Learn British accents and dialects – Cockney, RP, Northern, and more!



Did you know that there are over 30 different English accents in England alone? And that's not all. Would you believe there are over a hundred different English dialects accross the world? In this lesson, I will tell you about some common British accents you might hear. You'll hear examples of Cockney, RP, Estuary, Northern, Scottish, Welsh, and many more accents. Don't miss this opportunity to add some spice to your English pronunciation and comprehension! Take the quiz at TRANSCRIPTHi. I'm Gill at www.engvid.com, and today's lesson is about accents in the U.K. So, U.K. accents and also dialects. Okay, so what's the difference between an accent and a dialect? Right. Well, an accent, as you know, is to do with pronunciation, how you pronounce the word. Dialect is when you have a word that only people in a certain area of the country use; it's not a national word, it's a local word that maybe people from other parts of the country, they won't even know what it means, so that's dialect. Okay. So, let's just have a look through some of the accents that we have in the U.K.The one that you're probably learning as you're learning to pronounce English words is RP. "RP" stands for "Received Pronunciation". It's a slightly strange term. "Received" where do you receive it from? Well, maybe you receive it from your teacher. This is how to say this word. It's a slightly strange expression, but RP, it's usually referred to by the initials. And it's the kind of accent you will hear if you're watching BBC Television programs or listening to BBC Radio. Not everybody on the BBC speaks with an RP accent. The news readers tend to be RP speakers, but not always. But the strange thing is that in this country, only a very small percentage of people do speak with this accent. Apparently, just 3%, but they tend to be people in positions of power, authority, responsibility. They probably earn a lot of money. They live in big houses. You know the idea. So, people like the Prime Minster, at the moment David Cameron, he went to a private school, he went to university, Oxford, so people who have been to Oxford and Cambridge Universities often speak in RP, even if they didn't speak in RP before they went to Oxford or Cambridge, they often change their accent while they are there because of the big influence of their surroundings and the people that they're meeting. So that's RP. It's a very clear accent. So, it's probably a good idea to either learn to speak English with an RP accent, or you may be learning with an American accent, a Canadian accent, all of those accents are very clear. Okay. And being clear is the most important thing.Okay, so moving on. RP, as I should have said, is mostly in the south of the country; London and the south. So, also "Cockney" and "Estuary English" are in the south. Okay. So, Cockney is the local London accent, and it tends to spread further out to places like Kent, Essex, other places like that. Surrey. There's a newer version of Cockney called "Estuary English". If you think an estuary is connected to a river, so the River Thames which flows across the country, goes quite a long way west. So anyone living along the estuary, near the river can possibly have this accent as well.So, just to give you some examples, then, of the Cockney accent, there are different features. So, one example is the "th" sound, as you know to make a "th" sound, some of you may find it difficult anyway, "the", when you put your tongue through your teeth, "the", but a Cockney person may not use the "the", they will use an "f" sound or a "v" sound instead, so the word "think", "I think", they would say would say instead of: "think", they would say it like that: "fink", "fink", and the top teeth are on the bottom lip, "think". And words like "with" that end with the "th", instead of "with", it will be "wiv", "wiv", "wiv". "Are you coming wiv me?" So that is one of the things that happens with the Cockney accent.Words like "together" would be "togever". Okay? The number "three", t-h-r-e-e is often pronounced "free": "We have free people coming to dinner. Free people." So, there can be confusion there, because we have the word "free", which has a meaning in itself, "free", but if you actually mean "three", the number three, there can be some confusion. So don't get confused by "free people". -"Oh, they're free? They're free to come?" -"No, there are three of them. Three people who are free to come." Ah, okay.



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0Flow0
I'm Finnish and wanted to know what accent Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter has. I guess it's like a posh Scottish accent? The letter R is very different. Anyway this video was very interesting for some reason. 😀
APEX REAP3RZ
The north is definitely different to the Midlands, I'm from Yorkshire and I've moved to Shropshire, massive difference. We aren't comparable.
Alexandre Julio
Mrs. Teacher good morning! Your English class was very important for me, I loved it, I learned more! Teacher I\
Amanda Mason
This woman is adorable! Love this video. Very interesting.
Angel Rubio Rodríguez
I Think that to a person who doesn't speak english as their first language, it´s very difficult to change the pronunciation of some words just because they are so used to watching and listening the american accent so... you have to study this kind of accent from the begging or live in the UK to listen daily and practice otherwise it will be very hard to change those letters in your pronunciation.
