MMA Student Starts Speaking In A French Accent After Suffering A Stroke In Training

MMA Student Starts Speaking In A French Accent After Suffering A Stroke In Training

How hard is it to learn a foreign language? What about “just” a foreign accent? Not easy, to say the least.
But for Jack Allan, an MMA enthusiast and student, the foreign accent came by itself – after he’d suffered a stroke in training.

In October 2023, Allan was kicked in the head during an MMA training session, resulting in a brain bleed and temporary paralysis that left him unable to speak.

According to DailyMail, as he recovered, Allan developed a rare and perplexing condition known as foreign accent syndrome – which has altered his speech to resemble a French accent.

Allan, now 22 years old, has worked diligently to regain his mobility and speech.
But the transformation in his accent has been a surprising turn of events:

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get my British accent back.
My goal is to have the French one not leak out at all.

Medical professionals have been closely monitoring Allan’s recovery, aiming to understand the underlying mechanisms of his linguistic shift.

While the condition is often temporary, the long-term effects can vary significantly, and Allan’s journey to restore his native accent may be prolonged.

Hopefully, this former Commonwealth Games swimmer will be fully back on track sooner rather than later.

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