Reading a dialogue in a british accent.
October 4, 2009 2:02 PM   Subscribe

I need someone to record this dialogue in a british accent. Where/How?

I have an oral test this wednesday and practicing for it would be much easier if I had the chance to listen a native reading it.

I don't know a lot of people with that kind of accent and I don't want to bother them with this kind of thing so, I'm wondering, what alternatives do I have? Thanks.

It has to be RP/british because that's the english our course uses and evaluates. It doesn't need to be RP but it has to be clear/standard enough to pass as stereotypical british.
posted by Memo to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our house is happy to offer up its native Brit and can do it for you (and would be happy to) tomorrow, if another MeFite can't do it sooner!
posted by DarlingBri at 2:08 PM on October 4, 2009

Best answer: Sent - it's in your gmail!
posted by Augenblick at 2:22 PM on October 4, 2009

You need to be careful what you are asking for here: "British" could mean a Scottish, Welsh or Irish accent and even if you say "English" there are regional accents that are more different from RP than a typical American from US films or TV would be. So make sure you're asking for "Standard English or RP" when you find one.
If I had a microphone I'd do it for you right now but alas I don't.
posted by nowonmai at 2:24 PM on October 4, 2009

What nowonmai said. I'd offer but I'm Scottish. I think you need someone in England, probably Southern England.
posted by fire&wings at 2:27 PM on October 4, 2009

What the hell is that dialogue? Are you going to cut it up and rearrange it to make a "poison pen" phone call???
posted by mr. strange at 2:30 PM on October 4, 2009 [2 favorites]

(Also - I took RP to mean 'bbc news presenter from the 1920s' which is very definitely an English accent - for any future reference. Good luck!)
posted by Augenblick at 2:31 PM on October 4, 2009

Staffordshire (Midlands) accent here. Let me know if you want another to add to Augenblick's submission.
posted by arcticseal at 5:27 PM on October 4, 2009

Response by poster: DarlingBri: Much appreciated, thanks. :)

Augenblick: You rock, thank you!

mr. strange: I have no idea. The only explanation I have about the weirdness of the dialogue is that it's supossed to have most features of connected speech (like intrusive R in 'Australia all out'). I suspect that she took some examples and made them a dialogue without caring about context.

nowonmai and fire&wings: I was thinking about that when I added the note in my question but yes, I should've put it in the summary.

arcticseal: I'd be very thankful. The more samples I have, the more chances I get to listen all the features of speech the test is supposed to evaluate.

Thanks all!
posted by Memo at 5:50 PM on October 4, 2009

Best answer: I sent along a recording to your gmail address. My accent isn't quite RP but I don't have a strong regional accent (or so people tell me!) so it should hopefully be suitable.

Good luck with your test!
posted by badmoonrising at 6:10 AM on October 5, 2009

Response by poster: Thanks badmoonrising and Augenblick for your recordings. I got kinda nervous while I was recording but it was a lot better than last time thanks to them.
posted by Memo at 9:49 AM on October 12, 2009

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