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Accent vs Dialect

Accent usually describes how people pronounce words of a language different from their mother tongue. It reveals one’s place of origin.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks English with an Austrian accent.

Dialect is usually spoken by people who live in a certain region of a country.

Dialects have distinctive vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, and grammar.

  • She spoke the language in a regional dialect, which made it difficult to understand.