Revealed: The UK’s quickest speaking cities

It’s finest identified for Richard III, Jamie Vardy and Walkers Crisps. 

But now town of Leicester has one other declare to fame.

Experts have discovered that the East Midlands metropolis is residence to the fastest-talking individuals within the UK. 

On common, Leicesterians converse at 255 phrases per minute (wpm) – approach surpassing the UK common of 189.8 wpm. 

Other fast-talking cities embody Glasgow and Liverpool, whereas the slowest-talking cities are Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds. 

Leicester takes the crown for being the fastest-talking city in the UK, with residents¿ speedy chatter allowing them to speak an impressive 254.8 words per minute

Leicester takes the crown for being the fastest-talking metropolis within the UK, with residents’ speedy chatter permitting them to talk a formidable 254.8 phrases per minute

It's best known for Richard III, Jamie Vardy and Walkers Crisps, but now the city of Leicester has another claim to fame

It’s finest identified for Richard III, Jamie Vardy and Walkers Crisps, however now town of Leicester has one other declare to fame 

The fastest-talking UK cities  

  1. Leicester – 254.8 phrases per minute 
  2. Glasgow – 218.1 wpm
  3. Liverpool – 210.3 wpm
  4. Bristol – 195.1 wpm
  5. London – 192.9 wpm
  6. Nottingham – 181.4 wpm
  7. Sheffield – 174.7 wpm
  8. Leeds – 173.9 wpm
  9. Birmingham – 164.2 wpm
  10. Edinburgh – 132.2 wpm 


The analysis was carried out by on-line language studying market Preply, which analysed movies and radio broadcasts from throughout the UK. 

Kalendra Withanaarachchi, digital government at Preply, thinks Leicester’s nice multiculturalism could be associated to the end result.

According to the Higher Education Policy Institute, 59.1 per cent of individuals dwelling in Leicester are from ethnic minority teams. 

For comparability, 81 per cent of individuals in England and Wales are of a white ethnicity. 

‘The Leicester accent has many contributing components that make it really feel fast-paced, with one of the notable being its various and multicultural inhabitants,’ Withanaarachchi stated. 

‘With the native accent being influenced by many alternative heritage languages and dialects, this will make the accent sound very fast to those that are unfamiliar with it and dwelling outdoors of Leicester.’ 

To decide how briskly and sluggish totally different components of the UK converse, the staff at Preply took a seed checklist of the ten most populated UK cities. 

They calculated the typical phrases stated per minute from a number of YouTube movies from every of the cities and analysed the transcripts of native information stations and podcasts. 

Leicester topped the list, while London was only the third-fastest talking city in the south (and fifth overall)

Leicester topped the checklist, whereas London was solely the third-fastest speaking metropolis within the south (and fifth total)

The slowest-talking cities are Edinburgh (pictured), Birmingham and Leeds, according to the results

The slowest-talking cities are Edinburgh (pictured), Birmingham and Leeds, in line with the outcomes 

By a large margin, Leicester was discovered to be the fastest-talking metropolis, with a mean of 254.8 wpm, adopted by Glasgow at 218.13 wpm. 

Citizens in each cities are susceptible to omitting sure syllables and utilizing shorter vowel sounds, presumably attributable to ‘exterior components’ like ‘the fast-paced nature of their surroundings’. 

Despite scousers being well-known for speaking furiously shortly, Liverpool was solely third at 210.3 wpm, adopted by Bristol (195.1 wpm) and London (192.9 wpm).

This was an attention-grabbing end result contemplating London is probably the most multicultural metropolis within the UK, and that considered one of Britain’s well-known fast-talkers – record-breaker Steve Woodmore – was from London. 

Meanwhile, the slowest-talking cities had been discovered to be Edinburgh at 132.2 wpm, adopted by Birmingham (164.2 wpm), Leeds (173.9 wpm) and Sheffield (174.7 wpm). 

‘Speakers from Edinburgh enunciate their phrases extra clearly or intentionally, which frequently gives the look of talking slowly, particularly in comparison with audio system with quicker or extra relaxed speech patterns,’ stated Sylvia Johnson, head of methodology at Preply. 

Although the UK’s 10 most populous cities is hardly consultant of the entire of the UK, the affect of every metropolis’s speech could unfold additional into regional areas because of the broad availability of the native broadcasts. 

While scousers are famous for talking furiously quickly, Liverpool was only third at 210.3 wpm, followed by Bristol (195.1 wpm) and London (192.9 wpm)

While scousers are well-known for speaking furiously shortly, Liverpool was solely third at 210.3 wpm, adopted by Bristol (195.1 wpm) and London (192.9 wpm)

When analysing the video and audio, the consultants observed that soccer was one of many subjects specifically that triggered quick speech.

One instance was a video posted by Leicester City’s YouTube channel, the place a whopping 716 phrases had been spoken per minute on their video about midfielder Abdul Fatawu becoming a member of Leicester City again in August. 

Whilst over on BBC Radio Leicester, Andy Pierce’s interview with the band Courthouse had speech at 180.4 wpm.  

Londoner Steve Woodmore, who died final 12 months, put himself within the Guinness World Records e book in 1990 by speaking at 637 wpm. 

Woodmore misplaced his document in 1995, when Canada’s Sean Shannon was in a position to articulate at 655 wpm. 

To get the document, Shannon recited Shakespeare’s Hamlet soliloquy ‘To be or to not be’ in 23.8 seconds, on August 30, 1995, in Edinburgh. 

Accents actually are contagious: People begin speaking like one another once they perform duties collectively, examine finds 

When you spend plenty of time with a pal, do you discover your accent begins to vary? 

If so, you are not alone, as a brand new examine has revealed that individuals begin speaking like one another once they perform duties collectively.

Researchers from universities in Pennsylvania carried out a examine to research ‘phonetic convergence’ – a phenomenon that happens when individuals begin imitating the pronunciation of vowel sounds when chatting with somebody with a distinct accent.

Their findings counsel that the extra participating a job is, the upper the speed of phonetic convergence. 

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