Aussie Woman Who Woke Up With Irish Accent is Sharing her Journey on TikTok

One Australian woman has gone viral on TikTok after sharing her medical mystery that is leaving viewers stumped: one day, her typical Aussie accent suddenly disappeared and was replaced by an Irish one.

According to, Angie Yen didn't notice anything amiss when she began her day on April 28. However, when the 27-year-old dentist began to sing in the shower as she always did, she didn't recognize the voice coming out of her body. Instead of her usual Australian accent, Yen was shocked to hear a voice that sounded distinctly Irish.

"When I started singing I was singing in a different sound and also talking words in a funny accent," she told the news outlet.

She immediately called a friend who suggested the condition might be a case of foreign accent syndrome (FAS).

Because having a stroke is one possible cause of FAS, Yen reportedly headed to the hospital to get checked out. But medical professionals reportedly found no issues with her health, and she was sent home without a solution.

"They couldn't do anything, I was normal," Yen told Notably, Yen had her tonsils removed on April 19, in a simple procedure that took place nearly ten days before the Irish accent appeared, leading some doctors to believe the two were related.

Heeding the advice of experts, Yen waited to see if the strange accent would disappear on its own. But it didn't.

At first, she said, her friends and family thought she was faking it. As the days went on, however, it became clear to them that the Irish accent wasn't a ruse. "After a while, they realize I'm not joking because there's no way you pretend in an accent for two or three days, even in a normal conversation," Yen told


Day 1: I woke up with an Irish accent 😱 #sendhelp

♬ original sound - angie.mcyen

Two days after the Irish accent appeared, Yen, who has never been to Ireland, decided to document her experience on TikTok. In doing so, she hopes to spread awareness regarding FAS and connect with others who may also be afflicted. "I can 100 percent connect with them and know what they are feeling because I feel so lost because it's so rare," she said.

"But I hope by using this platform to spread awareness that hopefully one day people know if you wake up with a foreign accent or a weird-sounding accent that you go straight to a hospital."

Yen's latest updates, posted on Tuesday, marks fourteen days since her accent suddenly shifted. In one video, she details her extensive list of upcoming medical appointments, including visits with a neurologist, an ear, nose and throat specialist, and speech therapy. She says she might also need to take acting lessons to regain her Aussie accent.


Reply to Day 14: Trying a new thing where ppl who deny my reality gets to pay for my medical bills 🥳#foreignaccentsyndrome #foryou

♬ original sound - angie.mcyen

While the majority of comments on Yen's videos are supportive, there are those who doubt her condition. But Yen has a message for them: "For those people who have questioned the authenticity of this...the reason why I have decided to take my story public, even though I'm a very private person, is to raise awareness for foreign accent syndrome and for people to be taken seriously."

Irish Flag in 2007
A hand holding an Irish flag to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2007. Jeremy O'Donnell/Getty Images