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Don’t miss Aaron Murphy in ‘Arcadia’

Aaron Murphy in “Arcadia”

Congratulations to Paul’s long-time client, Aaron Murphy, who just opened in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, a production of Shotgun Players in Berkeley, California. Aaron and Paul had a great session finding Bernard Nightingale’s “idiolect,” or dialect specific to his character. In this case, it was the precise shade of Received Pronunciation (RP) needed. (For more on idiolects, see Paul’s latest podcast.)

Here’s what The San Francisco Chronicle had to say: “Aaron Murphy as latter-day Byron scholar Bernard Nightingale makes his character’s undisciplined ideas, his parade of aphorisms and allusions, his casual hauteur, his even more casual lust for every woman in his field of vision into a one-man fireworks display of gesticulations. Everything reels him, strikes him, hobbles him, springs him back to life with preposterously redoubled vigor. He gives his scene partners gifts, making an exchange meaningful and important not through what Bernard initiates, but by how he witnesses, absorbs and reflects what others put forth.”

Aaron’s opening follows on his recent success as Leontes in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival in northern California. Paul and Aaron’s work centered on the heightened language.

Aaron: “Paul’s coaching is so valuable it’s become an integral part of my show preparation. For Winter’s Tale, I met with Paul well before rehearsals started so that I was going in with text clarity, so that the directors had me at my best from day one.”

Thanks, Aaron, and best of luck with your current run of Arcadia, which continues through January 6.

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Congrats to Julia Whelan!

Julia Whelan

Congratulations to Julia Whelan! She recently won a Voice Arts Award, from the Society of Voice Arts. Julia won in the category of Audiobook Narration: Author Performance, Best Voiceover, for My Oxford Year.

Julia was a guest on the March episode of Paul’s In a Manner of Speaking podcast. Listen to that podcast episode here. And check out Julia’s book here.

In accepting the award, Julia said, “Thanks to the brilliant Paul Meier for saving me when I went to him and said, ‘I’ve written myself into a corner with this book. I’ve got 15 characters in need of regional British accents, and I can do, maybe, three.’ And he sorted me out.”

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Learn about idiolects in latest podcast

Amy Stoller

Dialect coaches spend a huge amount of their time cataloguing dialects and accents by geographic area. So how do idiolects fit into our understanding of an individual’s speech patterns? Find out in the December edition of Paul’s In a Manner of Speaking podcast. This month Paul interviews Amy Stoller. In addition to being a renowned dialect coach and designer, Amy is an IDEA associate editor and creator of the Stoller System. See her website to appreciate the full range of her work.

To hear this month’s podcast, click here, or visit the podcast on iTunes by searching for “Paul Meier’s In a Manner of Speaking.” An RSS feed is also available.

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Holiday sale now underway!

Our annual holiday sale of Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen began during the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend and will continue through January 1. During that time, the print version (with CDs) of ADSS will be available at 25% off. That’s just $74.95 instead of the usual $99.95. Click here to order.

The iTunes ebook version is also 25% off! To purchase that, search iTunes’ ebooks/iBooks store for “Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen” or go here. The ebook compilation gives you the same material that’s found in the print book (with CDs), PLUS an extra dialect: Jamaican. The book is compatible with Apple mobile devices and your Mac computer, but not your Windows computer. If you need an accent or dialect ebook for use with your Windows computer, you will need to order an individual Windows ebook (one accent or dialect) from this page for $24.95.

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‘ADSS’ holiday sale coming soon

Starting the day after Thanksgiving (November 23) and running through January 1, we’ll be offering Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen at 25% off. That’s just $74.95 instead of the usual $99.95. You can purchase the printed book (with CDs) here. The iTunes ebook version will also be discounted by 25 percent, but to purchase that, you will need to visit iTunes.

If you prefer to purchase the book on Amazon, go here. Although we are unable to offer the holiday discount on Amazon, keep in mind that Amazon has announced it will offer free shipping in certain markets, which could save you up to $13 in shipping costs. And if you’re in Europe, purchasing the book on might be your cheapest option. So regardless of your purchase method, Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen is going to be a great bargain for you during this holiday season!

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October podcast now online

Check out October’s “In a Manner of Speaking” podcast. Paul’s guest this month is Jim Johnson, who is an IDEA associate editor, a professor and director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, and founder of AccentHelp. Paul and Jim talk about dialects and accents, dialect-sample gathering, dialects on stage and in film, and accents and dialects in life.

Jim Johnson

You can listen to the October podcast and all the previous podcasts here. They are also available on iTunes. And you can subscribe by RSS feed on this website.

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One day remains on ADSS iTunes discount

Just one day remains for the special sale on the iTunes ebook version of Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen. The $59.99 price will revert to its usual $99.99 tomorrow (September 5). The iTunes ebook features all 24 accents and dialects contained in the print book plus all the sound files found on the CDs. And the ebook version contains an additional dialect: Jamaican. Although we intend to offer sales on this and other products in the future, this is the LAST time we will be able to offer ADSS at this low price. Click here or simply search your iTunes iBooks store for Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen.

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For our customers in Europe

If you’re in Europe (and especially England), we have good news for you. As you probably know, many non-European businesses were booted off earlier this year by mistake because of new European tax legislation. But the issues have been resolved, and we are now again able to sell on! Ordering through that site is by far the cheapest option if you want to purchase the four print/CD products that we sell there: Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, Dialects of the British Isles and Ireland, The Standard British English Dialect, and The General American Dialect. Though you can purchase those items from this site directly and also through, buying them on will save you lots of money and time in shipping. Thanks again for your patience while we resolved this issue.

