What I Really Think of the R.P. Accent (honestly this time…)

When I make videos about the R.P. (Received Pronunciation) accent, people tend to get upset. I think that’s because some people feel like I am being critical of the way they have learnt to speak English – but is that really so? Or am I just observing subtle realities in language and the voice that the great majority of people cannot hear themselves?

In 2013 I made lots of videos about the R.P. accent that […]

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Greensleeves

‘Greensleeves’ was a popular song in Tudor England. I have known this song since I was a child and I often find myself humming along to its tune. If you have lived in England, you may also recognise this tune from the music that is played by some ice cream vans as they drive around trying to catch the attention of children!

‘Greensleeves’ is sometimes said to have been written by King Henry VIII of […]

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How Tone of Voice Can Lie

Did you ever talk to an English person and get confused because what they were saying to you didn’t quite seem to make sense? – Perhaps you encountered one of the sophisticated liars of England who make use of tone of voice and speaking style to appear nice, professional or kind when telling you something that doesn’t quite make sense and often means the opposite.

The sophisticated liars of England are […]

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London Under Bombardment (Poem)

London Under Bombardment by Greta Briggs. Featuring a selection of photographs of London from the late Victorian Era to the Blitz Period.

The poem personifies the spirit of London who stands indomitable despite the fall of bombs during the Blitz (bombing of London during the Second World War).

I, WHO am known as London, have faced stern times before,
Having fought and ruled and traded for a thousand years and more;
I knew the Roman legions and the […]

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Why Is It Hard to Make Friends with English People?

Answering a question about why it may be hard to make friends with English people.

Points covered in the video include:

  • Who upper middle class people make friends with
  • How working class people feel about making friends with migrants
  • People who have a heart’s desire to live in England
  • Migrants who fully assimilate
  • Migrants who reject British culture and never assimilate

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Posh Girls’ Names (UK)

What girls’ names are posh in the UK? Find out the poshest girls’ names in Britain and how to pronounce them…


TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON: CLICK HERE.

 Download High Quality Audio: CLICK HERE.

15 POSH GIRLS’ NAMES:

Ottilie
Tilda
Iona
Annabel
Mimi
Bea
Cressida
Arabella
Zara
Kitty
Imogen
Eliza
Isadora
Lettie
Clementine

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10 Cockney Insults

Cockney is an exceptionally coarse and vulgar dialect of English. All the insults in the video below are offensive and most definitely not politically correct.

1. Little sod – naughty boy. Origin from sodimist.
2. Plonker – idiot or stupid person.
3. Dyke – lesbian.
4. Nonce – sexually perverted person who is turned on by sex acts with children or animals.
5. Nutter – crazy person.
6. Old git – miserable old man. Git has a similar meaning to […]

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Unusual Names for Girls (Hippy Names)

What are the unusual names for girls that may be chosen in the UK? Here’s a list of hippy and magical names for baby naming inspiration…


TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON: CLICK HERE.

 Download High Quality Audio: CLICK HERE.

35 Hippy and Magical Names for Girls’ UK:

Avalon
Agartha
Inanna
Isolde
Tatiana
Vesta
Ether
Luna
Selene
Sage
Sable
Althea
Aria
Astrid
Samsara
Gaia
Maia
Maya
Pandora
Sorrel
Genesis
Ambrosia
Tali
Jasper
Jet
Wren
Veda
Rowan
Oonagh
Arcadia
Lani
Enfys
Lemuria
Shaylee
Faylinn

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Most Populous Cities in The UK

What are the biggest cities in the UK? Find out the population size and learn how to pronounce the most populous cities in the United Kingdom…


TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON: CLICK HERE.

 Download High Quality Audio: CLICK HERE.

TOP TEN MOST POPULOUS CITIES (UK):

London
Manchester
Birmingham
Leeds & Bradford
Glasgow
Liverpool
Southampton & Portsmouth
Newcastle & Sunderland
Sheffield
Bristol
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Posh VS Cockney Jane Austen (Old Video)

Here’s an old video filmed while I was living in Dubai. Let me know in a comment which acting you like more – posh or cockney!

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Posh Boys’ Names (UK)

What first names are trendy and posh for boys in the UK? Find out posh boys names and learn IPA…


TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON —> CLICK HERE.

 Download High Quality Audio 8MB: CLICK HERE.

Trendy Posh Boys’ Names UK

Badger
Felix
Cosmo
Jago
Zebedee
Noah
Isaac
Rafferty
Casper
Aeneas
Ossian
Marcus
Peregrine
Gideon
Ilan
Horatio
Tobias
Otis
Guy
Roland
Jacob
Benedict
Piers
Theo
Crispin


Do you know any posh boys’ names that are not on my list? Leave a comment below…

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What do British People Eat?

The most common foods eaten in Britain and their cost in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON —> CLICK HERE.

Download High Quality Audio 8MB: CLICK HERE.

Typical groceries purchased in the UK 2014:

sliced white bread
doughnuts
frozen pizza
beef mince
ham
canned tuna
semi skimmed milk
mature cheddar
eggs
margarine
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Top 30 Pet Names UK 2014

Top Ten British pet names in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON —> CLICK HERE.

Most common names for cats and dogs UK 2014:

Bella
Poppy
Alfie
Charlie
Lola
Bailey
Buddy
Milo
Ruby
Daisy
Max
Teddy
Oscar
Rosie
Molly
Dexter
Archie
Marley
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Top 10 British Girls Names Past and Present

Top Ten British girls names and their meanings past and present. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON —> CLICK HERE.

2014 Top 10 British Girls’ Names
Sophia
Emily
Lily
Olivia
Amelia
Isla
Isabella
Ava
Sophie
Chloe

1994 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Emma
Emily
Sophie
Amy
Jessica
Hannah
Charlotte
Jade
Rebecca
Lauren

1954 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Jane
Elizabeth
Ann
Carol
Patricia
Janet
Margaret
Christine
Linda
Susan

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Top 30 British Surnames and Their Meanings

Most Common Surnames in Britain and their pronunciation…

TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON —> CLICK HERE.

Most Common British Surnames 2014

1 Smith
2 Jones
3 Taylor
4 Williams
5 Brown
6 Davies
7 Evans
8 Wilson
9 Thomas
10 Roberts
11 Johnson
12 Lewis
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