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  • Hello, I'm Gareth Jameson! I'm an actor and a voice coach from

  • Here are some tips for working on your voice. Now, you might want to do a British accent

  • because you're in a play, or maybe you want to impress your friends or maybe you want

  • to fit in better in the UK. Whatever the reason, playing with accents is a great way to work

  • out your voice and speech.

  • Now, the key to every accent is to isolate the sounds that are specific to that accent.

  • So we're going to start with the British "r" sound. Now, when I'm saying "British" ,

  • I actually mean the sounds used in the very south part of England, the received pronunciation

  • accent you might hear on the BBC.

  • So let's look at this sentence: "Are there more birds?" Are there more birds? Despite

  • there being an "r" ---letter r--- in all of those words, you don't hear the "r" sound.

  • Are there more birds? Now change it to "Are there any birds?" Suddenly, you hear the "r"

  • at the word, at the end of the word, "there." Are there any birds? That's because we've

  • put an "any" , which has a vowel sound at the beginning.

  • Are there any birds? Now listen to these: daughter, brother, shopper. Don't make the

  • mistake of having a big, huge vowel sound at the end of those words: daughter, brother,

  • shopper. A lot of people trying a British accent do that.

  • You need a tiny sound. Daughter, brother, shopper. Now, another feature of this British

  • accent is that we have different vowel sounds for "hot" and "dog" than we do in "talk" and

  • "law." That's "hot dog" and "talk, law."

  • Try this sentence out: "Do you talk froth or are hot dogs against the law?" My final

  • tip for this British accent is for you to make sure you keep your vowel sounds very

  • small when they're short vowels. So that's "pit" , "put" , "pet" , "pat" , "putt" and "pot"

  • Notice also there's very precise "p" s and "t" s.

  • We don't want "pit" , "pot" ----keep it really tight. We want them "pit" , "put" , "pet"

  • "pat", "putt" , "pot" . That's only a few features form the British accent---of course, there

  • are many more and what I'm saying doesn't apply to every speaker of a British accent.

  • If you want to find out more about accents and how you can look after your voice and

  • speech, go to "" .

Hello, I'm Gareth Jameson! I'm an actor and a voice coach from

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