, 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.
  • All of the sound files are in MP3 format so that you can play them on your computer, load them onto your phone, or burn them to a CD.
  • You'll receive a link via email so that you can download all of the materials as ZIP files directly to your computer.
  • You'll also get future updates for free!

5% of all profits from these materials go to diversity scholarships for actors at the University of Houston.

Listen to a Sample!

Audio files in Two Volumes (144MB, 185 minutes)

Pittsburgh Vol 1: Learning the Accent

  1. Sound Placement, Intonation and Helpful Hints (5:37)
  2. Consonant sound changes (17:42)
  3. Vowel sound changes (10:21)
  4. changes to Diphthongs (8:16)
  5. Alternate Pronunciations (4:20)
  6. Practice Sentences (2:55)
  7. Text Practice on Sounds (15:12)
  8. Text Practice on Sounds continued (13:31)
  9. Placement & Intonation Practice (8:27)
  10. Monologue Example (1:23)

Pittsburgh Vol 2: Native Speakers

  1. Male from Uptown reading (1:04)
  2. + his conversation (8:10)
  3. Female from Shady Side reading (1:15)
  4. + her conversation (7:07)
  5. Female from Mt Washington in conversation (7:04)
  6. Male from South Side/Brookline reading (:49)
  7. + his conversation (6:40)
  8. Female from Mt Washington reading (1:01)
  9. + her conversation (3:15)
  10. Male from Mt Washington reading (1:16)
  11. + his conversation (6:57)
  12. Female from Overbrook reading (1:08)
  13. + her conversation (6:35)
  14. Male from South Park reading (:49)
  15. + his conversation (5:54)
  16. Female from South Hills PA reading (1:00)
  17. + her conversation (3:14)
  18. Female from Pittsburgh reading (1:02)
  19. + her conversation (4:07)
  20. Male from Carrick reading (:56)
  21. + his conversation (11:27)
  22. Female from Shaler Township reading (1:23)
  23. + her conversation (7:41)
  24. Male from Etna reading (1:50)
  25. + his conversation (5:24)

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.