Foreign Accent Syndrome



Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is a rare speech disorder. If you have FAS, you adopt what sounds like a foreign accent, even though you may never have traveled to that particular country.
Stroke—Common Cause of Foreign Accent Syndrome
si1213 97870 1 Ischemic Stroke.jpg
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.


FAS is caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls the rhythm and melody of speech. The damage may be due to:FAS is also linked it to other symptoms, such as:
  • Aphasia—a communication disorder that can affect the ability to understand and express language
  • Speech apraxia—a speech disorder that affects the ability to make sounds, syllables, and words

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chance of FAS include:
  • High risk for stroke
  • Aphasia or apraxia


Those with foreign accent syndrome speak in a distorted rhythm and tone, such as:
  • Making vowel sounds longer and lower such as changing English “yeah” to German “jah”
  • Changing sound quality by moving the tongue or jaw differently while speaking
  • Substituting words or using inappropriate words to describe something
  • Stringing sentences together the wrong way
If you have FAS, you may be able to speak easily and without anxiety. Other people are able to understand you. The accent that you have adopted could be within the same language, such as American-English to British-English.Symptoms can last for months, years, or may be permanent.

leave comments
Did you like this? Share with your family and friends.
Related Topics:
Current Research From Top Journals

Music May Improve Sleep Quality in Adults with Insomnia
October 2015

Insomnia can make your days miserable and a cure can be hard to find. There are some medications but there is some worry with side effects and the potential for addiction. Music is side effect free and according to this study may help you find sleep.

dot separator
previous editions

CPAP May Help Older Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
September 2015

Water Before Meals May Promote Weight Loss
August 2015

Fecal Transplants Induce Ulcerative Colitis Remission
July 2015

dashed separator


Our Free Newsletter
click here to see all of our uplifting newsletters »