While it may be some pretty basic knowledge over here that our accent is the best, it’s nice to gain recognition around the world that, in fact, the Irish accent is among the least annoying. [Featured Image: Anna Church, Unsplash].
According to a study by business training website The Knowledge Academy, people could listen to someone with an Irish accent speak for an average of four-minutes and thirty-two seconds.
The study was carried out by asking 500 people to listen to native English speakers from Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada, America and Great Britain read five-minute readings from a book. Subjects were asked to switch off the audio when they found the accent irritating.
And, hey. Turns out our time was pretty good! We were among the least annoying, coming in just behind Scotland, who were found to have the least annoying accents.
However, the most annoying accents were found to be from USA and South Africa. In the study, people were found to switch of the US book passage after an average of 90 seconds.