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Foreign Accent Syndrome

Foreign Accent Syndrome

Foreign Accent Syndrome is an incredibly rare condition that results in damage to the speech centres of the brain, resulting in a sudden speech impediment that leaves the suffer sounding as if they are speaking their native language in the accent of a foreigner. The sufferer doesn’t gain any additional understanding of the foreign language that their accent sounds like. The causes are unknown, and there is no current cure, but the condition can be managed by encouraging the sufferer to adopt the accent more thoroughly, as it will frequently be easier to pronounce words in that accent than their original voice. It is a distressing condition, but it’s rareness makes it almost completely unknown.

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Hello all, I'm an Indian and I speak all new Indian words in a very funny way...is it due to this FAS symptoms or something other..kindly help me out because I'm losing my confidence to read words..also I sound rather funny with mixed accents of Indian and kind of German .....





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I believe I have FAS but am in the process of getting an MRI and going to a speech pathologist. It's been about 2 months since it started. I live in California and was born and raised here, but now speak English with what can sound like and Australian accent. I am finally starting to adjust to it, as it isn't getting and better. I was starting to feel very stressed and depressed about it. It came on 3.5 weeks after I recovered from a tonsillectomy. So I don't know what the cause of the syndrome is yet. It's odd though, because I speak Vietnamese as well, and my Vietnamese hasn't changed. My English will also start off in the morning as not thick-Australian and gets thicker as I keep talking and as the day goes on. I've even started to use slang terms I've never used before. I am at least glad I got a more charming accent to the American ear. But I feel like I need the support of others who are going through the same thing. I am only 22 and this is definitely giving me an identity crisis. I can't imagine being much older and going through the this. It would be so much more difficult I feel.





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Hi i am not sure if i have foreign accent syndrome but last july i suffered i convulsion and woke up unable to speak and had to teach myself to speak again and then ended up with an foreign accent for a month or so and now i suffered i severe migraine and a few days later i was unable to speak again and then this foreign accent happened again. I am under an neurologist but this migraine has lasted 4 days now aswell as this accent.





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I have FAS however have been lucky as Ive gone from the strong Australian accent to a Canadian accent often getting asked where I am from. I play with this with others as I was born in Dallas melbourne Victoria Australia - so I tell them Dallas and laugh :) Occassionally my accent will changes to a strong indian accent which can be very embarrassing as it comes on sudden!





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A question for all of you lucky people who have FAS ;) I have had FAS for over a year. I did not have a stroke and scans show NO damage to my brain. I have no idea of the root cause of my condition. I can read out loud from a book in my old accent. Can anyone else do this? Occasionally I experience worrying episodes (ongoing for 13 months), where everything seems to slow down in my brain and body. I then find I am slurring and finding it very difficult to form speech. Bizarely, during these episodes I can still read out loud from text in a book in my old voice and at a usual tempo. I cannot find any common trigger for the episodes. I am desperate to know if this is a usual side effect of FAS, or if there is something brewing in my body I need to get addressed before things worsen. I am in the NHS system, but it is slow going and not very helpful to date.





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I had FAS after a severe concussion (serious car accident). I too could read in my own accent. Also, immediately after the concussion, I couldn't say anything that was understandable to a listener, although I could read out loud as normal. The most awful thing was that the staff in the hospital were talking about me a laughing at me in the corridor when my ability to speak suddenly came back (after 5 days of gobbledegook)in a very strong Scottish West Highlands accent (which I couldn't ever mimic normally). The accent changed over time and became more Eastern European. It lasted on and off for over a year, but now (three years later), it only comes when I am mentally exhausted (ie, after a hard week, lots of concentrating, noise, fatigue etc..). But, it was bizarre! I am originally from Manchester, England, and my speech therapist said that I sounded like a Polish person who learned their English in Manchester! I occasionally get slurred/slowed speech, and when I am trying to explain something, my speech often gets 'gappy'... I also had mild dysphasia and anomia (couldn't name things even though I knew what they were, and what they were for) after my concussion. Very odd... Doctors just kept referring to things as 'odd' (accurate I suppose, but unhelpful at the same time)... Have a look at this website - it was recommended to me by a neurologist and it was very, very helpful - http://www.neurosymptoms.org/ - it describes things known as 'functional problems'. Good luck :)

Hi , I'm not sure if I do have foreign accent syndrome or not over ayear a go I had stroke like symptoms and was in hospital , had ct scan that didn't show any signs of a stroke yet I come from hackney and have a foreign accent but that's not my only problem I have trouble walking and using my right side of my body too.





