The UK is incredibly diverse in terms of accents
and it just so happens that I can do many of these accents as my party trick.
So come with me as I take you on a guided tour
through all of the accents and archetypes of Great Britain.
Hi, I'm Siobhan Thompson and this is Anglophenia.
And what I'm speaking right now is RP,
Receive pronunciation, or you know, the standard BBC English.
It's spoken across the country generally by middle, upper middle and upper class people.
Think of Martin Freeman,
or you know, most of the presenters of BBC News.
"So, good evening."
"It's 9 o'clock, and this is the news"
"and I'm very important."
Heightened RP is generally only spoken on film and television now.
So you can think of the Dodger countess in Downton Abbey.
"Oh, Gerald. I do love you"
"but you're so terribly, terribly poor!"
Now, London is the action the most people outside of Britain can recognise.
You know, like classic Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
"Get out of my pub, go on! Get out of here!"
"Shut it, you tart!"
East Anglia is a flat, boggy kind of place
with a flat boggy kind of accent.
I'd love to give you an example of
somebody that comes from there that speaks like this,
but they all lose this accent as soon as they can.
Stephen Fry's from Norfolk,
but he doesn't speak like this,
because he's posh.
Here's a kind of classic kind of East Anglia phrase.
"I've done drop my computer in the fen, and it's broken."
Now, let's go across the island to the west country
which is a much rounder sound.
It's farm land full of sheep and cows and apples.
Think of like Sam Gangee from the Lord of the Rings
or Hagrid from the Harry Potter movies.
"Oh, you bloody kids, get off my land,"
"Oh Mr Frodo, don't let me turn into anything unnatural."
And then, you go down to Cornwall.
It gets a little bit more pirate-y
"So hoist the mizzenmast, Squire Trelawney,"
Now, Southern Welsh is a great singing song of kind of accent.
Think of Tom Jones or Richard Burton,
You know, "rage, rage against the dying of the light!"
Bloody hell, I love Dylan Thomas.
Northern Welsh is where the singer Duffy is from.
It's a breathy a thicker kind of an accent.
And most people from there speak Welsh at home
and English is their second language.
So, you know, 'diolch yn fawr iawn'
Now, cross the country to the West Midlands in Birmingham.
It's a very nosey kind of accent.
Mostly on account of all the industries that went on in that area.
Cat Deeley who presents So You Think You Can Dance is from there,
and so is Ozzy Osbourne, you know,
"Sharon, where's the bloody remote?"
"Yeah, that falls that it does it in,"
"because drugs is just where he's from."
Scouse is the classic Liverpool accent.
The Beatles are from there and so Paul McGann.
They're also made European Capital of Culture a couple years ago by the EU.
"So, don't tell me that I cultured, all right?"
Up to Lancashire
you know, think of Christopher Eccleston,
or most of the cast of the downstairs and Downton Abbey.
"Daisy, get those buns out the oven before they burn!"
"Ah, Mr Bates."
So, across the Pennines to Yorkshire.
It's a much kind of flatter accent from Lancashire,
and they cut off a lot of the words.
“So, I'm going to pop up hill."
Think of Sean Bean from Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.
"One does not simply walk into Mordor!"
So in Northumberland and Newcastle is to be in a Geordie accent.
So, you know, think of the Geordie Shore
or Cheryl Cole, remember she got fired from The X-Factor.
Cuz nobody could understand a word she was saying.
Or Billy Elliot.
"Oh, you know what, I do understand ballet,"
"but my dad makes me box."
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland.
It's a very soft, maybe a little snooty kind of an accent.
Think of Ewan McGregor
or Dame Maggie Smith as the Professor McGonagall.
"That's ten points taken from Gryffindor, Mr Porter!"
Glasgow has much thicker kind of accent.
Billy Connolly and Peter Capaldi are both from there.
They cut off a lot of the words, so...
"I haven't got any butter,"
"so I have to go to the shop, you know."
And so up to the very north,
to the highlands of Scotland.
Think of Amy Pond from Doctor Who,
or maybe Sir Robert Burns.
"The best laid plans of mice and men /Gang aft agley."
Now let's go to North Ireland.
And it's all about the vowels with the Northern Irish accent.
So like "how now, brown cow?"
Liam Neeson is from there.
"You've got a very particular set of skills."
I know he doesn't say it in that accent in the movie,
but it sounds well cool!
Southern Ireland is obviously not a part of the United Kingdom,
but I can do a Dublin accent.
So let's just do it!
It's pretty classic Irish accent with a lot of assonance to it.
So Sinead O'Connor's from there.
"Nothing compares, nothing compares to you."
That is all from me.
Tell me if there's any British accents that I miss,
because I love a challenge!
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