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When I was young, I got taught to spell English the British way, and I do to this day. However, I had learnt spoken English form cartoons like Bugs Bunny and stuff, so I speak with a kind of 60s American accent.

Anyway, my friends said that I was really inconsistent (e.g. I would spell Aluminium but say Aluminum, spell full stop but say period, etc) so I decided that I would learn to speak accordingly.

So what are some good ways to pick up a nice, non-exaggerated British accent? Any specific shows I could watch? Any tips for some spoken expressions used in the UK that I could use? I live in Canada, by the way.
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there's loads of different british accents, britain is three different countries

edit : i think you should pick up a slight geordie accent, listen to maximo park
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When I was young, my family moved to London, where I began to learn english. So at first I spoke with a british accent. 2 years later, we left and went to Austria, where I went to an international school.


....I now have a heavy american accent. Most people think I'm from Canada.

The thing is, although I have an american accent, there are still some british features in my speech, probably due to watching british TV and learning from british textbooks and stuff.

Interesting fact: anyone who learns english outside of the Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia will end up with an American accent.
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there's loads of different british accents, britain is three different countries


It's 4.... 4 countries...

Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland.
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It's 4.... 4 countries...

Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland.

Wales is a mere principality.
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It's 4.... 4 countries...

Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland.


I really should know that, sloppiness on my behalf. I thought northern island was in the united kingdom and not Britain
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just speak unaccented english. remove all the american bits, like those hideous r's and that high pitched emphasis. watch pretty much any british tv show, you'll hear all kinds of accents. for god's sake, don't pick up an annoying london or midlands one. they're hideous.

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I really should know that, sloppiness on my behalf. I thought northern island was in the united kingdom and not Britain



britain = united kingdom.

wow.
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Interesting fact: anyone who learns english outside of the Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia will end up with an American accent.


Actually, I had a few friends who had developed a British accent in my old Romanian high-school. What you say is generally true, though.
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Wales is a mere principality.



Shut the **** up twat

Wales was around way way before england was
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just speak unaccented english. remove all the american bits, like those hideous r's and that high pitched emphasis. watch pretty much any british tv show, you'll hear all kinds of accents. for god's sake, don't pick up an annoying london or midlands one. they're hideous.


But how will I know which is which? I don't want to end up learning Cockney. Or do I? Got any specific characters from shows in mind?
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But how will I know which is which? I don't want to end up learning Cockney. Or do I? Got any specific characters from shows in mind?



eesh...not really. hm, don't learn from only fools and horses, don't learn from soap operas. watch the news, you'll see the difference between proper english (usually) from the newsreaders, and more regional stuff from the subjects.

just watch as much english tv as possible and choose the bits you like.

i can't really think of anything off the top of my head, i don't watch much tv, sorry
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so wait, you are Canadian, and you are going to artificially speak in another dialect?

wow, why?, I mean what are you going to do, just walk into your kitchen one day and start speaking to your parents in a british accent?

don't you think that might come off a wee bit silly?

I've picked up phrases from people from other countries, but that is a step too far.

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Shut the **** up twat

Wales was around way way before england was


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Why do you really care? Do you think putting on an accent will make people look at you differently?
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Just don't even try.

England has a ton of different accents to say how small it is.

Just try ween yourself off the Americanism; speak with your native accent if you can.
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Shut the **** up twat

Wales was around way way before england was


Nobody went there though

I have a very f*cked up accent, although I was born and raised a brummie, I don't talk like one (thank god!) I've been told I have a slightly american-canadian-cockney-australian accent...weird...

And watch any british tv show, almost any of the new ones.
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so wait, you are Canadian, and you are going to artificially speak in another dialect?

wow, why?, I mean what are you going to do, just walk into your kitchen one day and start speaking to your parents in a british accent?

don't you think that might come off a wee bit silly?

I've picked up phrases from people from other countries, but that is a step too far.




I speak Romanian at home, and mostly French to strangers.

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Why do you really care? Do you think putting on an accent will make people look at you differently?


I don't intend to completely forget my American ways. Who would want to forget to speak like Bugs Bunny?
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I speak Romanian at home, and mostly French to strangers.


Ok fair enough, so you are just straightening it out

understandable

if I were to adopt any accent from the UK it would be Stephen Fry-esque

http://youtube.com/watch?v=hkL8qgG_VPo
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When I was young, I got taught to spell English the British way, and I do to this day. However, I had learnt spoken English form cartoons like Bugs Bunny and stuff, so I speak with a kind of 60s American accent.

Anyway, my friends said that I was really inconsistent (e.g. I would spell Aluminium but say Aluminum, spell full stop but say period, etc) so I decided that I would learn to speak accordingly.

So what are some good ways to pick up a nice, non-exaggerated British accent? Any specific shows I could watch? Any tips for some spoken expressions used in the UK that I could use? I live in Canada, by the way.



Watch Authweirdesen Pet (or however the **** u spell it) and learn how to speek like a geordie!!! then nobody will like ya
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Watch Doctor Who. Just don't listen to Donna or Rose. Or Christopher Eccleston if you watch the first (revived) series. Also, The Avengers if you can get your hands on it, best accents ever
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Isn't it a bit too posh, though?


a little class never hurt anyone
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Speak like an Irishman. They kick arse.
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you can get books, they come with CDs usually, that will teach you how to speak with a number of different British accents, they are made for actors, so look for them in the theater section of the book store.
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you can get books, they come with CDs usually, that will teach you how to speak with a number of different British accents, they are made for actors, so look for them in the theater section of the book store.

