Articles Tagged 'British Accent'

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Five Lessons That Will Help Sort Out Your ‘British’ Accent

First of all, it’s important to state that there is no ‘British’ accent. There are so many regional dialects spread across tiny geographical areas that to arrive in, say, Swansea or Leicester (pronounced “lester”—you’re welcome), and launch into a stream of corblimey cockneyisms would go down extraordinarily badly. Actually, arriving in Glasgow and attempting a […]

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The British Geordie Dialect – From Another Planet?

It’s fair to say that, as with Yorkshire, the dialect from the far Northeast of England is unique; some might say totally incomprehensible.  People from this region, (basically the banks of the River Tyne,) are called Geordies and the accent and dialect is also Geordie. When Geordies (like Sting) relocate to other parts of the […]

Meryl Streep Nails a British Accent…Again

Meryl Streep has been earning raves for her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, which opened in New York and Los Angeles last weekend and arrives on British screens this Friday (Jan. 6). Her accent, by all accounts, is spot-on. “Her performance is astonishing and all but flawless; a […]

Technology 2 – English Language O

Apple has heavily touted its iPhone 4S’s new voice recognition feature known as Siri, which is supposed to understand what you say to it and actually answer back using words. Much has been made of how it can handle a wide range of accents – English dialects from London to Sydney. But it’s having lots […]

Streep, Hathaway Face Scrutiny over On-screen British Accents

Meryl Streep may be the acknowledged Queen of Accents, but even she could come in for criticism when she starts mouthing off as former three-term British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, a biopic opening December 16. Any filmgoer with fingers nimble enough to Google past video clips featuring the real Mrs. Thatcher […]

Five Strong UK Regional Accents That DID Succeed In America

In tribute to poor old Cheryl Cole, whose natural mode of expression seems to have caused so many furrowed brows among so many hopeful performers on the US X Factor that she had to be sent home in disgrace (if we’re reading the tabloids correctly), here are five other regional accents which should have caused […]

Ray Winstone: Voice Coach To The Stars

If you’ve seen Mel Gibson’s performance as a puppeteer in The Beaver, and marvelled at the accuracy with which he nails the London accent for his furry friend, well, there’s a reason for that. Far from being a dubbed on voice-over from Michael Caine (which was one of the rumors doing the rounds), he called […]

Crowe Brings Star Power, Drama to Robin Hood Press Tour

  Hey Anglophenia readers: let me introduce you to our new guest blogger, Paul Hechinger. He is a longtime journalist and producer, with credits from The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Time Magazine, National Public Radio, CourtTV, ABC News, MSNBC, and Dow Jones Television to his name. His love of film and literature will make him a fine […]