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British Accents Lesson Part 3


Scouse is an accent and dialect of English found primarily in the Metropolitan county of Merseyside, and closely associated with the city of Liverpool. The accent extends as far as Flintshire in Wales, Runcorn in Cheshire and Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

Scouse features in commonly used include examples such as:

    • · The use of 'giz' instead of 'give us'. This became famous throughout the UK through Boys from the Blackstuff in 1982.

      · The use of the term 'made up' to portray the feeling of happiness or joy in something. For example, 'I'm made up I didn't go out last night'.

      · The terms 'sound' and 'boss' are used in many ways. They are used as a positive adjective such as 'it was sound' meaning it was good. It is used to answer questions of our wellbeing, such as 'I'm boss' in reply to 'How are you?'

      · That's me book you got there" instead of "that's my book you got there

    Dynasty and Barry are two siblings from TV show Waterloo Road.


    The Yorkshire dialect refers to the Northern English language varieties spoken in England's historic county of Yorkshire (God’s Own County).

    Ø Shortening ‘the’ to a glottal t’ -> I’m off t’pub

    Ø Nowt meaning nothing. I ain’t done nowt.

    Ø No plural indicator on words such as miles, pounds. Five mile or ten pound

    Ø Was and Were are interchangeable: I were cutting the grass when... we was interrupted.

    Ø Self becomes sen – I’ve hurt mesen (myself)

    Ø While is used in the sense of until – I don’t start my classes while two o’clock.

    Ø Using ‘what’ instead of ‘that’ -> Other people what I’ve heard said that I’ve a half-sister what lives in Leeds.

    The Yorkshire Accent in popular culture – to name but a few:

    · Downtown Abbey (servants and local villagers)

    · Game of Thrones (Ned Stark)

    · Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter

    · Emmerdale

    · The dwarves Kili, Fili and Thorin in the Hobbit.

    Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series

    Emmerdale is one of the UK's biggest soap operas.

    "Real" Yorkshire - don't worry if you don't understand!

    British Accents Lesson Part 2


    Essex has one of the country's most distinct reputations - and probably the worst. Cornwall has its beaches, Yorkshire has its dales and Cumbria its great lakes, but Essex has its tanning salons, nail bars and nightclubs.

    Essex phrases used all over the UK include "blab" as meaning to tell secrets or to "grumble" meaning to speak in a discontented manner and "donkey's years" universally known as being a long time.

    · "alma chizzit" for how much is it

    · "assband" for housebound

    · ”dan in the maff" for down in the mouth

    · "amant" for amount

    · "yallar" for yellow

    Infamous Towie terms – such asa "reem" for cool, "well jel" for envious and "shaaaaap" for please be quiet

    Words that have a different meaning in Essex

    Proper - What it normally means: Correct according to social or moral codes. What it means in Essex: Very. For example: “I wouldn’t trust him. Proper dodgy deals.”

    To get a tan - What it normally means: To undergo a slight darkening of the skin after exposure to the sun. What it means in Essex: To go to a salon and purchase a brown liquid, mousse, or cream for application to your skin, usually with a designated tanning mitten. As in, “Will be over later, gotta get a tan, babe.”

    Bleak - What it normally means: Barren. What it means in Essex: Bad and disappointing. For example: “No way, mate. Her birthday was bleak as.”

    Have it - What it normally means: To own something. What it means in Essex: To party hard. For example, “I am gonna HAVEEEEE IIIIIT.”

    Rate - What it normally means: To estimate the value of something. What it means in Essex: To like something. For example, “I proper rate that Breaking Bad.”

    Sick - What it normally means: Unwell. What it means in Essex: Amazing, the best thing ever. For example, “That film is sick, bruv.”

    Bomb it - What it normally means: To set off an explosive device. What it means in Essex: To travel at a rapid speed, usually in a car. For example, “I’m gonna bomb it down to Southend seafront later, you in?”

    Mug - What it normally means: A tall cup, used for hot drinks. What it means in Essex: An idiot, usually someone being taken for granted or taken advantage of. For example, “You’ll look like a right mug if you take her back.”

