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Standard British Accent (RP)

When someone uses the generic term "British accent" they're probably referring to this upper-class accent! Standard British - RP - should be in every actor's toolkit. It also has a huge influence of accents around the world because when people around the world learn English, chances are they’re learning this!


Standard British - RP Accent Learning Materials

  • The Standard British accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coaches Kate DeVore and Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, using the text, as well as a number of recordings of native speakers. Jim gathered most of these recordings through rehearsals with British actors or during trips to England - bringing the experience back to you in this download.
  • You'll get four versions of the written materials: a PDF file to print or read on a standard computer, a large-format PDF for portable reading devices, and MOBI for Kindle and EPUB for other portable readers.
  • This accent is appropriate for productions of various plays by Noel Coward and GB Shaw and also more contemporary, plays. It has a number of names: Standard British, Standard English, Received Pronunciation, RP, Queen's English, BBC English - but they're all roughly referring to the same accent.
  • This download includes BONUS tracks of coach Jim Johnson leading you through a practice monologue in RP.
  • Standard British is commonly associated with upper-class and older speakers. Today, even some members of the royal family sometimes speak in an Estuary accent, which is more of a blend of RP and London Cockney accents.

Audio files (77.1MB, 80 minutes)

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation and Helpful Hints for learning a Standard English accent (4:37)
  2. Consonant sound changes for speaking with a Received Pronunciation accent (8:34)
  3. Vowel sound changes for RP accents (7:40)
  4. changes to Diphthongs for speaking with a Standard British accent (1:52)
  5. Alternate Pronunciations for words and names when speaking with a Received Pronunciation accent (3:01)
  6. Wrap up on learning an RP accent (1:16)
  7. Female Actress reading with a Received Pronunciation accent (1:12)
  8. + her conversation (2:57)
  9. Male Opera Fan reading with a Standard British accent (:59)
  10. + his conversation (2:22)
  11. Female Theatre Goer reading with a Standard English accent (1:12)
  12. + her conversation (2:32)
  13. Brighton Male reading with a contemporary Standard British accent (1:25)
  14. + his conversation (5:11)
  15. Actor reading in a fast-paced RP accent (1:44)
  16. + his conversation (6:05)
  17. Actress reading in Received Pronunciation (1:23)
  18. + her conversation (7:14)
  19. BONUS Practice Monologue (11:28)
  20. BONUS Practice Intonation (6:23)
  21. BONUS Monologue Performance (1:20)

Most of these recordings are made "in the field" so you will hear such things as birds, cars or other people in the background. A transcription of the conversations is included to help you follow along.