The speech accent archive is a collection of speech samples in English. A sample text is read by native and non-native speakers alike from all parts of the globe. This is a great resource for those of you who are learning English to hear sample speech and improve your own accent as a result.
Along with the recording of each speaker, there is a IPA transcription of their pronunciation as well as demographic information about the speaker.
To me it’s interesting to hear how English pronunciation varies from place to place, and depending on native language. For example, here’s some native Spanish speakers reading the sample text, or use the map to see how people from different areas speak.
From the about page:
Everyone who speaks a language, speaks it with an accent. A particular accent essentially reflects a person’s linguistic background. When people listen to someone speak with a different accent from their own, they notice the difference, and they may even make certain biased social judgments about the speaker.
The speech accent archive is established to uniformly exhibit a large set of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English all read the same English paragraph and are carefully recorded.1 The archive is constructed as a teaching tool and as a research tool. It is meant to be used by linguists as well as other people who simply wish to listen to and compare the accents of different English speakers.
So go check out this site, and if you’re feeling brave, you can even record and upload your own speech sample.