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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The words "accent" and "dialect" have the same meaning.

What does "RP" stand for?

What percentage of the UK population speaks with an RP accent?

People who have been to university in Oxford or Cambridge are more likely to speak with an RP accent.

The Cockney accent originates from:

The word "estuary" in "Estuary English" refers to:

If someone speaks with a "glottal stop", they often omit which consonant or sound?

People in the Midlands and North of the UK tend to pronounce "bath" and "path" in a similar way to people in America and Canada.

In Scottish dialect, the statement "Ah dinnae ken" means:

If a Scottish person says "aye", what do they mean?


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82 Comments on “Learn British accents and dialects – Cockney, RP, Northern, and more!”


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Good morning Gill ! I’m watching the lesson now and I think it’s wery usefull even for me – who is don’t no English wery well. Thank you Gill for the lesson very mach !!!! And I’d like a grand-mother like you ! ) But I haven’t. ( You are one of the Best teacher of EngVid.com !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 30th 2016

‘morning Gill, you quoted a famous line said by John McEnroe, tha one and only God of tennis! Hence I love you even more!!

Saturday, April 30th 2016

It is really worth watching your useful educative Videos.

Saturday, April 30th 2016

Indeed, I like this lesson as well as previous one about ‘history of English’. It’s really interesting! And it’d be great if you continue making video like these.
Thanks.

Saturday, April 30th 2016

I get 100 %. every day i learn more English with engvid, thank you so much..

Saturday, April 30th 2016

    Hi elner31 ! ) I thin you “learn more English with engvid” becouse here are the Best teachers in the world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Saturday, April 30th 2016

Thank you Gill, I really enjoyed your last two lessons, this one about English accents in UK and the previous one regarding English language history.

Saturday, April 30th 2016

As a teacher of English, I found this lesson extremely useful. Now I have a clearer idea of regional differences in English in the UK, and I know what to tell my students if they ask why is the English they learn so different from what they really hear.

Saturday, April 30th 2016

Thank you Gill for a fascinating lesson. I love English and now thanks to you I will be able to understand more watching films in original. I also have one question. I was taught that we pronounce the Scottish word loch ( lok ).When do we use it that way ? Thanks a lot.

Saturday, April 30th 2016

    Hi katarinapol — thanks for your question :-) Most non-Scottish people pronounce it /lok/, so it sounds exactly the same as the word ‘lock’.

    Sunday, May 8th 2016

Very-very interesting! Before, I struggled with my incorrect pronunciation, but now I know – it is simply a Cockney-accent))) Fank You great big!
But seriously, the lesson was wonderful. I would like to see You more often, Your lessons are the best for me. And yet You have excellent pronunciation, which begs the question: do You treat the 3% of “RP-people”, or in the UK most of the talking as You?

Saturday, April 30th 2016

    Thank you for your kind words, Platonov :-) My accent is quite close to RP, but with a slight East Midlands accent (from about 120 miles north of London). My accent gradually changed when I moved to London many years ago, but it hasn’t changed completely. So I’m not sure if I belong to the 3% population of RP speakers or not!

    Sunday, May 8th 2016

Interesting and very informative. Thank you Gill!!

Saturday, April 30th 2016

Thank you Gill for the great and unique lesson about different accents in Britain.

Saturday, April 30th 2016

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Sunday, May 1st 2016

    It’s easy to explain. When you stop visiting these kind of sites, they will disappear from the pages you visit. Each programmer knows it. Good luck.

    Saturday, May 21st 2016

Thank you very much Gill!!
I speak English with a Spanish accent, or as we called here in Spain “Spanglish” ;)

Sunday, May 1st 2016

Hello every one,
I just started with engvid and I am so happy about this.

Sunday, May 1st 2016

“Do you want to drink in a cup or in a mug?”. I like this part of the lesson. I´m never sure if I´ve got a Canadian or an American accent, though I find the European ones really classy. Yours is classy! I´ve also noticed that accents and dialects change according to the enviroment we´re in. These tips on culture and pronunciation are going to be very useful for me, no doubt. Thanks, teacher Gill. Take care.

Sunday, May 1st 2016

I sought for the quizzes, but didn’t find. Wouldn’t you mind to help me to find them. I’m eago to do all of them,just for sport!
Thank you in advance.

