Originally Posted by sloaney
Can anyone suggest what I can do (attend a class, etc) to learn to speak with a proper British accent and also improve/deepen my voice?
My new year resolution (a bit cheesy I know) is to improve myself:
a) get into better shape b) wear better quality clothes c) have a better social life
Well, first of all, WHAT is a proper British accent? The BBC
accent? That is equivalent to the "General American" (for you colonial types
) in that it is as flat and regionless as possible.
Funny thing is that due to how I grew up and where my grandmother is from, I come close to that (at least for people that are not native English speakers from the UK) but it is immediately apparent to someone from that side of the pond that I am not local
per se. Caveat emptor I'd say there.
SO my questions are:
Where are you from
Where are you located?
What would you think of as an improvement to your voice?
Do you mean improve your voice or your patterns of speech?
If you are indeed from somewhere outside the UK and especially the USA do please please PLEASE do not try to adopt a "British accent". Not only will it look pretentious and off-putting - it is highly likely that anyone who knows what accent patterns are in the UK will consider you an unadulturated tool and daft poseur.
Reminds me of an old friend of my wife's I met after he had been out of the USA for a long time. He had this weird accent when he spoke, sort of germanic but more weird than anything else. As I suspected he was just a yankee trying to sound exotic. Typical.