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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Some would argue that RP is outdated, but this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, 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. For any speaker of RP who might come across as a bit pompous, this could be due to their use of voice inflection and tone rather than the accent itself. 

Some would also make a distinction 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

 

 

 

 

 

This course is catered to those who speak General American English.

Perhaps you are an American expat living in the UK, a diplomat who wishes to blend in with the crowd, or maybe you are an aspiring actor who wishes to master the subtleties of Received Pronunciation. Whatever your goals, this course is for you.

The methods for teaching Received Pronunciation should differ depending on the student's background. Teaching RP to a native English speaker should differ to the methods used for non-native speakers. British English pronunciation and American English pronunciation, while different have many common aspects. The breathing mechanism for both accents is similar, but the use of vowel sounds differs.

In American English, the jaw tends to be more slack, whereas with Received Pronunciation there is more focus on the rounding of the lips. It's really not that difficult for most Americans to put on a British accent, however it can often be too polished, a little old fashioned or the intonation can be a bit too exaggerated. This is fine if you want to develop a command of the British accent for the sole purpose of film and drama, but if you want to blend in with certain circles, you need to be aware of the different forms of RP. There are conservative, traditional and modern forms of RP. We should also be aware of pitch, intonation and voice inflection. 

Unlike acting and drama, everyday conversation should come across as natural and not too over the top. You may even notice this with some Hollywood actors. Their command of the British accent can sometimes be almost too perfect, making it sound a little unnatural. This course focuses on the more natural and modern forms of Received Pronunciation. Students are also free to adapt and adjust their accent according to their purpose.

During this course, students are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet and given an overview of the differences in the physical movements. We will identify the key differences between the two accents. Once we have covered the basics, we can practice speaking exercises.    

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