London Estuary English accent

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Estuary English Accent

Estuary is a rather new accent term for the contemporary London sound that is a blend of RP and Cockney - it's sometimes called Mockney! It tends to sound like either a relaxed Standard British or rather posh Cockney. It's even spoken by Prime Ministers and members of the royal family!

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Contemporary Estuary Accent Learning Materials

  • The Estuary accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coaches Kate DeVore & Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, using the text, as well as a number of recordings of native speakers. You'll also hear bonus tracks of Jim leading you through a monologue using the accent and elaborating on the sound changes and the intonation.
  • You'll get four versions of the teaching 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. There are also transcriptions of all of the native speakers, included as PDFs.
  • Estuary began to be recognized as a specific accent in the mid-1980's. It's commonly considered a fairly hip accent, using many elements of RP along with some Cockney vowels and a number of elements of American speech.

Audio files in Three Volumes (246.8mb, 255 minutes)

Volume 1: Learning the Accent

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints for Estuary accents (4:17)
  2. Consonant sound changes for learning an Estuary English accent (10:39)
  3. Vowel sound changes for learning this contemporary London accent (8:20)
  4. changes to Diphthongs in an Estuary accent (4:58)
  5. Alternate Pronunciations for words when speaking an Estuary accent (3:03)
  6. Wrap up to Estuary accents for actors (1:19)
  7. Text Practice (13:58)
  8. Text Intonation (5:33)
  9. Text Example (1:34)
  10. Estuary Male reading phrases (4:33) some expletives
  11. 2nd Estuary Male reading phrases (5:01) some expletives

Volume 2: Recordings of Native Speakers 

  1. Twickenham Male conversation (2:55)
  2. London Male Teacher reading (:54)
  3. + his conversation (3:44)
  4. London Female Student reading (:54)
  5. + her conversation (3:49)
  6. Estuary Male DJ reading (1:30)
  7. + his conversation (5:11)
  8. London Female reading (1:28)
  9. + her conversation (almost St Brit, but a bit Americanized) (2:34)
  10. Canterbury Male reading (1:01)
  11. + his conversation (3:29)
  12. Estuary-accented Actress reading (1:05)
  13. + her conversation (5:31)
  14. Rugby Female reading (1:13)
  15. + her conversation (4:54)
  16. Liberian London Female reading (:59)
  17. + her conversation (7:15)
  18. Kent Male reading (1:12)
  19. + his conversation (2:49)
  20. Berkshire Female reading (1:42)
  21. + her conversation (7:17)
  22. Berkshire Male conversation (11:04)
  23. London Male conversation (5:25)
  24. Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire Male reading (1:15)
  25. + his conversation (3:37)
  26. Berkshire Female reading (1:10)
  27. + her conversation (1:42)
  28. Brighton Female reading (1:33)
  29. + her conversation (7:40)
  30. Cambridge Male reading (1:25)
  31. + his conversation (6:30)

Volume 3: More Recordings of Native Speakers

  1. Kent Female reading (1:17)
  2. + her conversation (7:11)
  3. Brighton Male reading (:59)
  4. + his conversation (2:57)
  5. Buckinghamshire Male reading (1:28)
  6. + his conversation (6:08)
  7. Cambridge Male reading (1:15)
  8. + his conversation (3:11)
  9. Colchester Essex Male reading (1:05)
  10. + his conversation (5:36)
  11. Richmond Female reading  (:59)
  12. + her conversation (4:56)
  13. Romford NE London Male reading (1:17)
  14. + his conversation (8:01)
  15. Bury St Edmunds Cambridgeshire Male reading (1:17)
  16. + his conversation (8:00)
  17. Essex Male reading (2:28)
  18. + his conversation (7:25)
  19. Essex Male reading (1:16)
  20. + his conversation (2:15)
  21. Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire Male reading (1:29)
  22. + his conversation (7:45)
  23. Reading Berkshire Male reading (1:38)
  24. + his conversation (8:47)

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.

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