In this video, I'll show you how to speak modern/contemporary RP and I'll give you lots of secrets so that you you can speak this up-to-date British accent.
This is really the third in my series of how to speak RP and posh English.
Check out the videos mentioned in this video so that you can catch up on and compare the other versions of RP. Links below.
How to speak posh & conservative RP - https://youtu.be/1KaXTasMTwo
How to speak posh & mainstream RP- https://youtu.be/XuhoDv8ViqE
Plus, an extra one how to speak posh and RP in films-
Also,find out more about the glottal stop here- https://youtu.be/6NGOKEIS4DE
And finally, check my video on Estuary English here-
So, in the video I'll give you not only secrets, but also a controversy - that is to say - should we or shouldn't we use this technique. Watch the video to find out what it is. Or can you guess?!
Now, in some places the video is a little technical with lots of phonemic symbols for the vowel and consonant sounds (it's the best way to show sounds), but if you not good with these symbols then just listen to me and then try and say the sounds yourself. I hope that the video also shows you how sounds have changed from conservative RP (like posh people used to speak) to contemporary RP (like we speak it today). Start speaking this accent and you'll surely sound like a (posh) Londoner.
Thanks and stay connected!
Hello, it's Jon your pronunciation and accents coach and right here you can get a better British accent.
You can get even a Royal accent. Today, we are talking about how to speak like the Royals in "The Crown" and just like a Royal in real life. Let's go... And don't forget to subscribe and hit the bell for notifications for future videos on accents.
I have four secrets that you could use to sound more
like a Royal.
Secret number one is learn individual words.
Josh O'Connor, who plays Prince Charles in "The Crown", he suggested if you want to say the word 'yes'like a royal you need to think of these so simply just say ears, ears, ears, Do you see? It sounds quite a lot like the word "yes".
Wilfred is back for this video and he will help us to pronounce some words to sound like a Royal. Wilfred are you there? Oh, hello Jon.
Yes, coming in loud and clear - the first one is
how to say the word "year" you have to say "yah" .
If you want to say the word "here" you have to say
"heyar" "heyar". To say the word "lucky" you say "lucke".
To say the word "experience" you say "experrrrience".
So the conclusion for learning the words of the Royal family is learn: the individual words and practice as much as possible, also trying to get the voices right as well.
Secret number two is - to focus on the vowel sounds.
For example, listen to these words and
their vowel sounds. "Hour" "hour" becomes "ah". "God" becomes "gawd". long so the "o" sound becomes "aww". I think one that a lot of people know is how the Queen and the Royal family say the word "often". And they say "orfen", "orfen" it's a very long sound like "orfen", almost like "awful".
"Home" becomes "hyome", "hyome" or something like that...
Also, "golden", "golden", "golden", I don't know why I just
sat up straight but it makes me feel better if I do this sitting up straight than slouching.
"Golden" and "no", "no". The Queen might ask Charles, "Charles would you like to play polo?" Because he loves polo. Oh yes. In fact, if you want to act like a Royal start playing polo! Secret number three is learn how to call your close friends and parents.
There's a lot of ways that the Royals use to call
each other, earlier in "The Crown" Charles answered the phone and Lord Mountbatten said, "oh hello dear boy" "dear boy" that's a good one. So we can use "dear boy". The other big one is how to call your parents - so posh people or the Royals especially use "mummy" and "daddy" to call their
parents "mummy" and "daddy" and it doesn't matter how old you are you can still say "mummy" and "daddy" for your mum and dad. I've also heard Charles say,"papa" for father, so the conclusion is it doesn't matter how old you are you can use them to the very end.
Now, number four was going to be do not
swear but then during my research I realized in fact, there is a little bit of swearing, so I would say instead of saying do not swear, I would say choose your (swear) words very carefully.
