Testimonials & Reviews


“I just discovered your archive Website [IDEA], and I wanted to tell you what a WONDERFUL resource it is. I’m an actress working on multiple small roles in The Heidi Chronicles, and my characters come from Michigan, Tennessee, and New York. I also am a voice-over artist and always need very particular accents in my repertoire. While I own lots of good dialect tapes, none of them have such a full range of regional accents as what I’ve found on your Website. Thanks for putting together this valuable project.”

Sarah Green, wrote after consulting IDEA


“[Paul Meier’s] most excellent Website, IDEA [the International Dialects of English Archive] has been a boon to dialect coaches, actors, directors, linguists, teachers, and general language enthusiasts throughout the world for 17 years.”

Krista Scott [in presenting Paul Meier with the Voice and Speech Trainers Association’s Outstanding Service Award at the VASTA conference in London on August 9, 2014]
Assistant Professor, Voice & Acting
TCU Department of Theatre
Fort Worth, Texas


“Hi there. I just wanted to say a huge, massive, exuberant THANK YOU for the existence of IDEA. I live in Nelson, New Zealand (although I’m originally from the UK) and am currently tutoring a former refugee in English.  The archive is going to be invaluable in exposing my student to a variety of English accents that she is likely to hear living in Nelson in a way that will allow her to really notice the differences, what with each recording starting with the same text being read out. I’m so excited to share this with her!”

Reba El
Nelson, New Zealand


“Many teachers of speech and dialect for actors seek ways to give students a kinesthetic experience when dealing with the International Phonetic Alphabet. Paul Meier’s work with the IPA and the IDEA Website has been invaluable for teachers, coaches, students, and actors studying speech or new dialects. With the rise of technology, having the ability to quickly access resources on iPads or iPhones makes it easy to take your resources with you to rehearsal or to set. However, flash requirements make trying to play sound files on Websites almost impossible on a tablet like the iPad. Paul Meier’s app — titled The Interactive IPA [click here for more information] — is an easy way to take a reliable IPA resource with you everywhere. The app features all current official phonetic charts, as well as diphthong charts for standard American and British RP, which were developed by Mr. Meier.

The user-friendly interactive aspect makes the app a kinesthetic and audiovisual learning aid. The user simply touches the symbol they wish to examine more closely. A detailed description of the symbol pops up and an option to play a sound file, so you can hear, touch, and see the symbol at the same time. The app makes a wonderful addition to classroom use for students in an introduction to speech or a stage-dialects course where the IPA is used, as it can easily supplement some current popular methods such as Knight-Thompson speechwork or Colaianni pillow work. If you are an iPad or iPhone user, download the app or read some of the rave reviews other users have given it by going to your device’s app store and searching for “The Interactive IPA.” Now all we need is an app for the dialect archives!”

Joshua Moser
Associate Editor, The VASTA Voice


“I well remember the days when I was running all over New York City with my little cassette-tape recorder, listening for the source material I so desperately needed, and then went begging to get it. Now, I look back on those days with a nostalgic grin, but never, ever wanting to return to them. IDEA has literally changed the life of my students and myself. I (we) am most grateful to you, and to all the IDEA contributors, for making all our lives easier, richer, and more accurate.”

Kate Ufema
Department of Theatre, University of Minnesota – Duluth


“Thank you and congratulations to all of you! This is such a valuable resource.”

Sheila Gordon, Chairperson
Department of Performing Arts
St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas


“I just wanted to thank you for your Website. I am an English teacher in South Korea and had a student last semester who was heading off this winter for work/study in Ireland. I have lived in Ireland (born in the U.K., grew up in Australia) and know that the accent can take a little getting used to. I managed to find your site and told the student about it so that she could get some listening practice in before she left. The site is a great resource in this kind of situation. The student especially liked the profile information. Thank you again for a great site.”

Leigh Rogers
Ansan, Kyongi Do, South Korea


“Thank you for all you have done in creating and maintaining IDEA. … IDEA is a valuable resource and a tremendous contribution to the field. Bravo!”

Erica Tobolski, Associate Professor of Voice/Speech & Acting
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina


“I rely upon this resource enormously, and it has helped me with my teaching and coaching. I cannot imagine how I would manage without it.”

Geraldine Cook, Senior Lecturer Theatre (Voice) and Associate Dean Equity
Convenor of Postgraduate Studies in Voice
School of Performing Arts
Faculty of the VCA and MCM
Victoria, Australia


“I am a teaching artist with the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in North Carolina as well as a freelance dialect coach. I have used your fantastic IDEA research site for years and have found it to be the most helpful resource around.”

Sarah Diener, Resident Teaching Artist
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina


“I recently came across your archive and would like to congratulate you on this excellent idea. I am currently finishing my thesis at Sussex University on ‘English as a medium of academic identity: attitudes to language in French higher education,’ and I also work as an EMI trainer. My results have shown that my participants are still very hung up about the native speaker/non-native speaker distinction and this tool you have provided will be very helpful in showing my teacher-trainees and students that they can contribute to the English language as legitimate speakers with their own stories and linguistic backgrounds. Keep up the good work! Bien cordialement!”

Alexandra Reynolds
Service Langues, UFR Sciences et Techniques, Université de Nantes
Nantes, France