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How To Do Standard English Accents: From Traditional RP to the New 21st-Century Neutral Accent Paperback – 1 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd; Pap/Com edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840029900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840029901
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you want to speak the right type of Standard English Accent for your play or character, this is only book for you. Another detailed, practical and witty dialect handbook from Jan and Edda. Brilliant! --Jeannette Nelson, Head of Voice, National Theatre

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Edda Sharpe is currently Visiting Dialect Coach for the RSC and Voice Associate at The Shaw Festival Theatre, Canada. As well as work for the RSC, West End and regional theatres, her more unusual clients include Ant and Dec, The Gorillaz, and (together with Jan) Gordon Ramsay. Edda was Head of Voice at e15 Acting School, and principal dialect teacher on the MA Voice Studies course at Central School of Speech and Drama. She has also provided accent coaching and training for Lamda, e15, Guildford, Arts Educational and Mountview theatre schools, as well as the University of Minnesota and Florida State University. Edda is also an accredited NLP Master Practitioner delivering high level training in leadership and communication skills to the private and public sector. Jan Haydn Rowles was Head of Voice and Dialect at Shakespeare's Globe (2007-2010). She has also worked on numerous productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse, the Almeida, Shared Experience, Manchester Royal Exchange, Birmingham Rep, the Salisbury Playhouse, Crucible Theatre Sheffield and in the West End. Jan's skills have also been employed on American and British films, radio and TV dramas, documentaries, and comedy series. She has provided accent coaching and teaching for Lamda, e15, Rose Bruford, Central School of Speech and Drama, Syracuse University and Florida State University. She also works as a voiceover artist.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By finkie chitalwise on 17 April 2014
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The book appears to be excellent and the clearest I have seen in its explanations and examples and I am really pleased with it. However, the web address for '[...]' is not available, stating that it is suspended. I don't know if this is permanent or if it has changed to another web site. Would appreciate response to this.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Zimmerman on 22 Mar. 2013
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I am an American living in the UK and regularly perform with my local am dram company. I bought this book to help me do a RP accent for a production. Admittedly, I have some advantages for learning the accent. I have been living in south east London for four years, and have an RP-speaking husband to coach me.

Nevertheless, this book was a big help. At first, I found it a bit intimidating (lots of scary diagrams of mouth shapes and air movement, and so many ways your pronunciation can go wrong), but that's because this book is the real deal: authoritative and comprehensive. It laid the groundwork for me to start learning properly. It was also a useful reference to turn to when my husband told me something 'sounded wrong' but he couldn't say why. There are lots of exercises. Particularly useful for me was the 'Top Tips for North Americans' feature. Naturally, the book includes access to MP3 files so that you can listen to samples.

Ultimately, I think I pulled off the accent. Certainly, I don't think I could have done any better without personal tuition from a professional dialect coach.
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I bought this book to help 'flatten' my regional accent to a 'near-modern RP' version, rather than learn other, more narrowly-defined forms of RP, so I can only comment on a limited part of the contents.

Although aimed at actors I found the section on modern RP to be both useful and interesting for my own purposes.
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I don't think you can ask for much more than this. Very good. Good tips.
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