Practice English Speaking&Listening with: How to speak with a POSH BRITISH ACCENT || RP English

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Hi, I'm back!

Arabic Mike and...



this is a special...

kind of edition I suppose because we're going to teach you something

that hopefully you didn't already know

we're going to give you some tips on... what? What are we going to learn today?

we're going to do a little bit of an RP accent

because I don't know how many of you are aware but we've got another royal wedding in England today

we do indeed... who's getting married?

which prince... Prince Harry?

Prince William? One of them

today is the 19th of May and Prince Harry is getting married to

Meghan Markle

so in honour of that we've decided to do a bit of an English themed accent video

I'm here with my sister Rebecca, I'm Arabic Mike

I teach Arabic on YouTube and I teach English on YouTube occasionally

because a large part of my audience is from the Arab world, from the Middle East, from Saudi Arabia

from Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, all over the place... Egypt, I said Egypt already

so today we're going to learn how to speak English, like the language we're speaking now

not just with a British accent, but with an RP accent

let's start off with RP, what does RP mean? What is an RP accent? What does it mean? Can you describe it?

so RP stands for, 'received pronunciation'

and there's a long history to the origins of it

which accent are you speaking with right now?

is this just Rebecca's accent?

this is what you would call standard English

so RP... you can get heightened RP, or you can get standard RP/ standard English

which is...

it's not quite as stereo-typically posh

but it's still...

which is the poshest accent? How would the Queen speak?

heightened RP

heightened RP... can you do the Queen?

oh, so heightened (RP) is even more emphasised... I don't even know what the Queen sounds like

she doesn't speak often does she?


it's just far more...

oh gosh, I don't even know

she speaks slowly

she does speak slowly, heightened (RP) is basically just

really really exaggerated and

very very very clipped and short

and British

very British

so we're going to share with you three tips

of how to speak British with an RP accent so what's the first tip?

so the first tip is the importance of the letter 'T'


because so often nowadays,

people become lazy, you become slack, it's easy to forget certain consonants

I mean, you do it without even realising it

and that's when your mum says, 'don't forget your 'T's'

our mum does yeah

yeah... at least not anymore, but she did

yes she did, so for example

if I were going to say

'Michael will you pass me the butter?'

who says butter?

it's butter

remove the glottal stop between the...

ooo, there we go.. techno

yes, glottal stop, I missed that from my last video, but basically it's a glottal stop so...

butter... butter

it's not quite like a hamza is

like ___

it's not quite a hamza but it's like a glottal stop so

butter becomes butter

there we go

butter is better

butter is... that's a good one

butter is better

if the 'T' is at the end of a word, that's when it's more tricky to...

to make sure you stay on it and you pick it up because... I just said it then... it...

you pick it up... when you're saying things in a sentence, it's easy to run sounds and consonants into one another

so you want to over-emphasise, pronunciate, and make very clear, every 'T' sound within the word

yes, so it's more kind of just being aware of finishing the sounds you're creating

how would you summarise the first tip?

on how to sound more RP like the royal family?

remeber your 'T's'

pronounce your 'T's'... don't drop your 'T's'

if there's a 'T' in the middle of the word, say it, if there's a 'T' at the beginning of the word say it

if it's at the end of the word, say it

okay, moving on, point 2, what's the second tip?

so my second tip, is to think of the sounds coming forward

as I said before, you can get quite lazy when learning an accent, or learning a language

and you can sit quite back

in you tongue and in your mouth

whereas the whole RP sound is quite light

and quite forward

so you want to keep a nice rounded lip, nice rounded mouth

and just think the words are shooting out your nose and your mouth

through the front of your face

did you get that?

that makes sense!

can you give us a demonstration of saying something from the back of your mouth

and then saying something... I just did it myself without thinking

yeah exactly...

so you kind of wan to be using the tips of your tongue

the front of your lips, rather than further back in the mouth, is that right?

mhm, that's right

okay, so I am sitting quite far back on my larynx, my tongue is quite far back at the moment

I'm being quite lazy in using my mouth, in using my articulation

and it sounds a bit weird really

your body language is saying...

