Posted on: January 22, 2015

A new study out of the University of Western Sydney has found that Australian babies find it easier to understand Canadian accents than their own. Maybe it’s the way we say “aboot?” Actually, it appears there are more differences in sound between our vowels. For example, “ee” and “oo” sound more similar in Australian accents than in Canadian ones, making it harder to tell them apart. So it seems that accents can have an impact on how easy or difficult it is for infants, and others, to learn English.