Now, Princess Diana she loved the word "gosh", "oh gosh", "another sapphire ring Charles, oh gosh". So, I would suggest using mild swear words or curses or expressions to vent your frustration. For example, Princess Anne, she was talking about paparazzi and she said they should "naff off" "naf off" and
of course, "naf off" means go away. So another one I've heard is well they like using hell, bloody and these kind of words as well, but they are still pretty mild right? So, the conclusion is mind your language if you want to be a Royal.
In fact, in any of the series I've never heard the Queen curse. Whether she does in real life is a different story. So, finally has the Queen's accent
changed over the years - the simple answer is yes! She's adjusted her language and she's basically moved with the times and she wants to move away from a conservative RP accent to more mainstream
RP accent to sound less Posh and less elite.
Which you do if you still have this conservative
RP accent. And if you want to learn much more about the conservative RP accent, you can watch my video how to speak Posh and RP conservative RP up here.
If you want to find out more about how to speak
mainstream RP you can look at this video here. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial on how to speak Posh and RP just like the Royals in "The Crown" and of course, this is really how we speak in real life too you know and that's
it for today.
All I have to say now is who is your favorite Royal maybe comment in the comments below,who your favorite Royal is. Have you seen "The Crown" maybe and what did you think of it? as well.
That's all for today thank you very much and stay connected! You can watch more videos here by just clicking on the links and don't forget to subscribe if you haven't already.
Hello it’s Jon, your pronunciation and accents coach and right here you can get a better (1980s) British accent.
If you have ever been to London, you might have heard a ‘posh’ London accent. Now, the posh accent can take on many forms and today we are looking at a rather interesting version of Posh pronunciation called Sloane-speak. So, we are heading back to the glitz and glamour of 1980s London (Sloane Square, Chelsea and the best street in Monopoly - Mayfair) as we try and answer the question - why did posh people speak funny in the 1980s?
Now, firstly to speak Sloane-Speak, you need to pick a side as a Sloane Ranger (female) or a Hooray Henry (which is the male version).
So, originally, it was the language of the young, well-educated, middle or upper classes, influenced by the early 80s young Royals, including Lady Diana Spencer. There was even a handbook called ‘The Sloane Ranger Handbook’ and on its front cover it advises you to:
‘ ‘Put the ‘great’ in Great Britain, the hooray into Henry and live either in the country or Kensington Square.’
What are some of the features and characteristics of Sloane Speak?
Well, firstly, I think it’s fair to say that it is highly pretentious. People know exactly who you are or want to be when they hear you.
There are two words often associated with this speech, and they are ‘yah’ and ‘rah’. ‘Yah’ or ‘Ok Yah’ means yes or you are agreeing with someone. A ‘Rah’ is simply a young, upper class person. With this ‘ah’ sound you need to look like this ‘rather’.
Vowel sounds are from the back of the throat and mostly longer such as:
Really sounds more like rarely
But completely has a heightened ‘ee’ sound
And very importantly - the word Sloane has a heightened ‘o’ sound and the vowels are done very expressively with a nice open mouth.
‘Sloane Street Darling.
It’s quite expressive and the preference was for some good old-fashioned ‘frightfully’ and ‘dreadfully’. Just like in old films. That’s ‘frightfully good of you’, ‘I’m dreadfully sorry’ . Very dramatic!
You can also start a sentence or question with ‘I say….’ you have something important to say, and Sloanes use the phrase ‘such a’
‘Oh he’s really such a bore.’
But, swear words are mild, use ‘gosh’ and ‘bloody’ to show surprise or frustration.
So, as you can hear it has links to early or mid century RP because Sloanes wanted to imitate aspects of their parents' speech.
However, to show how modern they were, there is one accent feature that was starting to become popular at the time.
This is when the use of the glottal stop appeared in Posh Speak and paved the way for a slightly more modern version of Posh.
It’s a very subtle use of the glottal stop , for example,
Oh darling, what I really want is a holiday in Chamonix.
Plus, the use of short forms is creates some interesting variations on words, especially for their favourite London department stores:
Harvey Nicks is the short form for Harvey Nichols, Rods is short for Harrods and my personal favourite - Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly was known as Freds.
