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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!

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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

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation, and Helpful Hints (8:43)
  2. R Sounds in Standard British accents (9:29)
  3. Other Consonant Sounds (7:04)
  4. RP Vowels (16:45)
  5. Diphthongs in Standard British accents (6:52)
  6. Various Pronunciations for Words(4:13)
  7. Practice with Sound Changes using a monologue (14:58)
  8. Sound Change Practice Continued (12:43)
  9. Practice with Intonation & Placement (17:38)
  10. Demonstrations of the Practice Monologue (3:05)

Volume 2: Recordings of Native Speakers

  1. Sussex Female reading (1:26)
  2. + her conversation (2:58)
  3. London Male reading (:59)
  4. + his conversation (2:20)
  5. England Female reading (1:12)
  6. + her conversation (2:33)
  7. Brighton Male reading (1:25)
  8. + his conversation (5:13)
  9. Actor reading (1:42)
  10. + his conversation (6:05)
  11. Actress reading (1:22)
  12. + her conversation (7:15)
  13. London & Northumberland Female reading (1:27)
  14. + her conversation (2:00)
  15. Oxfordshire Male reading (1:15)
  16. + his conversation (8:06)
  17. Marlow Buckinghamshire Male reading (1:34)
  18. + his conversation (8:12)
  19. Brighton Female reading (1:38)
  20. + her conversation (2:25)
  21. Jersey Channel Islands Female reading (:57)
  22. + her conversation (1:31)
  23. Kent Male reading (1:20)
  24. + his conversation (9:58)
  25. London & Buckinghamshire Female reading (1:08)
  26. + her conversation (8:09)
  27. Bath Somerset Male reading (1:14)
  28. + his conversation (7:18)
  29. Chelsea Female reading (1:24)
  30. + her conversation (1:01)

Volume 3: More Recordings of Native Speakers

  1. Bath Somerset Male reading (1:07)
  2. + his conversation (2:47)
  3. Exeter Male reading (1:22)
  4. + his conversation (5:56)
  5. Buckinghamshire Male reading (1:01)
  6. + his conversation (14:05)
  7. Witney Male reading (1:20)
  8. + 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.