Americans will never know how to do a real British accent if it hit them in the face
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I've seen plenty of actors pull it off, same with Americans who have lived in Britain for a long time.
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you can get books, they come with CDs usually, that will teach you how to speak with a number of different British accents, they are made for actors, so look for them in the theater section of the book store.


Interesting. I might look into it.
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Same with me.
I'm in the States, but I have kind of a half English accent (not sure which one really).
And there's a little canadian mixed in (i'm like 100 miles away from the canadian border).
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When I was young, my family moved to London, where I began to learn english. So at first I spoke with a british accent. 2 years later, we left and went to Austria, where I went to an international school.


....I now have a heavy american accent. Most people think I'm from Canada.

The thing is, although I have an american accent, there are still some british features in my speech, probably due to watching british TV and learning from british textbooks and stuff.

Interesting fact: anyone who learns english outside of the Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia will end up with an American accent.

I have a fairly British accent and I learned English in Norway.
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I've seen plenty of actors pull it off, same with Americans who have lived in Britain for a long time.

You're yank, you would never understand.

Some can, most can't.
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You're yank, you would never understand.

Some can, most can't.


having studied this sort of stuff, and having been to England quite a few times i think I do have somewhat of an understanding, but I do agree with you that a lot of people can't do it. I've heard some very bad attempts made of Brits trying to sound American too, it's usually quite hilarious.
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I really should know that, sloppiness on my behalf. I thought northern island was in the united kingdom and not Britain

You were right technically, Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales. The U.K. is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
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When I was young, I got taught to spell English the British way, and I do to this day. However, I had learnt spoken English form cartoons like Bugs Bunny and stuff, so I speak with a kind of 60s American accent.

Anyway, my friends said that I was really inconsistent (e.g. I would spell Aluminium but say Aluminum, spell full stop but say period, etc) so I decided that I would learn to speak accordingly.

So what are some good ways to pick up a nice, non-exaggerated British accent? Any specific shows I could watch? Any tips for some spoken expressions used in the UK that I could use? I live in Canada, by the way.


Well get a Visa and live over here in Blighty, watch a whole load of British films and telly - without subtitles, I've heard many people on your side of the Pond need subs for our programmes.

I'm very British, but I almost slipped into similar habits when I was younger after watching too much US telly. At last you spell properly.
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Well get a Visa and live over here in Blighty, watch a whole load of British films and telly - without subtitles, I've heard many people on your side of the Pond need subs for our programmes.

I'm very British, but I almost slipped into similar habits when I was younger after watching too much US telly. At last you spell properly.


Oh, don't think that I can't understand anything British. I get most accents from England pretty well. Scottish and Irish, almost as well. Welsh is my weak point, though.
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I've seen plenty of actors pull it off, same with Americans who have lived in Britain for a long time.


I haven't seen many, I hope to God you're not thinking of Dick Van Dyke and Renee Zellweger as examples.

There are more Brits who pull off Yank accents - Daniel Day Lewis, Tim Roth, Damien Lewis, Daniel Craig, even Bob Hope was born in London.
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Oh, don't think that I can't understand anything British. I get most accents from England pretty well. Scottish and Irish, almost as well. Welsh is my weak point, though.

I'm English and can't understand Scottish or Irish. Or Welsh really.
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Oh, don't think that I can't understand anything British. I get most accents from England pretty well. Scottish and Irish, almost as well. Welsh is my weak point, though.


You're missing much out then, it's only Welsh :p. Don't worry about my earlier terms, I've just heard about so many Americans complaining about their lack of understanding when it comes to accents in Long Good Friday, Get Carter, Lock Stock and Hot Fuzz.
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Vorbeste cum vrei si nu te mai uita la ce zic altii.


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Nu-mi pasa de ce zic altii, doar mi-au adus aminte ca vroiam de mai demult sa vorbesc calumea ca in Anglia.
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I haven't seen many, I hope to God you're not thinking of Dick Van Dyke and Renee Zellweger as examples.

There are more Brits who pull off Yank accents - Daniel Day Lewis, Tim Roth, Damien Lewis, Daniel Craig, even Bob Hope was born in London.



No I wasn't thinking of either of those, they are pretty bad (and Madonnas is even worse, I hope she stopped talking like that) but I've met a lot of stage actors that can do it, but they usually train a lot harder for that sort of things than film actors do.

also it depends on what accent you're going for, in the US a souther accent is a lot harder to pull off than a Midwestern accent. and for the UK a received accent is easier to do than a cockney accent.
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just speak unaccented english. remove all the american bits, like those hideous r's and that high pitched emphasis. watch pretty much any british tv show, you'll hear all kinds of accents. for god's sake, don't pick up an annoying london or midlands one. they're hideous.


britain = united kingdom.

wow.

You dissing my Midlands accent?

In the more rural areas (ie where I live) the accent is pretty much neutral. It rocks.
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