Angie Yen and her surprising journey
A dentist from Brisbane, 27-year old Angie Yen, was in the shower getting ready for an interview when she began singing in a voice she didn’t recognize. Her Australian accent was gone – in its place was an unfamiliar accent.
Troubled, Yen called a friend who travels around the world, hoping he knew that kind of accent she has. “You sound like an Irish,” her friend told her.
Yen took to social media and explained that ten days before, she had her tonsils removed. After the operation, all seemed well. She had no issues talking or eating; her only complaint was her sore throat, for which she received painkillers.
Then, ten days later, she was doing an interview with an Irish accent despite never having been to Ireland.
Experts suspect it’s Foreign Accent Syndrome
While others are skeptical, experts say Yen probably has Foreign Accent Syndrome, a disorder where a person experiences a change in her speech and is perceived to speak with a “foreign” accent².
A report published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry also calls it “an unusual consequence of structural neurological damage, but may sometimes represent a functional neurological disorder.”³