Anthony Gudgeon
A really pleasant lady
Azureecosse
As a Scot I have never said Dinnae ken which is spoken in the East coast Edinburgh and fife regions never said cannae either, these are regional and usually central belt, you cant say all Scots speak like this because its not true , these are bad examples of the Scottish Language and represent a particular lowland region in the south( these are cliched like the janitor from the Simpsons might speak) . Go north and into the Borders and its a different story completely. The reality is there is no one Scottish dialect, for a small country there are many different regional variations some of which cannot be understood by other Scots, the further north you go the more Nordic sounding the words become, also many Scottish Aristocrats from large ancestral estates may have been born in Scotland but speak with an English RP accent because they were educated in England mainly Oxbridge.
Aлександр новачек
Wow, I have no idea of how could I understood almost everything she had said. I'm interested in English from U.K cuz it sounds polite, even better than U.S English. Thank you so much teacher, today I've learned something new about accents in the u.k... (kinda confusing, as far as I've noticed 😅). But I really appreciate the fact.👍\n\nYou're doing a great job, I am Lucky cuz somehow I have discovered this great channel. 👏👏\n\nGreetings & warm hugs From México.😎
Brad Halliday
As a man born and raised in Scotland, I properly loved this video. That was the most polite Scottish accent I've heard. Haahaa.
CHOUETTE
Interesting and really helpful video 👍🏻 this woman is a real teacher. Her sentence is crystal clear for non-English 😉
Caio Braz
I LOVE you! Great lesson
Cirugía de Mano
It is really very easy to learn english with this very lovely lady...
Claudia Meyer
Thank you very much. It's very interesting to know about the different accents in the UK. It's the same in Germany.From the north to the south . Merry Christmas and a happy New year. Greetings Form East Frisia, the North oft Germany. Moin,moin
Dan Kaverin
This pretty and sweet lady. Her british accent. I LOVED IT SO MUCH.
Deivid io
I see the Cockney accent is similar to Andaluz in Spain. They also avoid to pronounce the consonants.
Dixon Adair
Love this woman! Such clear explanations and such an earnest personality
Dr. Honey Trap - The Astrology Trap House
Born and raised in west London. I say water as \
Edgar Martínez
This lady is so polite. People shouldn't curse in the comments section. Show some respect.
Elhorla 1468
Oh my God I loved this video! I still have to improve my pronunciation so I will follow this channel! Thank you very much!
Eliana Herrera
This lady s so adorable. I need to learn british accent lol..
Enver Ahiska.TR.kz.
Hello well I am from turkey I am I study in England languages where she teacher is very good I have Frankie where to much congratulation for your teacher
Enzo Pedretti
Amazing accents!The video was really helpful to refine my knowledge .Thank you!!!
Fabi
A proper lesson! Thanks for sharing your knowledge
Gerardo Vasta
I've lived in South England for two years and I've experienced by myself what this ma'am is talking about . I came from Italy and, before moving to England (specifically, to Aylesbury, a small town in the heart of Buckinghamshire), I took several private lessons by a dear friend of mine, an old lady from Liverpool who has been living in my country for years. Totally different accent. Then, I moved to Oxford, beautiful city, culturally stimulating and open-minded (an important aspect if you're a foreigner, especially after Brexit...), and the english spoken by local people is very clear.
Gissell Dow
“Och! I fell in the loch!”\n\nThis lady is delightful. ❤️
Gloria Mundi
This was an interesting video. Even though I am English (from Newcastle) it still amazes me just how many accents and dialects there are even just in England alone! It's a shame she never tried imitating a Geordie accent, that would have been interesting to listen to although...perhaps it might have been difficult for her. Can't imagine the Geordie accent being very easy to understand or imitate for anyone who isn't one.
Good Nature
Love her & her generation. Please stay on & on. The planet needs u.
Graeme Roberts
I just love Gill! She's so cute.
HamSandwich
I speak with an American Standard/General Mid-Atlantic dialect.
Herminigilda Walang Dangal
*She looks like Queen Elizabeth*
Husna Kamaruzaman
I wish i got english teacher like her
Ibrahim Ahmed
Cup = coop it's the exact pronounciation in Arabic language
Imy
You are so sweet.
Isabella Bihy
My idea about the \
Iván Gómez
It is 00:00 pm and i am watching this. No regrets though 😁👌
Jakob Strand
This lady is so british my coffee turned into tea.
