1. How posh are you? When you say ‘house’, how does it come out ?
British accents range from cockney to fraightfully posh. A natural English voice with just a hint of posh sprinkled on it can do wonders to make your project sound authoritative. Great for corporate presentations, documentaries and general narration. Sometimes, though, going overboard on the posh factor can be fun.
The British in general love a cheeky cockney chappie. Most people born in London have it in them to swap to this accent – especially when talking to the great London Black Taxi drivers. A highland Scottish accent is lovely, but can be a bit broad for many people. ('China' is cockney rhyming slang for mate - china plate...)
4. How would you pronounce ‘Mr Cholmondeley-Featherstonehaugh’?
British English pronunciation (pronounced ‘pronunciation’, not ‘pronounciation’) is very quirky. A well-educated British voice is likely to get it right. ‘Beauchamp Place’, anyone?
5. How would you ask the way to Leicester?
A common mistake that those with English as a second language make is to be too direct. There are entire websites dedicated to the foibles of how vague and verbose British people can be. For example, look at the next question…
6. What do you mean when you say, "That’s a very interesting idea"?
We Brits are notorious for often not meaning exactly what we say. In business for example, ‘That’s disappointing’ means you have totally messed up and are fired. And ‘I only have a few minor comments’ means you should go back to your desk, tear up this garbage, set fire to it and start from scratch.
7. Do you think that A Very British Voice would enhance your project by making it sound authoritative but friendly with a hint of a smile?
Every month I create a daft reel on a different subject. Here’s a typical example.
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