How to learn a British accent?

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  1. kabunaru Guest

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    Well, I am pretty bored so I want to learn an accent. Does anybody know a way on how to learn a British accent pretty quickly. I really like the British accent(s) a lot.
     
  2. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    Rent a lot of movies with a Welsh actor, and repeat the lines? Or hire a voice coach.
     
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    First thing to do is to know how to not offend the Welsh – one thing they certainly aren't is English. ;)
     
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    There are tapes(cds whatever) available for actors to try and pick up different accents although in my experience (of listening to actors) they don't seem to work very well.
     
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    I thought there was a Welsh-English accent? :confused:
     
  7. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    There are a number of Welsh dialects and accents, but the Welsh and English are two separate nationalities.

    The BBC has an online accent and dialect archive with sound clips that you might find useful.

    If you learn how to speak with a Yorkshire accent, you'll find that people will like you wherever you go. ;)
     
  8. sananda macrumors 68020

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    well the welsh speak english and do so, i suppose, with an accent. but wales is not in england.
     
  9. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    I just scrubbed what I was going to post as it's a linguistic nightmare,however as above keep forefront in your mind the Welsh aren't English.
     
  10. Lau Guest

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    This may help

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    England, Wales and Scotland are all separate parts of the UK, so Wales isn't part of England, it's part of the UK.
     
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    :confused::confused::confused:
     
  12. calculus Guest

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    For a brilliant English accent you could always study Dick Van Dyke's performance in the film Mary Poppins.
     
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    Or Natalie Portman's in V for Vendetta. Not a single complaint of bleeding ears there, no sir. Honest. "Oh God, make her stop," I certainly heard no one cry.
     
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  16. kabunaru thread starter Guest

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    Thanks to all. :)
    Sorry for the Welsh-English mix-up. :eek:
     
  17. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a

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    Apparently Britney Spears now has a British accent. I've heard it and it doesn't sound British to me (being British and all) but apparently it does to Americans.....

    I thought Madonna had lost the plot on accents but Britney is hilarious.
     
  18. OllyW Moderator

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    Even in Lancashire? ;)
     
  19. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    They may pretend otherwise, but deep down they can't help but respect you. ;)
     
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    You beat me to it! :D

    I do like people from Yorkshire though. I am from a Yorkshire family. My Uncle's farm has even been on Heartbeat lol :D
     
  21. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    Move there for several years.

    It's the " Total Immersion ".

    It's how I learned Korean, Spanish (Mexican flavor), and some Japanese.

    Dont get me mad, I start cursing in English and hit all those languages as well! :eek::D:D:D
     
  22. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    Practice saying aluminum with a British accent, its so hard. I say it mockingly occasionally but I really think its a lot more pleasant than the harsh american way of saying it.
     
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    It's aluminium :D
     
  24. yg17 macrumors G5

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    You can start by ending words that end with "a" with "er"

    Listen to Jeremy Clarkson, anytime he says "Honda" or "Idea" it sounds like he says "Honder" and "Idear". And in Oasis's Champagne Supernova, Liam says "Champagne supernover in the sky" :D
     
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    One of the more amusing moments I recall from Jeopardy involved a contestant identifying what the company name "Alcoa" stood for. The contestant, an American, decided to be clever and answer (er, ask) that it was the Aluminium Company of America. The judges denied him as Alcoa is an American company and can spell their proper name however they want.
     

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