How to sound posh – Part one

How to sound posh – Part one

Hi there! Good evening! It’s nice to be here that sort of thing.. I.. I’m sorry, who.. who are you? I’m here to do the Received Pronunciation, the RP posh accent. I believe you must be mistaken, I’m here to do the RP accent. Oh.. certainly we can work together, I don’t mind if.. if it’s ok with you. Very well, if we must.. Ok! Well, I suppose I’ll represent the more modern RP, basically people who wish to show a level of intelligence or class in their speech will generally speak as I do. And I suppose you’d represent the more archaic, old-fashioned RP.. Old-fashioned?! I should wash your mouth up with soap and water! Yes, .. well… Perhaps, you should begin by telling them what RP is and is not. Ok, well, RP goes by many different names Standard English, Oxford English, The Queen’s English, BBC English.. Well, it is true, in the past, BBC news reporters were expected to speak in a similar style to the Queen. They would speak very upper-class. For example : Good evening! We interrupt this program to bring you a special news policy The Germans have bombarded British shores from the air. Our American allies are here to land a helpy hand. Lovely. Thank you. Whereas today’s BBC represents a more realistic range of British accents. Today, modern RP isn’t exactly a very specific way of speaking, Think of Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Emma Watson, Stephen Fry… They’re all on the spectrum of RP, but the way they speak isn’t exactly identical to one another. The main idea of RP today is using good enunciation, a wide range of vocabulary, and just generally use the correct grammar. Not like those bloody Kardashians who really leave a great deal to be desired in that department they may have rather splendid rear ends but bottom of the barrel, I say Yes, I mean… I .. I..I.. I I bet they sat at the rear of the class in fact, i bet they were kept behind after school, ay!? Yes, indeed. Are you finished? Yes, sorry… Indeed! Let’s begin with the sounds : we’ll show you the differences between more modern RP and the older-fashioned upper RP. Modern RP is more just about proper enunciation, good full articulation of consonants, good pronounciation of consonants, especially Ts, for example : Try not to use glottal Ts wherever possible. For example, “water”, not “wa’er” (water with the glottal T) “Better”, not “be’er” (better with the glottal T) However, where there’s a T sound at the end of a word, sometimes, we don’t say it. For example : Absolutely Definitely United States In regular RP, we use something called R linking or R joining. In a sentence, such as this : “India and China” India ends with an “A” sound, the next word begins with an “A” sound, so, in regular RP, we join them with an “R”. For example : “India (r) and China” Whereas in upper RP, we wouldn’t do that. “India and China” One important thing to note is that RP is non-rhotic, which means we don’t pronounce the “R” sound For example, in this word Americans might pronounce it “hard” with a “R” sound. But in RP we don’t. We pronounce it /hɑ:d/ One important thing to remember is in these words, the “A” is pronounced like a /ɑ:/ Class, Task, Ask, Grass… whereas in these words, the “A” sound is pronounced like an /æ/ Man, Can, Hand, Maths The sounds in more common English accents come from further back in the mouth, as Jason Statham pointed out in his video. Whereas in RP and upper RP, the sounds come from further forward in the mouth The rule is this : the higher level of RP, the posher the accent, the further forward in the mouth is where the sound would come from. In upper RP, the jaw move as little as possible, think Keira Knightley! She speaks with a very good posh accent, but she looks like a ventriloquist dummy when she speaks because her mouth barely moves. and that all lands to make a sound posher. So, I think that’s probably… we have time for it, you probably have to be somewhere? Yes, I gotta be going! I’m.. a bit in a rush.. What time is now? Click here to view the next class! Goodbye! Non-automatic English subtitles by Julie Descaves

100 Replies to “How to sound posh – Part one”

  1. It's annoying to watch or listen to the BBC now, with the thick regional accents. You want to hear the crisp, precise, classy tones of classic RP but instead you get the distraction of "hey, look, we're all inclusive now" instead of what the reporter is saying.

  2. Why is it that Britons always mention the Kardashians as if they are a standard American way of enunciation and manners? Firstly, Americans have many accents, all dependent upon which part of the country you live. I would say the closest to UK posh would be American New England states of Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut, especially Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Kardashians represent examples of the worse American behavior and most Americans don't like them either. They represent over excessiveness, conspicuous consumption, spending, and entitlement. So please, Britons, don't bring up Kardashians to Americans because you would be insulting them!!

  3. What Ho. Just checking in to see if I am posh. It seems by the verbal criteria laid down by the scruffy yob with the facial fungus, it would appear I am bally posh, which of course is ruddy marvellous. Always good to be reassured I am better than ones neighbours, frightful Oiks they are, from North London don't you know. Must dash, got tea & muffins on the go, tea first & get stuck into the muffin before the wife gets home. Tally Ho.

  4. Genuinely "Posh" people will pronounce the simple word "Yes" as "ears" . Try it, you'll see what I mean!. BTW I am public school, albeit a minor one.

  5. No one:

    Like the channel though, no hate, I just wanted to get attention okay.

  6. Your sense of humor is just amazing. So amazing that it made me write this comment and I don't normally leave them. Thanks a lot for the good mood and high-quality content! =))))))

  7. I tried to get rid of my “r” and my accent from American became Indian and then Spanish/Greek nowhere near British 😂

  8. The worst type of English accent around in my opinion. To the world, everyone things that the English are posh royal faggots who go around talking like this.

  9. Hi! How do you say "how are you" or "how is it going" in a formal way? Because I watch the video in which you say that the phrase "how are you" is not commonly used. For so, what is the most appropriate question for an interview? Thanks

  10. The old dude in monochrome is how we Canadians imagine all English people speak. "I say, old man; fortunes of war, and all that", etc

  11. Everyone says i sound posh and now my toddler son sounds posh when he speak too ahaha. Really funny i hate my voice though.

  12. I always feel like I talk like I’m from the slums but everyone who isn’t from London tells me I sound posh😂

  13. I used to have a weird New York accent as my English teacher for 2 years was from there, but for the past 5 years my teacher has been a British man who is from London, so now I have a posh accent😂😂

  14. Hi! I was wondering if you could make a video about taking international exams like FCE and what are the tips for each section, please

  15. Your accent is the standard English (like how the service lady speak on tube/buses/trains) nothing posh from your accent. RP is either old fashion like how the queen speaks or contemporary RP like from made in Chelsea

  16. Nothing hotter than a woman with posh accent fam, too bad most girls around my age talking like me lol
    full on Birmingham accent.

  17. This is just "basic" English grammar. It is the way most of the UK talk when they are on the telephone, meeting someone important and so forth then we adopt our local accent again afterwards.

  18. This "old-fashioned" English accent has been spoken since England exists until mid-1960s at least. Some famous "old-fashioned" English people: Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth II, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy etc.

  19. What Americans think our accent is: Good day to you fine sir! What a splendid afternoon for a pic nic.

    What we actually speak like: All white!? i saw my mate t'other day, he wus fuckin golden him an' 'is posh bird, they was spaatin' off abaat t' queen's inglish.

  20. I'm from the north but I've done musical theatre for so long that I've started to develop a posh accent and now I'm trying to get a full antique RP accent

  21. Just because someone speaks a certain way doesn't mean that they are smarter, i think that it's dumb to talk all fancy if your actually not smart, because it's like your be fake and trying to be something your not.

  22. I was in a private school for 7 years and was reprimanded for not pronouncing our words correctly, includingmy dad as well as teachers, now literally everyone thinks I am from London lol

  23. Hey Papa! Thank you for your lessons! So it's true that modern american english is more similar to old fashioned british english than modern british!

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