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Hi louise you sound deffinately like you have it ....if yu can, go to your g.p and ask to be refer to a speech therapist .... if you have facebook look for foreign accent syndrome (new) ok we are all there to listen ......

Thank you for your comment, I already have seen speech therapist but it hasn't helped me .I am now waiting to see a specialist for cfs/m e

Well Done!! Telling the story from personal impact, not just stats. I also have been dealing with Foreign Accent Syndrome personally since a bad migraine in May 2009 which took my normal midwest American speech and changed it profoundly into "European blend" depending on the words used and the hearer...French/ Swedish - German, Irish, south African, Australian ... I am very thankful for this piece and likewise desire to get the truth of the condition more into the mainstream medical and public press. I believe there are more people like us out there with doctors who have not heard of FAS may misdiagnose and whose sufferers are in the turmoil of not knowing what is happening, why, nor having understanding support. I would like to offer articles on my site Ellen5e.com and search box fas to see articles, hear and see videos to encourage and enlighten you from both first and secobd person point of view. I am known as Ellen5e and would love to connect on twitter or facebook as well :-) With such rarity, understanding support is even more critical and Kay, Debie and others like us are connecting via the net.





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'Telling the story from personal impact' lol I was hit by a car in 1994 and suffered a massive head injury. My voice went through periods of me speaking like a South African though mainly I sounded Welsh-Italian! Over the years my voice has become stable, but is it 'normal'? I am told by most speech therapists that I am dysarthric yet tests say I am not! It is the new me, I guess, as no one can remember how I spoke before. Oddly, I was good at accents (and animal impressions), but now can do none :( All I have left is a voice I use to speak, but it is not really me.

good evening everyone anybody new people foreign accent syndrome on here tho my name is mo

Hi, I'm wondering how you get diagnosed? I totally relate to your condition but not to the same extent. I speak in different accents all the time and don't seem able to control it. I hear an accent and I'm immediately speaking like it. I have a history of migraines and this has definitely become worse in the last couple of years. I am also bothered by a lot of background noises. I wonder if I might have a mild case?





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Hi Kelly, my name is Kay Russell and have Foreign Accent syndrome. Am happy to talk to you and you can find me on facebook. Have you been to see your GP since this start or a neurologist? Best way for diagnosis is to ask GP to recommend for speech therapy appointment. A speech therapist should then be able to help you with this. It is a bit of slow process sometime unfortunate. If you need any more assistance, please contact me via FB. Best wishes to you Kay

Hello I wouldn't say that you hear it and sound like it .. It is more you are unable to control your muscles in you mouth and it sound different because of this.....but if you are concerned you can contact you local speech therapist or contact nick miller at newcastle uni or John Coleman at Oxford uni Hope this helps ......

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Hi Kay i,ve been looking for you on facebook and i can,t find you





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Join the foreign accent syndrome new on facebook and you will find her that way maybe a bit easier!

Hi Catherine, sorry you haven't been able to find me. I live in Cheltenham and there should be a photo on my profile. If you google foreign accent syndrome kay russell you will find interview on there by bbc radio gloucestershire - living with foreign accent syndrome or BBC breakfast time Coping with Foreign Accent Syndrome and you'll see what I look like You should then be able to find me from there

I also suffer from foreign accent since 2009 after suffering from strokes. I am told that i sound Italian!





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Julia, my name is Kay Russell and a fellow sufferer of FAS. If you wish to talk with me about FAS please feel free to contact me via Facebook. If you google Foreign Accent Syndrome Kay Russell you'll see I've done a lot of interviews and you'll see photos to help find me on FB. best wishes to you, Kay

Hello the Facebook sight for fas is foreign accent syndrome new .... You can also contact nick miller at Newcastle uni


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