They would also borrow specific words, such as ‘yonks’ which means a very long time ago.
I haven’t been to ‘Rods for yonks.
So, what became of this accent?
Well, it was simply too pretentious for the 90s, but it turns out that the Sloanes were simply hibernating. More recently, boosted by the series ‘The Crown’, the sons and daughters of the original Sloanes have been out and about, with different attitudes. The language and accent have been updated as well, and in a future video I’ll talk about a version of the posh accent that some people speak today.
And that’s it for today - thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed the trip back to the 80s and don’t forget to like the video and subscribe to my channel for more accent videos.
Bye, bye and stay connected!
Another glass of champers, darling?
Oh no, I can’t.
Oh don’t be a frightful bore.
Oh, Ok ya. Go on then.
Hello! Today we are talking about posh words in films and their modern English equivalents.
If you've seen my other video on how to speak with a posh accent (link in the description) then you will understand that some ways of speaking are a bit...old-fashioned, right?
So, how do you find out how people used to speak many years ago,and the kinds of words, phrases and accents they had? Through films of course. And how do you find out what kind of language people are using today?
By subscribing to my channel so that you can get a better British accent.
Now, after watching hours of old films, I have come up with a selection of words and phrases that were cool to use then, but not really today.
Most of these phrases come from the film ‘The Dambusters’, which is a classic British film World War 2 film about bombing dams with bouncing bombs. There is a link to the film from Amazon UK in the description below.
Here is the link to the film Brief Encounter mentioned in the video:
Here is the link yo Kind Hearts and Coronets Trailer mentioned in the video:
Here is the link to the trailer of The English Game - available on Netflix:
Now,a note about these words and phrases - some of them are still used today, but it is the combination of accent, intonation and meaning that makes them unusual or old-fashioned today. We can use a Conservative RP accent from my friend Wilfred to represent the old-fashioned phrases, and my regular accent for the modern equivalents.
So chock’s away (that means something can start).
Splendid is a positive reaction and in modern British means excellent, great, or very good.
Extraordinarily good of you means extremely or very good of you.
Marvellous means extremely good or great.
It's a devil The noise of those bombs is a devil
: when something is irritating or annoying
and if you want say:
Yes it is rather , then yes it is quite irritating.
Spiffing is informal old-fashioned British English for very good Could be used with something like, ‘that’s spiffing, dear boy’ (Wilfred) (boy actually meaning man).
Frightfully means very, You often used to hear, ‘that’s frightfully good of you’.(Wilfred)
Come come now, means either that you were telling someone not to be worried, or that you can't believe what the other person is saying. It’s like saying ‘don’t be silly’.
And, a jolly good fellow or chap is a very good man or guy.
One last phrase - can you think of any blockbuster films? You know, films with big budgets and special effects? Why not write a blockbuster film title in the comments below?
Now, a blockbuster was a type of bomb used in WW2 that was so powerful that it could blow up a whole neighbourhood block. (Bomb explosion)
So that’s it for today, I hope you had a frightfully good time.
Remember to share the video with your jolly good friends.
And stay connected!
AUSTRALIAN vs BRITISH ACCENTS - Different Types & Sounds+ Typical Slang Expressions!
Everybody loves gold, right? From the Gold Coast of Australia to the shimmering gold of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.
Hello it's Jon your pronunciation and accents coach and right here you can get a better British accent. Yes, today we are looking at the British vs Australian (or Aussie) accents through slang and everyday expressions. Plus, at the end of the video I’ll show you my Top TV Tip. Here’s a clue - I’ve already mentioned it - but alright I’ll show you my TV tip at the end.
Now, today I really want to focus on slang and everyday expressions as there are some really interesting similarities and differences between British and Australian slang as you’ll find out.First though, let’s take a look at the different kinds of accents on offer.
