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Estuary English Accent

Estuary is an accent of the contemporary London sound, as well as the South of England overall. It's a blend of RP and Cockney - sometimes called Mockney. It tends to sound like either a relaxed Standard British or rather posh Cockney.

$30.00

Contemporary London Estuary Accent Learning Materials

  • The Estuary accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coaches Jim Johnson & Kate DeVore guiding you through learning the accent, including leading you through a practice monologue using the accent. 
  • You'll get hours of recordings of native speakers, along with a PDF transcript of their conversations so that you can follow along.
  • You'll get a PDF 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 transcripts 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 the modern London and SE England accent, using many elements of RP along with some Cockney vowels and a number of elements of American speech.
  • All of the sound files are in MP3 format so that you can play them on your computer, load them onto your phone, or even burn them to a CD.
  • You'll receive a link via email so that you can download all of the materials as ZIP files directly to your computer.
  • You'll also get future updates for free! (last update: 2020)
5% of all profits from these materials go to diversity scholarships for actors at the University of Houston.

Listen to a Sample!

Audio files in Three Volumes (319.6mb, 419 minutes)

Volume 1: Learning the Accent

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints (12:43)
  2. R Sounds in Estuary accents (8:53)
  3. More Consonant Sound Changes (16:06)
  4. Vowel Sound Changes (16:50)
  5. Diphthongs in an Estuary accent (7:17)
  6. Alternate Pronunciations for Words (2:30)
  7. Practice Sentences (3:38)
  8. Monologue Sound Practice part 1 (9:51)
  9. Monologue Sound Practice part 2 (11:42)
  10. Monologue Sound Practice part 3 (8:17)
  11. Monologue Placement & Intonation (10:06)
  12. Monologue Examples (2:54)

Volume 2: Recordings of Native Speakers

  1. Twickenham Male conversation (2:55)
  2. London Male Teacher reading (:54)
  3. + his conversation (3:45)
  4. London Female Student reading (:54)
  5. + her conversation (3:47)
  6. Estuary Male DJ reading (1:29)
  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 (5:29)
  14. Rugby Female reading (1:09)
  15. + her conversation (4:53)
  16. Liberian London Female reading (:59)
  17. + her conversation (7:16)
  18. Kent Male reading (1:12)
  19. + his conversation (2:49)
  20. Berkshire Female reading (1:41)
  21. + her conversation (7:18)
  22. Berkshire Male conversation (11:05)
  23. London Male conversation (5:20)
  24. Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire Male reading (1:11)
  25. + his conversation (3:37)
  26. Berkshire Female reading (1:07)
  27. + her conversation (1:40)
  28. Brighton Female reading (1:31)
  29. + her conversation (7:37)
  30. Cambridge Male reading (1:20)
  31. + his conversation (6:32)

Volume 3: More Recordings of Native Speakers

  1. Kent Female reading (1:15)
  2. + her conversation (7:11)
  3. Brighton Male reading (:59)
  4. + his conversation (2:58)
  5. Buckinghamshire Male reading (1:28)
  6. + his conversation (6:08)
  7. Cambridge Male reading (1:14)
  8. + his conversation (3:10)
  9. Colchester Essex Male reading (1:05)
  10. + his conversation (5:36)
  11. Richmond Female reading (:59)
  12. + her conversation (4:57)
  13. Romford NE London Male reading (1:18)
  14. + his conversation (8:01)
  15. Bury St Edmunds Cambridgeshire Male reading (1:16)
  16. + his conversation (8:01)
  17. Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire Male reading (1:28)
  18. + his conversation (7:46)
  19. Essex Male reading (1:15)
  20. + his conversation (2:16)
  21. Harrow NW London Female reading (1:05)
  22. + her conversation (2:19)
  23. South End Kent Male reading (1:20)
  24. + his conversation (3:18)
  25. Essex Male reading (1:46)
  26. + his conversation (7:25)
  27. + reading phrases (4:32)
  28. Reading Berkshire Male reading (1:37)
  29. + his conversation (8:47)
  30. + reading phrases (5:00)

Volume 4: More Recordings of Native Speakers

  1. Dagenham East London Male reading (1:23)
  2. + his conversation (2:06)
  3. Wembley Male reading (1:09)
  4. + his conversation (3:38)
  5. London Male reading (1:28)
  6. + his conversation (4:24)
  7. Henley-on-Thames Male reading (1:13)
  8. + his conversation (3:16)
  9. Exmouth Male reading (1:16)
  10. + his conversation (4:20)
  11. Ilford Essex Male reading (1:22)
  12. + his conversation (2:29)
  13. Kent Male reading (1:13)
  14. + his conversation (1:05)
  15. Alton Hampshire Male reading (1:19)
  16. + his conversation (2:46)
  17. Bratton Wiltshire Male reading (1:15)
  18. + his conversation (2:38)
  19. Brighton Male reading (1:00)
  20. + his conversation (1:22)
  21. Eastbourne East Sussex Male reading (1:21)
  22. + his conversation (7:23)
  23. Great Sampford Essex Female reading (1:16)
  24. + her conversation (3:08)
  25. Kent Female reading (1:59)
  26. + her conversation (7:49)
  27. Ramsgate Kent Male reading (1:36)
  28. + his conversation (7:47)
  29. Isle of Wight Male reading (1:21)
  30. + his conversation (3:25)

Volume 5: More Recordings of Native Speakers

  1. Surrey Male reading (:42)
  2. + his conversation (2:40)
  3. Surrey Male conversation (2:40)
  4. South London Female reading (1:09)
  5. + her conversation (5:40)
  6. Buckinghamshire Female reading (:57)
  7. + her conversation (3:50)

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.