Jeffrey Huertas
she's a real good teacher she's so engaging without even trying her voice is also so soothing and she's very sweet I could watch her lessons all day ps I subscribed
Jennifer Murdock
She seems like a really sweet lady. :)
Jop Lin
Thank you so much teacher ☺
Joseph Gonzalez
Hello, could someone please explain the difference between a Sunderland accent and a Newcastle accent. Just because I definitely know there is a difference, but I can't work it out 😂😂, thanks.
Jude Mark
This was the best ever
Kadek Luna Channel
Thanks alot Mrs.Gill !! I wish that you got 1 Million subscribers !! People very need you to learn British Accent !! I like how you teaches us !! I LIKE YOUR VIDS !!! \u003c3
Ken David
Loved the English music since the alternative new romantic,our family loves the dignity the british exude. This lady is quite lovely, and informative
Khun Zhu Yui
The Queen English was too hard when i was learned it .. I got attracted to the British accent because in my school , we learn British languange plus a bit of American and i also love to watch Harry Potter series and the Queen movie~ When i heard they spoke in British way , it makes they sounds like a Noble , i know it looks hillarious and sounds like ridiculous but that is what i'm thinking \u003ev\u003c So people in Midlands tend to change U to OO !??
Kiiro Sagi
I want to speak like Ali G
Kris Kross
Who downvotes a video like this?? What is the thought process behind clicking thumbs down on a video about accents? Is it that you just think you're \
LL T
Great video. Actually, in Canada we have a lot of different accents. What you're saying about our accent is true of most people who were born and raised here in British Columbia, Canada. A lot of the other provinces have their own accent. \nThe States (USA) has even more different states than we have provinces and many of those states have their own accent. Everyone acting in US films/television has to learn to speak with the same accent. Even if you're from another Country. Canadian film/telvision often includes actors with their natural accents but that's just because mostly nobody else in the world watches our beautifully insane media.
Lawrence Bottorff
As an American, I understood RP is spoken by the \
Lysbelle Santos
She looks like the sweetest lady, she reminds me of the pink fairy godmother in sleeping beauty!
Mahardika Pitaloka
this lady is precious and must be protected
Mariola Owczarek
Madam, you are really fantastic, I love your classes. Thank you.
Martin Majewski
My teacher criticised me here in Germany back in secondary school for pronouncing th as f. With the knowledge earned from this video I could have argued to speak with a Cockney accent, instead of getting a lower grade! :-( Stupid teachers! :-D
Martin Quitugua
This lady really lowers my blood pressure for some reason.
Mary Roe
Your video is great :) I live in Nottingham, but I'm originally from Slovakia. When I came to England, I was very sad to hear how people talking. It was not English we learned in school. For me, it was very difficult understand. Actually, I don't like accent using in East Midlands. Like your example - (cup of tea - coop of tea.) I want to start English lessons. I will be very happy, if my teacher will have so nice English and will be so nice person like you are.
Maynssi
I’m a call center agent and i really need to know how UK people pronounce their words. Thank you so much for this!
Meghan K Workman
Hello! I'm American, and I just wanted to say I love your accent. It's so soothing.
Melissa Hayhurst
British drinking game: \nSip your tea whenever she says “RP”
Michael
Hello from Wales ! I know what you mean when you say that a barth or parth would be a step too far for you. I say bath and path also. Mind you, it's a shame you weren't around when Dick van Dyke produced the worst Cockney accent in the history of humanity when he starred in Mary Poppins. I myself went to grammar school in Carmarthen { I'm actually from Burry Port, 15 miles west of Swansea} from 1968 to 1974. We were given speech training for the first year of attendance but that was soon dispensed with. I like to flatter myself that I'm fairly literate but still talk like a hambone when in the company of locals. Mustn't allow oneself to become too pretentious. I leave that kind of crap to my ex wife !
Mim Moon
Also Gill, the word \
Mind Motion
every time i watch one of the videos in this channel while laying down on my bed, i tend to change my position and sit down properly. what a pleasant lady, she deserves all my respect and attention.
Miss Lyntheena
I always had Louis Tomlinson in my head.
Mrssewhardtoplease
Don’t quite know how I found you but I subscribed straight away because I find your presentation pleasant. I need a British accent in my life.
Nate Barrett
So soothing to listen to...
Reza Aulia Rahmawati
her smile is so precious. 💕\n\nthe way she explains is very clear and easy to understand.
