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  • Hello and welcome to British English with Joel & Lia. Today's video is all

  • about BBC English so sometimes referred to as RP English, Received Pronunciation

  • or BBC English which is the way everyone used to speak on the BBC way back when

  • so in this video we're gonna talk you through three features of BBC English in

  • the second part of the video we're gonna explain that this is no longer really a

  • common way of speaking in the UK or in London but you can absolutely use these

  • features if you're learning a BBC accent for perhaps an acting role or

  • just out of interest and we're gonna just talk a little bit about what people

  • in the UK think about BBC English so here we go the first feature of RP or

  • BBC English is the 'u' sound such as the word Duke or during so in contemporary

  • London English we would probably say during or during which is 'djuring'

  • or Duke (juke) the Duke of Edinburgh had a great time during his trip to London

  • which is perfectly fine but it's not technically correct and not correct in

  • the BBC English accent so we're taking away the 'j' sound and we're just saying D

  • U next to each other during Duke so it might be really hard to hear maybe you

  • can't hear the difference but certainly when you speak to someone

  • who's very much old school RP and you hear them say during or duke

  • and often these people are a lot older and they will correct you if they hear

  • you say juke they'll say it's Duke yeah similarly I had a teacher tell me

  • it's tissue not tiss(h)ue and the same with the word issue instead of I said

  • what's your iss(h)ue so you know there's like there's no correct way to

  • say it both are acceptable it's just that if you are trying to learn a BBC

  • English accent for whatever reason it's these tiny tiny things that will

  • make the difference the next one is to do with stress placement in words like

  • cigarette so the correct way of saying cigarette in an RP accent would be

  • cigarette in the same way that you would say laundrette not laundrette yeah

  • cigarette, laundrette it's cigarette laundrette hmm it's a very silly thing

  • it's a tiny tiny thing but again if you want to do a BBC English accent it should

  • be cigarette not cigarette it's just it's just stupid, it's a really silly thing and don't feel you have to speak like this if

  • you're learning British English if you're learning British English then

  • you're in the right place because our channel is actually about how people speak

  • in 2017 that are sort of our age if you're

  • looking for a TV programme perhaps to help you with BBC English I might recommend I

  • might recommend that you watch something like Mr. Selfridge where most of the

  • actors speak with BBC English because it's set in Selfridges an English department

  • store back in the... when it opened so ages ago yeah definitely or The Crown on

  • Netflix which is a series all about the Royal family and when the Queen was

  • younger so of course they've all got BBC English accents so it's a really good

  • one as well yeah so the third example that we found for sort of tweaking this

  • BBC English sound that you might be going for is the T U sound after

  • each other so similarly to the D U sounds from Duke and during we've got

  • the TU sound in words like tuna instead of t(ch)una what we would say or

  • Tuesday instead of a T(cho)uesday or I'm getting on the tube

  • instead of I'm getting on the t(ch)ube or I'm watching YouT(ch)ube you should say I'm watching

  • YouTube I'm watching YouTube which sounds so weird to us. it almost sounds

  • American, like if you really really listen, I'm watching YouTube and that's probably

  • quite important that's how it differs to American if you really listen they would

  • say YouTube but we would say tube so we've got a slight it's called a

  • diphthong where you go from one sound to the other tube instead of tube it's like

  • you're dipping, you're actually dipping your tongue. So instead of tube

  • it's tube. Thank you linguistics expert Joel. Clapping myself. I've got a cough, I'm sorry

  • I've been coughing all the way through this

  • Thank you. You're welcome.

  • He doesn't like to be touched. You're fine.

  • this video isn't saying that you should speak like this it's simply to help you

  • learn a BBC accent if you're perhaps going for an acting role or you're just

  • trying to learn it out of interest yeah this is how some people still speak and

  • it's useful for you to get some context in how British English was pronounced

  • back in the day to how it is now it's just good to get that a little bit of

  • history I think hmm people are still talking about this because very recently

  • in the news a guy who works on a mainstream show he

  • works for the BBC he announces the lottery so in September of this year it

  • kicked off people were phoning up and complaining about a guy who works on

  • mainstream television because he pronounces the 'th' sound 'f' so he replaced

  • his words like Funderball instead of Thunderball. Or Free instead of Three

  • and people were phoning up and complaining and radio stations were

  • talking about this and there was an article in The Guardian where he sort of

  • told his story we'll link it in the description it's really interesting to read

  • that there's people out there which are called prescriptivists

  • prescriptivists who still care that people who are on television don't speak

  • the way they used to fifty years ago yeah it's just silly it's just really

  • stupid most people are like us which are called descriptivists where we

  • just think there's no right or wrong ray.... *making fun of Joel's mistake* descriptivists

  • think that there is no right or wrong way to speak the way that everyone

  • speaks is perfectly valid and we are just describing the way that people

  • speak which is what we do on our channel yeah whereas prescriptivists will say

  • that is wrong this is the right way and it's just totally stupid. it's only a

  • very small proportion and again it tends to be older people. I just noticed the

  • word stupid I've just s(h)tupid that's another one in BBC English would be

  • stupid yeah stupid so TU in like tuna and tube

  • stupid so you've just you gotta just sort of accept it this is the way the

  • older generation usually tend to be and this association comes with sort of like

  • people that are on television have gone to a private school have been educated

  • in say Eton or Cambridge, Oxford but it's not true and there's so much

  • diversity now in the UK on TV and mainstream media there's no correct way

  • to be this is just what's happening. Definitely, I think we said it at the

  • beginning but just to reiterate people used to only be able to get a job with

  • the BBC if they had the BBC English accent whereas now you get people with

  • all sorts of regional accents on the BBC so it's just not a thing anymore it's

  • just a silly attitude to have and it will probably work in your favour if you

  • don't have a BBC accent because they're trying to move away from that old-school

  • mentality and just bring other people onto the platform whether it's the way

  • you speak or the way you look so yeah diversity is king gotta tick that diversity box

  • Tick that ethnic box. Greek! Did I mention I'm Greek? Give me a

  • job. Give US a job! Connected to a Greek exactly... I'm a male and white so it's not really um

  • and RP... not really diverse. So fingers crossed for Joel Wood everyone!

  • anyway that's it for today's video if you enjoyed it don't forget to give us a

  • thumbs up and if you did find it useful if you're working on a BBC English accent

  • let us know if you found it useful in the comments yeah and don't

  • forget to follow our social media as well we're @JoelandLia on Instagram

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