Want to learn how to speak with an English accent?
OK, you've got your costume so now you're ready for the next step. "You can walk the walk, but can you talk the talk"?
Finding information on how to speak with an English accent is not an easy task. There are some websites that have some very weak information and most of these sites have EXACTLY the same limited information.
Now I am a big internet fan but there are some things that, in my opinion, just don't lend themselves to the internet. Reading a book for example. When I want to read a book I want to sit in my recliner with the book and read. I don't want to sit in front of my computer monitor and read page after page. Not relaxing, not fun.
In order to learn how to speak with an accent you need to study in a relaxed environment, not sit in front of your computer monitor.
You need to be able to read, and re-read certain sections to get the gist of them. You need to be able to read something, put the book down and try to say or remember the information (test yourself). Then look at the book and see if you were correct.
There is only one book, in my opinion, that is designed specifically to help you learn to speak with an English accent.
The book I found is actually written for "reenactors". If you want to learn to speak with an English accent then why not use the same book the people who are working at the faires have used to help them learn to speak with an accent?
The book is a softcover, is 108 pages and measures approximately 5 7/8" X 8 3/4" (for those of you on the metric side of the ocean, sorry)
As you can see from the Table of Contents (listed below), the book COVERS EVERYTHING.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I: ENGLISH AND THE RENAISSANCE
Background: The Language
Background: The Culture
Shakespeare and his Theatrical English
Numbers, measures and money
PART II: SPEAKING THE SPEACH
Points of Grammar
Points of Accent
Ignoring correct pronunciation
Some Words changed in pronunciation
The Really Hard Part
Hope for the Grammatically Impaired
Taking it to the Streets
PART III: VOCABULARIES
One hundred useful words for Reenactors
Fifty useful phrases for Reenactors
Food and Drink
Clothing and Textiles
Expletives and Exclamations
THESE AIN'T OKAY
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SUGGESTED READING
This is NOT an ebook. It's an actual book that you can hold in your hand so it must be shipped to you. It's over 100 pages and is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive book I have seen on the subject of speaking with an accent. Remember it is written for reeanactors to quickly and correctly learn how to speak with an accent. This book is used by some faires to train their employees and to get them "up to speed" quickly and without problems.
You can order "The Bard's English" here. Remember it will have to be shipped and that it will probably take a week or so to arrive.
This is an excerpt from the back cover:
"At last, under one cover, there is a comprehensive yet
thoroughly readable guide to the English language
spoken at the time of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and
Good Queen Bess herself. This
book sets a new high-water
mark in readability, usability, and scholarship, and is sure
to become the standard for actors, readers, and anyone
with an ear for English at its most glorious."
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