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South African Accents

These materials cover South African accents, including those of Afrikaans, Xhosa, and other language speakers when they speak South African English - 6 hours of audio!

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South African Accents Learning Materials

  • The South African materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through the basics of various South African accents using the text, including bonus tracks of Jim leading you through a monologue in the accents, and additional examples of speaking with the accent from coach Carolyn Johnson.
  • There are also recordings of native speakers - almost 6 hours of recordings in total!
  • You'll get a PDF of the written teaching materials and of transcripts of all of the native speakers so that you can follow along as they speak. You also get three other formats of the teaching materials for other reading/device options: a smaller PDF file to print, a MOBI for Kindle, and an EPUB version for other portable readers. 
  • These materials focus on native English speaking South Africans, and then it goes into details on speech elements of various other South Africans that may carry over into South African English (SAE), touching specifically on Afrikaans South African (ASA) and Black South African (BSA). Depending on their fluency, they may speak straight South African English, or they may speak with elements of their first language carrying over into their English pronunciation. 

Audio files in Five Volumes (275.2 MB, 358 minutes)

Volume 1: Learning the Accent

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints for learning a South African accent (11:02)
  2. Consonant sound changes (21:48)
  3. Vowel sound changes  (16:00)
  4. changes in Diphthongs  (9:22)
  5. South African English Practice Sentences (2:49)
  6. Afrikaans South African Practice Sentences (2:01)
  7. Black South African Practice Sentences (1:57)
  8. BONUS Text Practice (31:16)
  9. BONUS Intonation Practice (7:53)
  10. BONUS Text Examples (2:55)

Volume 2: Recordings of Native Speakers (mostly South African English - SAE)

  1. Johannesburg SAE White Female conversation (6:33)
  2. Johannesburg SAE White Female reading (1:20)
  3. + her conversation (1:56)
  4. Johannesburg SAE White Male reading (1:07)
  5. + his conversation (2:07)
  6. Johannesburg SAE White Male reading (1:03)
  7. + his conversation (:35)
  8. Johannesburg SAE Coloured Female reading (1:17)
  9. + her conversation (4:13)
  10. + this same actress reading in an SAE variation (1:19)
  11. + improvising in accent (1:43)
  12. Durban SAE White Male reading (:51)
  13. + his conversation (:59)
  14. Durban SAE White Male reading (1:16)
  15. + his conversation (6:30)
  16. Cape Town SAE White Female reading (1:22)
  17. + her conversation (7:14)
  18. Port Elizabeth SAE White Female reading (1:12)
  19. + her conversation (3:21)
  20. Cape Town SAE White Female reading (1:32)
  21. + her conversation (2:46)
  22. KwaMhlanga SAE White Male reading (:56)
  23. + his conversation (3:51)
  24. Pretoria SAE White Female reading (1:11)
  25. + her conversation (3:46)
  26. East London SAE White Male reading (1:21)
  27. + his conversation (3:05)
  28. Woodbank Coloured Two Females conversation (1:02)
  29. Cape Town White Female reading (1:14)
  30. + her conversation (2:50)

Volume 3: Recordings of Native Speakers (Afrikaans)

