Very rare: Angie has a foreign language accent syndrome
Angie Yen could not believe what was happening to her: a few days ago when she was in the Australian shower, she always sang along to the music – but this time with a very strange accent. “I can not shake it! I had an interview with an Irish accent, I never went to Ireland!” She says in her video diary on Tick Tock. You can hear before and after comparing your voice in the video. But how can such a bare linguistic change happen overnight?
Foreign Accent Syndrome: Behind it
Angie was shocked and could not explain her new way of speaking. It turns out in the hospital: German Foreign Language Accent Syndrome (FAS) – She suffers from what is known as Foreign Accent Syndrome. In Tick Tock, many users allege that this is fake. “Unfortunately this is not fake. Today is the 13th day, I woke up again and it doesn’t feel like me,” the young woman explains. They have already paid innumerable sums for appointments with specialists after doctors suggested that there was a serious risk to health.
The development of foreign language accent syndrome is still unclear. Specialist articles and studies report on about 100 cases and more than 150 cases described so far worldwide. As a rule, it is not a “real” pronunciation, but a defect of expression, spoken rhythm and tempo, reminiscent of another language – in English, Irish English. Possible causes could be brain damage, for example a heart attack or brain damage.
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“I feel completely alien”
She still can’t figure out how Angie lost her routine: her tonsils were removed a few days ago – but doctors in the emergency room couldn’t find any signs of problems in her head. Tick tock. “I try to speak normally and remember my pronunciation as before,” she describes her condition. In a crying video, she explains how this change affects her: “It affects me that I have to admit it. I feel different. When I’m with Australian-English-speaking people, I feel completely alien.”
Her specialist advised her to wait a few more days to see if the Irish accent would disappear when the swelling from the tonsils healed from the operation, they write in Tic Tac Toe. Angie plans to start speech therapy and perhaps go to drama school and learn how to speak: Australian.