Essex accent
I came across a podcast that I liked. There are two hosts, one of which is a man from Essex, and the other one is a woman from Somerset. I understand the woman perfectly, but that Essex accent of a guy and his fast pace of speech was a disaster for me at first... I probably understood 20% of what he was saying. It seemed for me he was talking with porridge in his mouth...

Then I decided to listen to a bit of his speech for a few times. On the fourth time I surprisingly understood most part of the text.

I looked for some videos of people from Essex. Didn't find much - mainly YouTube bloggers imitating accents, but not people originally from Essex. If you know some TV or radio programs that come with this accent, please let me know. I would like to listen to people of different gender and age to understand it better.

Thank you!

Jun 12, 2020 6:13 PM
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We can see you :)

Try looking for a show called 'The Only Way is Essex'.

Btw, I loved your description about the mouth full of porridge. That is exactly right. I live in southeast England, and when listen to people walking past my door, the noises that some locals make do sound like blob-blob-blob!
June 16, 2020
Silage? Now it makes sense, thank you La Liseuse:)
June 16, 2020
I am not a great linguist expert but the accent is from the southern part of Essex?
The man just says the word 'Equipment' and he talks about cutting "silage"
'silage' is winter fodder for animals usually diary cows. It is made by cutting young fresh green grass, piling it into big heaps and then constantly squeezing if by driving tractors over it. This squeezes out the juice and the grass ferments like wine, the grass is then covered in plastic until the next winter when it is opened up there is a top layer that is no good but the rest underneath is pickled and smells sweet and animals love it.

it's like a pickled fermented grass.

and at the end of this video they drive tractors over it to squeeze out the juice before covering in plastic until next winter.
June 16, 2020
The word he uses is 'silage': he's talking about the reason people are cutting the grass - to use as animal feed.
June 16, 2020
I assume you are referring to South Essex that borders North East London down to the thames.
A little similar to London or cockney or estuary English but not the same.
Middle and North essex is another accent.

If this is not the accent then it could be one of four or five other large areas within the very large county of Essex. Each with a different accent.
June 16, 2020
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