  1. Polokwane Afrikaans White Female reading (1:00)
  2. + her conversation (2:52)
  3. Krugersdorp Afrikaans White Male reading (:59)
  4. + his conversation (2:45)
  5. Johannesburg Afrikaans White Male reading (:59)
  6. + his conversation (1:29)
  7. Springbok Afrikaans White Male reading (1:24)
  8. + his conversation (3:34)
  9. Cape Town Afrikaans White Male reading (1:09)
  10. + his conversation (2:41)
  11. Pretoria Afrikaans White Male reading (1:30)
  12. + his conversation (2:23)
  13. Cape Town Afrikaans White Female reading (1:07)
  14. + her conversation (7:40)
  15. Johannesburg & Krugersdorp Afrikaans White Female reading (1:23)
  16. + her conversation (6:29)
  17. Northern Cape Afrikaans White Male reading (:59)
  18. + his conversation (6:14)
  19. Durban Afrikaans White Female reading (1:30)
  20. + her conversation (:16)
  21. Cape Town Afrikaans Coloured Male reading (1:46)
  22. + his conversation (6:29)
  23. Port Elizabeth Afrikaans Coloured Male reading (1:17)
  24. + his conversation (:40)
  25. Cape Town Afrikaans Coloured Female reading (1:38)
  26. + her conversation & more reading (3:39)
  27. Springbok Afrikaans Coloured Male reading (1:01)
  28. + his conversation (3:28)
  29. Johannesburg Afrikaans Black Male reading (1:22)
  30. + his conversation (6:59)

      Volume 4: Recordings of Native Speakers (mostly Afrikaans)

      1. Durban Afrikaans Coloured Male reading (1:28)
      2. + his conversation (4:51)
      3. Free State Afrikaans White Male reading (1:31)
      4. + his conversation (2:34)
      5. Pretoria Afrikaans White Female reading (1:16)
      6. + her conversation (4:02)
      7. Pretoria Afrikaans White Female reading (1:17)
      8. + her conversation (4:01)
      9. Port Elizabeth SAE AFrikaans Coloured Female reading (1:02)
      10. + her conversation (2:20)
      11. Vereeniging Afrikaans White Male reading (1:20)
      12. + his conversation (4:30)
      13. Vredefort Afrikaans White Male reading (1:17)
      14. + his conversation (:40)
      15. Wynberg Cape town Afrikaans White Female reading (1:25)
      16. + her conversation (1:57)
      17. Pretoria Afrikaans White Male reading (1:15)
      18. + his conversation (1:04)
      19. Cape Town Afrikaans SAE White Male reading (1:13)
      20. + his conversation (3:07)
      21. Cape Town Afrikaans White Male reading (1:04)
      22. + his conversation (1:36)
      23. Nigel Afrikaans White Female reading (1:09)
      24. + her conversation (1:18)
      25. Pietermaritzburg Afrikaans White Female reading (1:30)
      26. + her conversation (3:24)
      27. Stellenbosch Afrikaans SAE White Female reading (1:26)
      28. + her conversation (2:13)
      29. Durban Indian-SA Female reading (1:07)
      30. + her conversation (:44)

      Volume 5: Recordings of Native Speakers (Xhosa, Zulu, others)

      1. Johannesburg Afrikaans & Setswana Black Male reading (1:05)
      2. + his conversation (3:03)
      3. Cape Town Xhosa Black Male reading (1:07)
      4. + his conversation (:10)
      5. Cape Town Xhosa Black Female reading (1:07)
      6. + her conversation (:14)
      7. Randburg Zulu Black Female reading (1:43)
      8. + her conversation (:19)
      9. Johannesburg Zulu Black Male reading (1:01)
      10. Nelspruit Black Male reading (1:19)
      11. + his conversation (5:38)
      12. Umtata Black Female reading (1:03)
      13. + her conversation (3:05)
      14. KwaZulu-Natal Xhosa Black Female reading (1:27)
      15. + her conversation (1:25)
      16. Johannesburg Xhosa Black Male reading (1:16)
      17. + his conversation (2:30)
      18. Benoni Zulu Black Female reading (1:02)
      19. + her conversation (2:08)
      20. Boksburg Sesotho Black Female conversation (5:32)
      21. Effingham Durban Black Female reading (1:28)
      22. + her conversation (:44)
      23. Cape Town Xhosa Black Male reading (1:10)
      24. + her conversation (3:54)
      25. Cape Town Xhosa & Tsonga Black Male reading (1:19)
      26. + his conversation (1:26)
      27. Soweto Sesitho & Afrikaans Black Female reading (1:10)

      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.

      $24.95