A tour of the British Isles in accents.


Received pronunciation is the great
communicator as soon as you deviate from that and you
go into London speech for example then you lose a little bit of the
communication. cockney is based on East Anglian Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, this is
often by actors confused with the West Country
where the R’s come in and then you get Dorset and Somerset get into Cornwall.
Devon’s slightly different it goes into the nose bit more like that then you go up north to Yorkshire it’s nice
if you get a word that’s got one on the predominant
sounds in it like yark sheer then you cross the Pennines into Lancashire
where he gets much more flexible and fluid in the mouth Liverpool is there too, you know, it’s
Scouse it’s a mixture of all kinds of sounds one of
those is Northern Irish with the rising
inflections but you don’t get the rising
inflections down in Dublin where it has that poetic quality which is
sometimes thought of as being not different from
Highland speech which is also quite poetic and almost
Scandinavian and then you come down to Glasgow and
into the Lowlands of Scotland where you get glottal stops and things like that.
Then you come down the west coast and you’re in Wales, North
Wales where it’s breathy like that and down
into South Wales where you get much heavier and Welsh people who sometimes even sound a bit drunk.

100 Replies to “A tour of the British Isles in accents.”

  1. I have the east anglia accent and the Essex one sounds different to the one you did. I don't mean the towie accent, I mean the estuary accent.

  2. speak the black, indian, and the Pakistani. the new accents taking over all of the UK, and are already ruling the UK and taking over our country

  3. As a Scot, I was ready to be annoyed because no one ever gets the Scottish accent right, but then your Glasgow accent sounded exactly like my dad…

  4. I live near liverpool so when you started doing the accent I completely stopped hearing an accent and just heard it in a normal voice

  5. The Dorset and Somerset part sounds almost American, at least New England or general north east American. Very pronounced Rs.

  6. 1 Why is this in my recommened
    2 I feel as if you've gotten a little mixed up somewhere with these but sti inpressive…
    3 you missed soo many good accents…why!!

  7. Forgive my ignorance as a non-Brittish person but where are the more 'neutral' accents (for great want of a better word) like Emma Watson's ?

  8. At last! Someone who realises the East Anglian accent is different from West Country accents! Never heard anybody ever successfully impersonate a Norfolk/Suffolk accent before without sounding like they’re from Dorset. Well done.

  9. tHE FACT THAT HE CALLED IRELAND A BRITISH ISLE ANGERS ME BEYOND BELIEF. DUBLIN IS IN IRELAND. N O T BRITAIN.

    yours sincerely,
    an angry irish girl.

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