Learning British UK Accent (RP): 05/01/2011 - 06/01/2011

Do you need help with your British Accent Telephone Voice?

If you use the phone to communicate with clients and colleagues then the

Ultimate RP British accent Learning Resource

can help you! If you need to use an authentic RP British accent speaking voice on the phone and you’re looking for some help to improve your phone voice then look no further.

The Ultimate RP British Accent Learning Resource includes a training module devoted to telephone conversation practice and learning some common telephone phrases and vocabulary. Many employees at BPO organisations often use the telephone as the primary method of communication with their international clients and customers. Speaking in a confident, fluent RP British accent can help improve the telephone experience and ensure clear and accurate communication. If you would like some help to practice your telephone RP British accent then consider purchasing the


Ultimate RP British Accent Learning

Resource. Its available as an instant digital download (both audio and video files) for £29.99.



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How To Use The Ultimate RP British Accent Learning Resource…..

If you’ve just downloaded the

Ultimate RP British Accent Learning resource

, then you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of different audio and video training modules.

Where should you start?

Is there a particular way to navigate around the training package?

Well, in short there is no right or wrong way to learn from the Ultimate RP British Accent. You are free to start with whichever module takes your fancy or whatever area of study interests you at that particular point in time. It’s important to remember – this is your property for ever! There’s no need to rush through it and attempt to cover each topic right away. Feel free to take your time and revisit each and every one of the modules whenever you need to. However, if you would like a short guide to start you on your learning journey, then this is my suggestion as to how you might approach the Ultimate RP British Accent Learning Resource.


Firstly, I think the key modules to help you speak with an RP British accent is to learn to pronounce each of the individual sounds that make up the RP British accent. So I would suggest to begin with looking at The Sounds In The British Accent MP4 video. You could download the mp3 audio file on your mp3 player so you can listen to it during the day at those times when you’re not at your computer (while you’re commuting to work, walking the dog, at the gym etc ) This presentation is a good grounding in the different vowel and consonant sounds and so many of my British accent subscribers have been in touch with me to tell me how useful they’ve found this presentation and how much their British accent has improved because if it!

Also take a look at the Spoken Sounds Mp4 video. This is video footage to show you a close up of how the mouth, tongue, lips look like when you make these different sounds. This should give you a good point of reference to make sure you’re placing your mouth in a similar position to produce the correct sounds.

If you need more practice to get these sounds just right, then why not go to the mp3 Extra Vocab practice files. Each mp3 covers 100’s of sample Vocab which demonstrate a particular vowel or consonant sound. They’re divided into Affricates, Dipthongs, Fricatives (Parts one and two), Laterals, Plosions, Nasal Consonents, Semi-vowels, Short vowels and Long Vowels. These are great mp3s to dip into just to listen, copy and practice the different type of sounds using everyday vocabularly.

Once you’re feeling more confident with the Sounds of the british accent, then why not move onto the Verb section. This module covers the Top 300 verbs used in English. Not only can you practice your accent, you will also become more familiar with the verbs that you’ll be using when speaking and writing in English.

After the Top 300 Verbs section, why not move onto the top 500 common words with sentences. Again this will help familiarise yourself with common English words, their spelling, usage, as well as their correct pronunciation.

Now you’re confident with using the words in isolation, lets now look at putting them together and becoming confident speakers and conversationists. If you use the telephone a lot, then why not look through the telephone vocab and conversations module. For more general, everyday situations –take a look at the 40 Conversations module. A role-play video and audio which covers scenerios found in everyday life.

This may also be a good moment to listen to the Connected Speech module. This module focuses on how words and sounds change when used in natural, fluent speech.

The final three modules : 100 English Phrases and Sayings , Mispronounced Words and Industry Vocab – are designed to be more of a reference resource rather than a step-by-step training manual. These are modules that you will probably ‘dip into ‘ when you have a specific question that relating to these areas. However, this shouldn’t stopping you listening to each of the modules from start to finish as extra vocab and listening exercises.

I do hope this general guide is of help to you. Remember, this is only my thoughts, and you’re free to use the learning resource in any way you wish.

I hope you’re finding the Ultimate RP British Accent Learning Resource helpful, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for more training updates when they come available:


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New Study of Phonemes Sheds Light on the Roots and Origins of Language

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For centuries, linguists have examined a host of components within language to attempt to trace its roots and place its origins. While language is nearly as old as the people who speak it—or at least began to emerge some 50,000 years ago when human beings dispersed from Africa and spread throughout the globe— few linguistic remnants have been found that would date back further than 7,000-10,000 years. A new study conducted by psychologist Quentin Atkinson of the University of Auckland and published in the journal Science breaks language down into its smallest components, phonemes, in attempts to shed light on the birthplace of speech. His findings may well represent a breakthrough in historical linguistics, as they reconstruct the potential evolution of language before 10,000 years ago.

Historically, linguists track the evolution of language through grammatical and syntactical structure—words and sentences rather than morphemes and phonemes. Readily-traceable linguistic evolution—like the English word "brother" from the Latin frater and the Greek phrater before it—takes us back approximately 6,500 years, while phonemic change—like the one-letter meaning shift from "lip" to "rip" to "sip"—can go back much further.

Dr. Atkinson’s study applies a mathematical model to plot 504 languages around the world according to their distance from Africa and their phonemic variation. The study posited 2,560 potential points of origin and tested all of them for how well they corresponded with decreases in phonemic variation. If his thesis was correct, then phonemic variation—like genetic variation—would decrease the further populations were from their African source. Such a pattern was noted: African languages showed the most diversity, with some click-using languages having upwards of 100 distinct phonemes, while more distant points like South America and the islands of the Pacific showed the least—between 10 and 30. More specifically, the results imply that the earliest traces of language can be found in southwestern Africa. While the study is being hotly-contested by numerous linguists, its findings lay a substantial foundation for further research into the origins of language.

Further Reading:

Phonetic Clues Hint Language Is Africa-Born
Babel or babble?

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In answer to Sneha's question: Mp3 audio attached.
In RP, its not usually the done thing to use an 'F' sound as a substitute for the TH sound.

Exploring the Mystery of Speech and Language

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In 2009, the BBC released an excellent one-hour special on the topic of language. The program, called Why Do We Talk?, was produced for the BBC’s Horizon series which explores scientific issues and their effects for the future. Below, you’ll find the complete program, featuring the likes of scientist Deb Roy and linguist Noam Chomsky. Enjoy!






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