    Messy - What it normally means: Untidy, unkempt. What it means in Essex: Raucous, involving high levels of intoxication and memory loss. For example, “Your birthday is gonna get messy.”

    Sort - What it normally means: Organise. What it means in Essex: A good-looking woman. For example, “Wait until you see her, she is a proper sort.”

    Two people from The Only Way Is Essex - I’ll let you form your own opinions about this show!


    Geordie usually refers to both the people and dialect of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, in Northeast England. The word may also refer to accents and dialects in Northeast England in general.

    Ø Propa - very, really or significantly

    Ø Us – me (give us your keys)

    Ø Geet walla - very large (There's a geet walla queue at Asda)

    Ø Gadgie – man

    Ø Radgie – temper tantrum (that gadgie’s gannin’ proper radgie, like)

    Ø wey aye, man! – generic proclamation of positivity or agreement (use instead of yes to avoid being boring)

    Ø Dee us some scan hinny, I’m clamming – Do us some food hunny, I’m starving.

    Ø Stop shooting ya gob off – stop mouthing off.

    Ø Doylem – idiot, fool

    Ant and Dec – two famous British television presenters talking about the Prince’s Trust with Cheryl Cole.

    Sarah Milican – a famous Geordie comedienne performing at the 202 Royal Variety Performance

    British Accents Lesson

    British Accents

    Received Pronunciation

    This is the closest to a “standard accent” that has ever existed in the UK. Although it originally derives from London English, it is non-regional. You’ve probably heard this accent countless times in Jane Austen adaptations, Merchant Ivory films, and Oscar Wilde plays. It emerged from the 18th- and 19th-Century aristocracy, and has remained the “gold standard” ever since. It is also known as the BBC English.

    Skyfall Judi Dench Playing ‘M’.


    Cockney is probably the second most famous British accent. It originated in the East End of London. Those who were born within earshot of the Bow Bells of St Mary-le-Bow, for example, Camden, Lambeth or Hackney Marsh are considered to be Cockney. It was originally used by street traders and criminals in the East End of London to disguise what they were talking about.

    Replace the word you want to disguise with a short phrase of two or three words with the last word rhyming with the original word you want to disguise

    · Rosie Lea – Tea. I’ll have a cuppa Rosie please fella.

    · Adam and Eve – Believe. Would you Adam and Eve it?

    · Dog and Bone – Phone. Pass up the old dog and bone would ya?

    · Apples and Pears – Stairs. Get up those apples to bed my son!

    · Crust of Bread – Head. Use your crust, lad.

    · Raspberry Tart – Fart. I can smell a raspberry in here.

    · Trouble and Strife – wife. The trouble’s been shopping again.

    · Rabbit and pork – to talk. I don’t know what she’s rabbiting on about.

    · China Plates – Mates

    · Duke of Kent – Rent

    · Tommy Trinder – window (winder)

    · Pork pies – lies (stop telling porkies)

    · To do porridge – to do time in prison (because the standard meal for breakfast was porridge)

    · Britney Spears – beers.

    Only Fools and Horses. This is a British sitcom that ran from 1981 to 1991 and was set in Peckham in south-east London. It is one of the UK’s most popular sitcoms.

    “Translate” the following paragraph into standard English.

    I was helping one of me Chinas clean his Tommy Trinders when I heard the old dog and bone ringing upstairs, I ran up the apples, picked it up and would you Adam and Eve it?! It was only the bleeding landlord asking for his Duke of Kent.

    West County (Southwest England)

    West Country refers to a large swath (band) of accents heard in the South of England, starting about fifty miles West of London and extending to the Welsh border. The main difference is that the letter r is pronounced after vowels. So, for example, whereas somebody from London would pronounce mother as “muthah,” somebody from Bristol would say “mutherrr“. (i.e. the way people pronounce the word in America or Ireland).

    This a youth group comparing the Somerset Accent to the Queen's English.

    Somerset Farmer

    Hagrid from Harry Potter also has a South Western Accent.

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