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So, while working on a new accent, you've come across a tricky word or phrase that feels impossible to 'get right'. Here's what to do:

1. Play with it. Be silly with it. This might mean, singing it, dancing it, putting on a comic voice. You'll soon find those tricky bits aren't so tricky after all.

2. Test it out in different imaginary situations. Speech rhythm changes, depending on whom you're talking to so difficult words or phrases will loosen up with experimentation.

Happy practising!


It's essential to work with original source material (native speaker recordings) when you're learning a new accent. Don't rely on second hand information.

The recordings of REAL people will help you understand how an accent operates as part of human speech. Plus, you'll adjust to character much more easily.

We've heard there's an app out there in app-land that helps you do that. Amazing luck.

Focus on learning individual sounds but don't forget that they're part of a living, breathing human being.

An accent is part of a character. Apply your knowledge about the person as you grapple with individual sounds.

Remember, accent is bound up with a person's identity (culturally, personally, emotionally). It's important to them.

#character #acting #accent101

Learning an accent is like learning a dance. Both involve training muscles to move in unfamiliar ways. In dance, you train your legs/feet to move in particular rhythmic patterns. With an accent, you train your lips/tongue to move in particular rhythmic patterns.

You wouldn't expect to perform a dance perfectly on the first go. So why expect immediate perfection when learning a new accent? Co-ordinating new muscle movements requires practise. Learning a new accent might take the same time as learning a new dance step.

Practice to make unfamiliar movements, familiar.

Often we hold our breath when trying to get an accent 'right'. Keep air flowing. Don't cut off oxygen to the brain.

So while you're working through a new accent, every so often, breathe down to your gut & release out a long calming ffffff sound.

You'll go through a couple of stages when learning a new accent:

1. The CONSCIOUS stage: thinking through each sound as you say it.
2. The UNCONSCIOUS stage: thinking about meaning/emotion/situation & letting the sounds manage themselves.

Some actors don't spend enough time in the CONSCIOUS stage so the accent slips and slides around.

You'll know the moment when character and accent merge without any of the sounds disappearing. Just don't force it too soon.

The media perpetuate the myth that some actors are better at accents than others. Not so, some people just spend extra time making it work. Learning an accent to the 'native' stage means hard graft.
It helps if you have the right tools though (hint: like our apps).

Learning a new accent is all about making a brain/ear/mouth connection.

Practise to: UNDERSTAND how the accent works (brain), HEAR the different sounds (ear), FEEL how your lips/tongue move (mouth). #accent101

We often hear people say, 'I'm no good at accents'. Not true. Everyone can learn. But be prepared for odd sounds at the start. It can take a while to perfect an accent (sound by sound, phrase by phrase). Don't lose heart in the initial stages. Persevere. #accent101

Don't give up on a new accent just because the sound you're trying out doesn't 'feel right' in your ear. That's part of the learning process. If you're recognising 'duff' sounds, GREAT, you're on your way. Keep practising. #accent101
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