'I'm not really interested'.. cause you've got your back as well

exactly it all connects.. it all links in

how you talk kind of reflects your body language and vice versa

anyway, so going back to the RP sounding quite light, and forward, and rounded...

if you then start to think of it coming from a more forward place

it sounds lighter and more airy


and you did that by thinking about using a different part of your mouth

so you think of it coming forward

through the teeth, through the lips

nice and rounded, through the front of your face so it's all...

resonating... that's the word I was thinking of

so it's coming forward, and you are just projecting rather than sitting backwards

and just being like, 'yeah...' you want it to go forwards

I'm going to try, okay?

this is your book, can I just take this a minute?

okay, I'm just going to read

okay, this is me reading it from the back of my mouth

'work to straighten the cervical spine by lengthening and pulling slightly back'


and then... work... now I'm going to try it forward okay?

'work to straighten the cervical spine by lengthening and pulling slightly back'

now do it from the back again

'work to straighten the cervical spine by lengthening and pulling slightly back'

so it's just less clear

it's slightly different isn't it?


it's got a slightly muffled sound when I speak from back there

this is... do you want to recommend this book at all?

yeah this is a really good book

it's written by Gillyanne Kayes

Gillyanne Kayes

and can you explain to the audience why you have this book?

I have this book because I'm a musical theatre student and one of my modules is voice

so we were recommended to get this because it helps link the breathing to the voice

to the sounds... to everything

so it's quite technical, but if you are, you know, really into your language, really into your accents and consonants

it's got some great technical hints and tips and some good phonetic advice and information there as well


I'll probably put a link in bio? or link in description?

there it is

I think it's time isn't it?

tip 3

tip 3

okay Rebecca, tip 3 - our third and final tip

on how to speak with a received pronunciation is what?

I like to think of it as speaking north to south

so... similar to point 2, in what I was talking about in trying to get the sound forward

and through the resonance through your nose, in your mouth using the rounded lips

tip 3 is, imagine that you are elongating your lips in a north to south way

like this

yeah, so...

yeah, I don't know how else to describe it

like a duck

kind of

so some accents...

like a fish? that

some accents are east to west

so they lie quite flat

like a Californian accent

is an example of



cause it's just... all like...

I mean... I don't really know if the sounds are right that I'm doing but it's just so flat...

I mean yeah

and when you're speaking like that, your mouth is like this shape... horizontal

rather than vertical

so again, thinking of how we want to sound

light, clear, up, crisp, front

another way of thinking of it is basically just thinking of speaking north to south

can you give us some examples Rebecca?

what, in terms to an East to west and north to south? or different vowel sounds?

is there an exercise we can practice by speaking north to south?

um.... speaking north to south...

I would say linking it back to the rounded 'vowelness'... so keeping it forward and keeping that north to south look

practicing some sounds like loo loo loo loo

loo loo loo loo

loo loo loo loo la la la la le le le le?

and then you should feel... maybe a le, le is more of a horizontal sound

or... like either or

or like an oar, like I'm going rowing

like either or

so or

more... shore

poor... core

tour... door

and then loo

I just want to just clarify this, so the third tip is to orientate your mouth

north to south, or visual your mouth being north to south rather than kind of flat


a received pronunciation

accent.. you want to open... 'oh, that's how Hugh Grant speaks'


I've just realised that

Hugh Grant is a prime example

so Hugh Grant and Benedict Cumberbatch... they speak like this

and now I know why

see can you see the difference?


look at the difference in how...

so basically you just talk, but with your lips like that

I mean it kind of helps to get into it

it makes an incredible difference just in how you tighten the sides of your mouth

and then all of a sudden...

you sound very very different so...

wow. I feel like I've just all of a sudden become a public school boy

because it's all very forward... it's all very...

you know... there at your lips... north to south

it's all happening in the front

very rounded

that's amazing

there we go, you just need to...

I feel like, I just want to take a three year long gap year

but... do you know what I mean?

that's probably the easiest tip

out of everything we've done, this is the easiest tip for me

there we go

I can't stop

you've got to find what works for you

that's not my accent

but it's nice to know that I can use it when I like so...

RP.. well there we go

I feel like... I feel like in some ways, I've been born again

there you go

very strange

very very strange

so, Harry and Meghan, we wish you a happy wedding day

Harry and Meghan are getting married, probably right now, they're probably coming into the church

and yeah... it's important, if you do end up meeting the royals, that you probably pronounce your words

eloquently and well and you articulate your sentences in a well formed manner

so, to be honest, I hope you've learned something from this lesson

we hope you'll come back again soon

and yeah, you've got more videos up there and there

and I''m Arabic Mike, what's your name?

My name is Rebecca

her name is Rebecca

and we'll see you again soon

hope to see you again in the very near future

and until next time... bye bye

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