How to Speak in a British Accent


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Start with the Rs. Understand that in most British accents speakers don’t roll their Rs (except for those from Scotland, Northumbria, Northern Ireland, and parts of Lancashire), but not all British accents are the same. For example, a Scottish accent varies greatly from an English accent. After a vowel, don’t pronounce the R, but draw out the vowel and maybe add an “uh” (Here is “heeuh”). In words like “hurry”, dont blend the R with the vowel. Say “huh-ree”.

  • In American English, words ending with “rl” or “rel” can be pronounced using either one or two syllables, completely interchangeably. This is not the case in British English. “-rl” words like “girl”, “hurl”, etc, are pronounced as one syllable with silent R, while “squirrel” is “squih-rul”, and “referral” is “re-fer-rul”.
  • Some words are easier to say in a British accent. For example, mirror, which sounds like “mih-ra”. Do not say “mirror” like “mere”; British people almost never do that. When saying some words that end in a W it is often pronounced with an “r” at the end. For example, the word “saw” can be pronounced as “saw-r”, used in a sentence it is “I sawr it!”

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