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Within the UK, different accents and dialects exist. Received pronunciation is often referred to as the Queen’s English or BBC English, which is estimated to be spoken by approximately 2~3% of the British population.

Some would argue that RP is outdated, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Many aspiring British actors learn RP at acting school, and it is spoken by many famous and notable people within the UK. Check out these Pinterest links to get an idea of British people who speak RP in some form or another. 

Some would also distinguish between the traditional, upper, neutral, and modern forms of RP. For example, perhaps the younger members of the royal family, such as Prince William, could be considered to speak with a more modern RP accent. 

There is no "correct way" to speak English, however received pronunciation would be suitable for non-native English speakers since it is clear and tends to be easily understood by others. Those who need to communicate clearly and effectively, such as diplomats, businessmen, interpreters, and scientists, would probably benefit from learning RP. 

More information about what Received Pronunciation is can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Received_Pronunciation

 

 

 

 

 

The RP accent is one of the most sought-after accents by those in the acting and narration community. Despite the fact that the UK and US share the same language, the RP accent can be a struggle for some.

The main difference between General American English and Received Pronunciation are as follows:

General American is rhotic while Received Pronunciation is non-rhotic.
In General American English, the jaw tends to be slack, whereas with Received Pronunciation the lips tend to be more rounded. In addition to rhoticity, General American tends to exhibit flex in the tongue even with non-rhotic sounds. These are the most prominent differences between the two accents.

To adapt to these changes, one should train the articulators so as to avoid slack in the jaw and flex in the tongue. For some, this can be extremely challenging. This can be accomplished by starting with the basic phonemes. Practice the individual vowel sounds one by one while focusing on the correct form. This will help develop our muscle memory. Once we are comfortable repeating the different phonemes, we should practice repeating lists of single-syllable words containing the same vowel sound.

However, pronunciation is really just the start. Once we are able to master the pronunciation, we can adapt our speech to give it natural rhythm and intonation. In my experience accent coaches who are not native speakers of RP often teach an outdated caricatured version of the RP accent. We tend to hear an over-exaggerated up-and-down melody in which every single consonant sound is overly enunciated. Natural speakers of modern RP tend to connect sounds more seamlessly.

The variations of the RP accent go beyond pronunciation. This is why it's important to adjust your speech depending on the personality that you want to portray. Visit the links below for examples and try and compare the different speakers: 

Speakers of RP: British Newsreaders and Journalists

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There are twenty vowel sounds in British English pronunciation. This includes seven short vowel sounds, five long vowel sounds, and eight diphthong vowel sounds. We can further categorize each vowel sound according to their respective positions on the monophthong chart. For further materials, sign up here.

 

 

The short vowel sounds 短母音:

 

1.æ cat, man, hat, van, black

2.ɪ kit, big, hit, live, rich

3.ʊ book, wolf, hood, wood, could

4.ɛ send, end, bed, red, desk

5.ɒ hot, top, box, dog, strong

6.ʌ sun, duck, bulb, bus, hut

7.ə again, adapt, advance, across

 

The long vowel sounds 長母音

 

8.iː sleep, need, feet, heat

9.ɜː nurse, bird, third, curse

10.ɔː talk, fall, north, horse

11.uː new, noon, too, few

12.ɑː car, far, hard, large

 

Diphthong vowels 二重母音

 

13.ɪə near, hear, fear

14.eə hair, pair, there

15.eɪ rain, lane, main

16.ɔɪ noise, toy, coin

17.aɪ rice, kite, my

18.əʊ no, those, low

19.aʊ how, round, loud

20.ʊə pure, cure, tour

 

Front vowels 前舌母音: æ ɪ ɛ

Central vowels 中舌母音: ə ɜː ʌ

Back vowels 後舌母音: ʊ ɔː ɒ ɑː



A cup of tea please (ə kʌp ɒv tiː pliːz)

A bottle of water (ə ˈbɒtl ɒv ˈwɔːtə)

Made in Japan (meɪd ɪn ʤəˈpæn)

I’m Japanese (aɪm ˌʤæpəˈniːz)

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