Sunday, May 1st 2016

    Hi Emanuel — just scroll up from here, and you’ll see three tabs: Comments / Quiz / Share. I hope you enjoy trying the quizzes :-)

    Sunday, May 8th 2016

i want to contuct to teacher. and talk to face

Sunday, May 1st 2016

Unless a non-native speaker of English (student or teacher) lives in an English-speaking country or environment, they won’t have any true English accent -only a mix of RP with their mother tongue’s accent. We can only imitate the accents we hear in English or try to clear our English of strong native accent in our aspiration to sound clear and understandable.

Sunday, May 1st 2016

Awesome lesson! Thank you so much, Gill!
I got 90.

I find pretty hard to understand Susan Boyle, she’s Scottish. I just can’t get the words. I learned how to speak like an American and write in their way, so it’s pretty difficult for me to change to another accent. I would love to develop my British accent, I find it beauTIful. :D

Bye, Gill!
Till the next video.
Be well!

Sunday, May 1st 2016

*I learned to speak like an American…

Sunday, May 1st 2016

Good information

Monday, May 2nd 2016

Thank you, Gill

Monday, May 2nd 2016

I have the question. As I was thought at school, all nouns in English must be modified, it’s the feature of good inelegant English, so how can I modify any uncountable nouns all the time, sometimes it’s difficult to figure out something reasonable?

Monday, May 2nd 2016

British accents are very various.. but is’s funny!

Monday, May 2nd 2016

Thank you cheacher Gil, I like to know why in English sometimes you write (Y) in verbs like “worry” as example” I am worried” and in some cases you keep (Y) as in “Play” you say “I played”, why??? there a rule?’I see that in some examples we change “y” “ie”

Monday, May 2nd 2016

    Sorry, I am Crazy, hhhhh I would write “Teacher” in this way not in the other , I am soo sorry to that,native peoples, hhh

    Monday, May 2nd 2016

Thanks for sharing this video Gill . This has been helpful a lot . The more I get to know about the way brits talk the more I get dazzled by its charm . Wanna watch more videos pertaining to british culture . Thanks again .

Monday, May 2nd 2016

What a great lesson Ma’am! I really appreciate it. The most beautiful accent in English is RP but i think the Scottish one is too difficult as if it’s a language not an accent . Looking forward to your new lessons.

Monday, May 2nd 2016

    Sorry, i mean a dialect

    Monday, May 2nd 2016

Miss Marple … or Mrs.Hudson from”The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”.I am sorry.
This is the great and useful lesson.Thank you!

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Thanks Gill for this lesson about differences in accents and dialects in the regions of the UK!

Now, when I can’t understand some accent/dialect, I will ask the person to speak differently :-) Meanwhile, I will try to learn some other pronunciations and words in English, commons to these accents and dialects.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Excellent Teacher

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Hello Gill! Thanks for this lesson. I think that a very important part of learnng a new language, it is not only the language itself, but the culture and this kind of issues as well.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

    I totally agree with you, because it’s mpossible to comprehend any language without knowledge about its country history, culture, peoples’ mentality

    Saturday, May 14th 2016

Thanks for the lesson, it was very helpful! Just interesting, am I the only one who gladly squealed, when he heard the David Tennant’s name?)
*whovian in me so happy*

Thursday, May 5th 2016

I want to perfect in English language within short time

Friday, May 6th 2016

I wonder which accent Jude Law has, though???

Friday, May 6th 2016

Thank you very much Grill. I never know before about brttish accents. That it’s interesting to learn how to pronunciation.
i will keep learning from your video.

Saturday, May 7th 2016

Dear Gill, thank you for this lovely, insightful lesson.

Thursday, May 12th 2016

Thank you for this awesome lesson, Gill!
It was really interesting to learn about English accents. I started to understand what accents I hear while watching TV programms or Britain movies. I noticed that Britain people pay great attention to accents and they always know the part of the UK where an accent carrier lives.
I can’t say the same situation here in Russia, we pay much less attention to accents.

Saturday, May 14th 2016

Your description of “accent” I would agree, but the description of “dialect” is very inadequate. Dialect is much more than “spelling of words, etc.) dialect is a local or regional language variety. It may be different from other dialects as well as the default language (originally written language) in all language areas. Dialect has his own phonology (~accent), word diffraction ( morphology), vocabulary (lexis), sentence structure (syntax) and idiomatic expressions.

Saturday, May 14th 2016

    sorry, here we study general information. For the further info you have to consult a prof of Linguistics in the university where you are from. that’s not interesting to the rest of us. Best wishes.

