Ever wanted to speak and sound intelligent, but make sure that no one knew where you were from? This might occur in a situation when you are working as an agent. The following can be very helpful for masking your origins and creating a intelligent facade.
[Y]ou get the accent in one of three ways:
- Learn the accent on purpose (actors used to do that).
- Grow up or live on both sides of the Atlantic (but that can lead to even stranger accents, like those of Loyd Grossman and Madonna).
- Pick it up at a top boarding school in America before the 1960s.
Transatlantic English goes something like this:
- Start with a mainstream American accent.
- Drop your r’s at the end of words, like in “fear” and “winner”.
- Say all your t’s as t’s not d’s (like in “water” and “butter”).
- Use RP (British) vowels. So “dance” becomes “dahns”.