Roberto C
I wanted to watch it only few seconds and she seduced me to watch her the entire video.
Sergey M
9:35 - this word sounds like a speech of Flat Eric from Mr. Oizo's track called Flat Beat (probably he is Cockney)
Silvia T
I appreciate this lesson very much. I have a degree in English but no teacher ever taught me about the different British accents. I find it very useful. Thank you.
Solby_Phan _
I’m from the East Midlands 😋
Soren Madsen
Scottish sounds kind of Scandinavian. Gotta love the Scots!
Stuart Gibbons
If you want to know West Country, just think Hagrid from Harry Potter.
Suga Stole My heart
It's like I'm in English class
Surma Sarkar
Very Helpful. Thank you
Tess Gonzalez
She sounds so friendly I just wanna give her a hug
Tobias Solem
Gill, you are wonderful. I now have this wish that I could've had you as a school teacher in another life. :)
Trance_World_Artists 2014
I can change my accent at the flick of a switch, from 100% posh English to 100% Cockney, sometimes I mix the two. basically my mum was from a posh English family so she spoke perfect English ( don't remember much of dad, he died when I was a kid), but I mixed with working class people as a young man so copied their mannerisms.
Wagner Limart
She is a amazing teacher. I am in love with her. Thanks a lot!!!
Waleed Askar
Lovely and well educated lady
Wendell Alves
Fantastic explanation.Thanks indeed lady.I am brazilian,also an english teacher and translator.In Brazil,most people have the american accent since americans have a big influence here,we're south americans and a few people worry about studing the phonetic of the english language that to me,is closer to the british accent.I kinda suffer a dilema at school sometimes coz my accent is british. Lol
X XMAN
Lovely to see you! :-)
Yer Maw Sells Council
I don't understand how this video has any dislikes. The woman is so lovely and she presents beautifully and clearly, the video is very intuitive. People need to stop hating.
Zepoloid Creative
Hello Gill, enjoyed watching your video and as a Scot, I realise you'd need tons of videos to really cover all accents and dialects.\n However, I'd like to mention, not all Scots say och or dinnae... these tend to be Dundee, Fife or Falkirk. \nI'm a Lanarkshire lad, who speaks 'lowland' Scots (which is more anglicised) and Glaswegians tend to be even broader than the Lanarkshire accent. \n However, I was brought up (brocht ip) learning words like \
Ziko Wac
Thank you luuuve😂Och I fell in the loch .Your way is really accessible and the flow of ideas is smooth I dont get bored while watching your videos.❤❤❤❤
amorbendici
You speaks a very good and pleasant english
bashpr0mpt
We all know it's more PC to say RP, but we all know that it's the Queen's English! :D
buszero1
How can anybody possibly give a thumbs down to this video? It's brilliant!
clemsonbloke
I love this lady, she seems so sweet. Would enjoy a cuppa tea with her! From America here.
flamencoprof
Fascinating. As a New Zealander, I can say I have Cockney L to W in spades, I say fuw for full, , coow for cool, etc. NZ also has a lot of contractions, such as wanna for want to, gunna for going to, and wadda for what do. Wadda you think?
hassan Algarbawie
Gorgeous lady
jorge diaz lopez
The most lovable english lesson I've ever had!!! And she's such a charming Lady.
manikandan revathi mohan
Thank you ma'am.. I'm from India. I like your classes. It's very useful to me
oreomonogatari
I'm in Sussex (South England) we speak a kind of mixture between RP and cockney, it's probably the most \
raspycellist
Much nicer than Henry Higgins ever was.
sota
wow I see so many resemblances in mid north east of England and Norwgian/old Norse language.
sweetie
You're so cute! I wanted to hug you 😍
szt1980
I bet Britain has more accents than the US do
uk 18ss
Wow..birmingham and midland/ northern r really something...
vavavovo vuvuvovo
I'm in England about 13 years and I'm really still struggling everyday to understand people because of different accent. I wish you were my first teacher it's really difficult to find such good teacher like you thank you so much for your videos 🤗🤗
аwolia
I live in Russia, this is the biggest country in the world and we all sounds the same\nBy sound you can't understand, this human from Moscow or from Vladivostok \nSo, how is it happen, that a little country (England) have so many dialects and accents?
طوق الياسمين
I loveee y and love the UK and its English 😍😍😍😍
서연paulina_dallantines
Thank you so much, I loved it! So helpful x