Three and a half years ago, 38-year-old Sarah Colwill was rushed to the hospital suffering from a severe migraine. When she woke up, she spoke with what can best be described as a “Chinese” accent. Colwill grew up in the English city of Plymouth, and has never been to China. I’m going to assume she hasn’t spent a lot of time with Chinese non-native English speakers with a similar accent. But this apparently how she speaks now.
Colwill has been diagnosed with a rare speech impediment called Foreign Accent Syndrome.