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Foreign Accent Syndrome is a real thing that makes people sound racist

On Wednesday, BBC One ran a documentary about a British woman named Sarah Colwill who woke up one day with a Chinese accent that wouldn't go away. She's not Chinese.

Foreign Accent Syndrome is a real thing that makes people sound racist

On Wednesday, BBC One ran a documentary about a British woman named Sarah Colwill who woke up one day with a Chinese accent that wouldn't go away. She's not Chinese.

The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese follows the 38-year-old Colwill as she struggles to overcome Foreign Accent Syndrome, which is an actual thing that real people suffer from. She has dinner with another woman who suffered from Foreign Accent Syndrome and discusses the difficulties she faces in every day life, like angering owners of Chinese restaurants, walking with a cane because the stroke-like event has affected the rest of her body, too, and acclimating to life with a new voice and vocabulary.

An overwhelming majority of the doc is available on YouTube if you've got some free time. [h/t Gawker]

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