    Saturday, May 21st 2016

Lovely!Thank you Gill.

Monday, May 16th 2016

Such a wonderful lesson. Love teaching pronunciation.Thanks for the information.

Monday, May 16th 2016

Hi Gill:) I love your video! Thank you so much!

Monday, May 16th 2016

Sweet as ever….! Thank you Gill….!

Wednesday, May 18th 2016

Gill you are spectacular teacher, tks for your great job…

Thursday, May 26th 2016

hi gill after greater i have a question tell me the accent English
i only wait your answer

Friday, May 27th 2016

hi gill i need download this lesson what can i do to download

Friday, May 27th 2016

Its very interesting. Very useful! Thank you so much x

Monday, May 30th 2016

Thanks a lot, Gill!
The accents really puzzled me a lot as for their differences and characteristics!
What about “Queen’s English”, please — is that also a RP or can be categorized into other accents?
Thanks! :D

Monday, May 30th 2016

Thank you.

Thursday, June 2nd 2016

Thank you Mrs.Gill

Friday, June 3rd 2016

Hi Gill this is very useful lesson in my IELTS listening test preparation. Warm regards!

Saturday, June 4th 2016

thanks you teacher !

Monday, June 6th 2016

Quite interesting again, Gill! Thank you for the lesson. I have always wanted to learn about this subject. In Brazil, which is a large country, there are a lot of different accents. In Rio, where I live, our strongest accent is the letter “s”, that we pronounce like “sh”, like the European pronunciation. I personally think that accents have to do with migration and level of education.
I also know that in East End, in London, you use the “rhyming slang”. For instance, “loaf of bread” means “head”, “bee and honey” means “money” and “dog and bone” means “telephone”. It is rather funny!
Finally, I would like to mention that in Brazil the newsreaders used to use the RP (we say “standard language” here”) as well, but since some years ago a lot of them have begun to use their own accent beside slang, probably in order to become more popular.

Sunday, June 12th 2016

It is a very useful lesson. Thanks a lot.

Monday, June 13th 2016

thank you, i love to learn . God bless

Tuesday, June 14th 2016

I like the cockney,but i need to practice it all the time..i want to speak like a british

Friday, June 17th 2016

Thanks so much.. :) Very useful lesson.

Monday, June 20th 2016

Thank you very very much Gill

Friday, June 24th 2016

Hello, Gill.
Could you please answer the question I got after I had watched your lesson. In England people receive the proper education and they do know how to spell words correctly. But they don’t. Do they just follow the tradition or there is something else about it?
Thank you, Nastya

Wednesday, June 29th 2016

I love cockney accent.

Wednesday, July 6th 2016

Hello Ms.Gill,thank you for teaching ,my question is, what difference is between pronunciation of an Oxford and Cambridge,
Thank you again,
Kind Regards,
Aliasghar.Soleimani

Wednesday, July 13th 2016

May god bless you teacher…thank you for being a good teacher

Thursday, July 28th 2016

Dear teacher, can you help me to speak in Scottish accent? ? I just begin to learn English. I need your help. Please help me

Friday, July 29th 2016

Hello Gill. It was so interesting lesson. I didn’t know (how “ah dinnae ken” changes past tense?) there are that many accents and dialects in the UK, so I still cannae be perfect with English. It’ll take long long time.
Thank you for the lesson, ta-tah :)

Friday, August 5th 2016

A very interesting lesson Gill. Thank you so much indeed. I just want to ask you about “Flat Vowels” what does it mean when someone describes their vowels as being flat?

Sunday, August 21st 2016

Hi Gill, as usual a very interesting lesson. I was surprised to hear that the Midland’s version of cup/mug and up is coop/moog en oop. This is very similiar to Dutch! kop/mok/op. Same pronunciation!

Sunday, August 21st 2016

This is the lesson What I have been looking for. Thank you mam.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016

Hello Mdm Gill, could you please explain why only 3 percent of people in the UK speak with an RP accent?

Saturday, October 15th 2016

Thank you teacher. You are best, I love you :)

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

is a lovely teacher

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

    so good teacher

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

great information

now I can recognize the differences between English countries.

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016

I would love to thank you for the lesson as it helped me find out eventually what was wrong with my pronunciation. I think those gluttony sounds like with a word matter can actually make a big difference.

Monday, November 28th 2016

Thank you.

Sunday, December 4th 2016
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