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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 many 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 for learning the accent: 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. You'll also get a PDF of the transcriptions of the native speakers so that you can follow along with their conversations.
  • 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 in Two Volumes (142.5 MB, 139 minutes)

Volume 1: Learning the Accent

  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 (7:50)
  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. Practice with Sound Changes using a monologue (11:28)
  8. Practice with Intonation & Placement (6:23)
  9. Demonstration of the Practice Monologue (1:20)

Volume 2: Recordings of Native Speakers in RP/Standard British

  1. Sussex Female reading (1:27)
  2. + her conversation (2:58)
  3. London Male reading (1:00)
  4. + his conversation (2:21)
  5. England Female reading (1:13)
  6. + her conversation (2:33)
  7. Brighton Male reading (1:25)
  8. + his conversation (5:12)
  9. Actor reading (1:45)
  10. + his conversation (6:07)
  11. Actress reading (1:24)
  12. + her conversation (7:15)
  13. London & Northumberland Female reading (1:28)
  14. + her conversation (2:01)
  15. Oxfordshire Male reading (1:16)
  16. + his conversation (8:07)
  17. Marlow Buckinghamshire Male reading (1:37)
  18. + his conversation (8:11)
  19. Brighton Female reading (1:40)
  20. + her conversation (2:27)
  21. Jersey Channel Islands Female reading (:58)
  22. + her conversation (1:30)
  23. Kent Male reading (1:20)
  24. + his conversation (9:57)
  25. London & Buckinghamshire Female reading (1:09)
  26. + her conversation (8:12)
  27. Bath & Somerset Male reading (1:15)
  28. + his conversation (7:19)

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.