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Started by HouseOfLametta on Oct 8, 2019 4:32:34 PM
Do YOU speak RP?


Yes, you there...chewing on that piece of wood. Do you speak properly, or like some sort of half-educated savage?


Agaliarept - 08 Oct 2019 16:33:41 (#1 of 578)

Depends who I'm talking to.


HouseOfLametta - 08 Oct 2019 16:34:00 (#2 of 578)

Frankly, no.

esmeralda - 08 Oct 2019 16:35:02 (#3 of 578)

Pretty much. With a bit of London.

HouseOfLametta - 08 Oct 2019 16:36:16 (#4 of 578)

Which bit?

Agaliarept - 08 Oct 2019 16:46:39 (#5 of 578)

Frankly, no.


thisonehasalittlehat - 08 Oct 2019 16:53:39 (#6 of 578)

What ya chattin' 'bout?

InternationalVicar - 08 Oct 2019 17:38:50 (#7 of 578)

Why youngsters make no sense. Some of them even wear the triziz from a track suit when ayt and abyt, dammit.

browserbutton - 08 Oct 2019 17:42:06 (#8 of 578)


dreams99 - 08 Oct 2019 17:44:45 (#9 of 578)

Yes, definitely.

Yersinia - 08 Oct 2019 17:47:41 (#10 of 578)

More-or-less, but it's somewhat variable depending on the social situation, and who I'm talking to.

I have a tendency to subconsciously mirror people's speech, apart from when I'm in a confrontational situation, when my accent veers away from that of my antagonist.

TommyDGNR8 - 08 Oct 2019 17:51:27 (#11 of 578)

I speak Lanarkshire with a touch of Yorkshire but (away from this place at least) my written English is Fowleresque.

surferboogiewhatever - 08 Oct 2019 17:53:37 (#12 of 578)

I talk sort of generic Southern, but I don't think of it as RP. I don't do any of the excruciatingly posh things like pronouncing an A like an E. Some people have told me what I talk like does count as RP nowadays, but I really hope they're wrong.

SinnerBoy - 08 Oct 2019 17:54:10 (#13 of 578)


I don't, but I moderate my accent, when talking to foreigners and Southerners. This comes from experience of having to repeat myself, on ships.

Or on the phone, to Londoners etc.

FleurDuMal - 08 Oct 2019 17:56:00 (#14 of 578)

I speak RP, but my use of a flat ‘a’ in words like ‘bath’ and ‘castle’ gives away my northern origins.

Macpaddy - 08 Oct 2019 17:57:54 (#15 of 578)

I cannot listen to Joan Bakewell without getting irritated. She sounds as if she's in the middle of elocution practice with a strict tutor. It is both ugly and painfully garbled due to over pronunciation. It makes Landscape Artist of the Year almost unwatchable when she is on.

donttellhimpike - 08 Oct 2019 17:58:41 (#16 of 578)

I have an accent that has on occasion been mistaken for American or Canadian. I was born in Scotland but lived majority of my life in Northern Ireland, accent was mixed as a result, then I lived in France for five years and taught ESOL, and since then I softened what accent I had and speak more slowly and clearly. If I'd never left Scotland I'd probably sound like David Tennant, being from the same area.

Macpaddy - 08 Oct 2019 18:02:43 (#17 of 578)

(second hand boasting coming up) I have been told (only a few times, mind) that I sound like Richard Burton. Not to my ear I don't.

Bromio does sound remarkably like Robert Morley.

Tenesmus - 08 Oct 2019 18:10:21 (#18 of 578)

For some reason I'm now thinking about Bob Marley.

moto748 - 08 Oct 2019 18:14:00 (#19 of 578)

Tell me about it.

<rolls fat one>

Spontu - 09 Oct 2019 10:52:06 (#20 of 578)

I spoke in an imitation of the BBC’s Alvar Liddell whilst in the United States because they couldn’t understand or hear my deep voice and normal volume. Particularly in New York where everyone seems to shout in a loud, nasal falsetto.

The frequent response was ‘we lu-urve yurr accent!’

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