There are three main Australian accents: the most popular is the General Australian English (spoken by someone like Hugh Jackman) and as the name suggests it’s standard or general, Then you have the broad Australian accent - just like Steve Irwin spoke or someone who’s spent a lot time in the Outback or the bush) and you have the Cultivated Australian accent which is a bit like Mainstream RP or even the Transatlantic accent (like the actors Geoffrey Rush or Cate Blanchett speak. On the British side, I’ll be speaking in my regular Southern British English (SBE) which is pretty standard I would say.. If you want to find out more about British accents then I have done plenty of other British accent videos - check the links in the description.
So, a feature of accent that clearly separates them are the vowel sounds. The general rule is in Australian English - the longer and more diphthong-like the vowel sound - the broader the accent. In broad Australian English you get these long vowel sounds which are much looser than in British English. Think of the very word Australian and you can hear the difference.
By the way, you could hit the like button if you love the Australian accent and Australia, just like I do!
I’m going to show you the Australian expression on one side and the British equivalent or what I would say on the other side. Plus, I’ll give you some context where necessary. I’ll try my best at the Aussie accent as well. Alright?
So let’s kick off with the greetings. When Australians say g’day, I might say hello, alright?
When an Australian says mate - I might also say mate or matey. Pretty similar right? Plus, the similarities between both places is that it is very colloquial. So, don’t say it unless you really know someone well.
You could combine the two phrases and say g’day mate in Australian or alright mate in British English.
When an Australian says bloody oath! I might say too right! This is used to agree with someone.
When an Australian says It’s a ripper! I might say It’s a beauty! Let’s say you are digging for gold and you find the gold nugget that you’ve been longing for. Then you could say, it’s a ripper or it’s a beauty!
Fair dinkum! In Australian English means the real deal or genuine. I might say the real McCoy - like ‘that fortune teller is the real McCoy’.
When an Australian says far out! They mean something is great, unbelievable.This is an interesting one as it apparently comes from the jazz world and then entered the surfers vocabulary. In British English you can say something is bonkers.
No worries -and it means no problem or that’s alright. Australians love saying this one! I would probably say ‘ don’t worry about it’.
Rack off - in Australian English basically means - go away! A good British equivalent is bugger off.
Tucker - in Australian English means food. Now because it’s informal the British equivalent could be nosh. E.g. ‘I’ve bought lots of nice nosh for tonight’
Crickey is Australian for being surprised. I might say - Blimey, look out!” but we also do use crickey in British English with the same meaning..
Reckon - is used in Australian English to mean I think. It’s also used the same way in British English. You could say ‘I reckon Youtube will just keep on growing’.
Mozzie is what Australians call a mosquito.
Now, as you can see here Australians like to shorten their words by changing the ending of the word.
Some other examples are -Australians would say barbie, whereas I would say barbeque. There is also Brekky for breakfast and biccy for biscuit.
We also have arvo in Australian English whereas I would say afternoon. And Australians could also say defo where I would simply say definately.
So, you can see that there is a lack of formality running through Australian expressions to make them easier to say but also less formal.
Dunny - in Australian English is the toilet. I could say loo (neutral) or bog (slang).
And finally, how can we miss bloody or bloody? We both love this expression to emphasis what we are saying. That’s bloody great - bloody Nora.
Top TV Tip
Alright , now my top TV tip today is a really interesting reality series called Aussie Gold Hunters. It’s a fascinating look at gold prospectors who are in search of that elusive gold nugget. Now, these aren’t city types so you will hear a pretty broad Australian accent and loads of the expressions we have done today were featured in the series. I literally dug out these slang phrases from the series.
If you want to see what life in the deep Australian bush is like then go and check out Aussie Gold Diggers, available on the Discovery Channel and Netflix. Link to the trailer as always in the description below.
And my friends, that’s it for today I hope you had a whale of a time and do comment on anything connected with today’s video. I’d love to hear from you.
But for now stay connected and have a bloody good time. See you!
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