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!
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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. Jim also leads you through applying the accent to a practice monologue.
- Numerous recordings of native speakers are included, along with a PDF transcript of their conversations so that you can follow along as you listen.
- You'll get a PDF of the teaching materials, plus three more formats of the book: a PDF file to print, 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.
- 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.
- All of the sound files are in MP3 format so that you can play them on your computer, load them onto your phone, or 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 (191.4 MB, 240 minutes)
Volume 1: Learning the Accent
- Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints (8:43)
- R Sounds in Standard British accents (9:29)
- Other Consonant Sounds (7:04)
- RP Vowels (16:45)
- Diphthongs in Standard British accents (6:52)
- Various Pronunciations for Words(4:13)
- Practice with Sound Changes using a monologue (14:58)
- Sound Change Practice Continued (12:43)
- Practice with Intonation & Placement (17:38)
- Demonstrations of the Practice Monologue (3:05)
Volume 2: Recordings of Native Speakers
- Sussex Female reading (1:26)
- + her conversation (2:58)
- London Male reading (:59)
- + his conversation (2:20)
- England Female reading (1:12)
- + her conversation (2:33)
- Brighton Male reading (1:25)
- + his conversation (5:13)
- Actor reading (1:42)
- + his conversation (6:05)
- Actress reading (1:22)
- + her conversation (7:15)
- London & Northumberland Female reading (1:27)
- + her conversation (2:00)
- Oxfordshire Male reading (1:15)
- + his conversation (8:06)
- Marlow Buckinghamshire Male reading (1:34)
- + his conversation (8:12)
- Brighton Female reading (1:38)
- + her conversation (2:25)
- Jersey Channel Islands Female reading (:57)
- + her conversation (1:31)
- Kent Male reading (1:20)
- + his conversation (9:58)
- London & Buckinghamshire Female reading (1:08)
- + her conversation (8:09)
- Bath Somerset Male reading (1:14)
- + his conversation (7:18)
- Chelsea Female reading (1:24)
- + her conversation (1:01)
Volume 3: More Recordings of Native Speakers
- Bath Somerset Male reading (1:07)
- + his conversation (2:47)
- Exeter Male reading (1:22)
- + his conversation (5:56)
- Buckinghamshire Male reading (1:01)
- + his conversation (14:05)
- Witney Male reading (1:20)
- + his conversation (11:38)
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.