Please keep in mind that these products are also available as both Windows/Mac ebooks and iTunes ebooks. And, of course, if you order them in that format, you get them immediately and without having to pay shipping. For all the products we offer, see our main product page.



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September podcast now online

Paul’s latest In a Manner of Speaking podcast is now online on the main podcast page. September’s edition is all about phonetics and the weird way words are spelled in the English language. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the podcast, via RSS feed, you can do so by clicking “subscribe” in the widget on the right. The podcast is also available on iTunes.

This podcast also features a PDF transcript. We highly recommend downloading that, so you can follow the phonetics. It is available here.

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‘ADSS’ iTunes ebook on sale

To benefit college students starting their fall semester, we’re running a special sale on the iTunes ebook version of Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, which features all 24 accents and dialects contained in the print book plus all the sound files found on the CDs. And the ebook version contains an additional dialect: Jamaican. It’s 40 percent off, which brings the price from $99.99 down to $59.99. Although we intend to offer sales on this and other products in the future, this is the LAST time we will be able to offer ADSS at this low price. The sale runs through September 5. Click here or simply search your iTunes iBooks store for Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen.

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July podcast: Happy birthday, IDEA!

The July edition of Paul’s “In a Manner of Speaking” podcast has just been released, and it’s all about IDEA! Specifically, the podcast celebrates the 20th anniversary of the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), which Paul founded back in the summer of 1998. Check it out on the main podcast page, or on the individual episode page. And don’t forget to subscribe. (If you previously subscribed to the RSS feed, please be advised that we upgraded the feed. So we strongly suggest deleting your old feed and subscribing to the new one to avoid broken links. You can also now link the podcast to your iTunes.)

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June podcast features David Crystal

Paul’s new In a Manner of Speaking podcast for the month of June has just been posted. This month Paul welcomes David Crystal, one of the world’s most famous linguists and the leader of the modern movement we call OP: Original Pronunciation of Shakespeare’s works. David explains the fascinating linguistic subfield called Pragmatics. Click here to listen to it on the main podcast page. An RSS feed is also available.

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David Crystal debuts revised ‘Shakespeare’s Words’

Renowned linguist and Shakespeare expert David Crystal — with whom Paul has worked extensively on Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation — has just debuted his revised Shakespeare’s Words website, along with his son and fellow Shakespeare guru Ben Crystal. Congrats to both David and Ben on this wonderful web tool. The book version was published in 2002 by Penguin Books and is available for purchase here.

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Check out the April podcast

The April In a Manner of Speaking podcast is now online (with an RSS feed coming soon). In this episode, Paul talks with guests Sera-Lys McArthur (a mixed-race Canadian actress) and Eric Armstrong (professor of theatre at York University in Toronto). While the speech of indigenous people (particularly those of North America) is the broad topic, Eric and Paul also talk at length about the politics and ethics of dialect work in theatre and film, and of the gathering of dialect samples from indigenous speech donors.


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Welcome to our new (and improving) site

Welcome to the (slightly) new As you can see, we’ve made some visual and functional changes to improve the site. We’ve also moved to a much better (and faster) server. Most of the visual changes were made to simply keep up to date with modern website themes and guarantee the functionality of our site moving into the future. The structure and navigation is virtually identical to the previous site, but you will now notice that the Shakespeare and OP page is located under the “Coaching” tab on the menu bar.

Speaking of the menu bar, we’re still improving that for mobile devices. We’re confident that when we’re finished in the coming days, the site will look much better than it did on your phone and tablet.

Thanks to our webmaster, Dylan Paul, who designed both this site and the previous version.

Perhaps the best news is that our free IPA charts (our most popular feature) can now be seen and used in all browsers. Because they incorporate Flash, they had previously been unviewable in certain browsers, such as Firefox.

Thanks for your patience as we make some final corrections and tweaks in the coming days. And if you’re one of Paul’s clients, you can rest assured that your private, password-protected page will always be secure and user-friendly. If you encounter any missing files or outdated pages over the next couple of days, we’d ask that you bear with us as we make the final adjustments. But, of course, feel free to e-mail us at if you have questions or concerns.

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Paul begins monthly podcast

February marks the beginning of Paul’s new (free) monthly podcast. Titled In a Manner of Speaking, it will address just about any topic related to the spoken word and will often feature special guests talking with Paul about the subject of the month. This month’s edition features a brief introduction to the podcast itself, followed by a discussion of Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation (the dialect of English spoken in the late 1500s and early 1600s). Check it out here and subscribe to our RSS feed!

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Paul reflects on his life and career

Paul was recently invited, along with other leading figures in the voice and speech world, to write an essay titled My Journey to Now, for The Voice and Speech Review. You can read that article here. Paul talks about his entire adult life and his career, including what inspired him to found Paul Meier Dialect Services (PMDS) and the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA).

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Staging “A Christmas Carol”? Paul can help.

Regardless of which version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol your theatre is staging, Paul can help! His unique and comprehensive dialect study includes a reading of Dickens’ entire novella (divided into five sound files, one for each stave), plus in-depth dialect analysis of all 36 speaking characters. For $349, your entire cast have access to more than 40 streaming-audio files for the duration of your rehearsals and performances. Click here for details and to listen to free examples of Paul’s recordings.

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NY’s Drama Book Shop turning 100

New York City’s famous Drama Book Shop is turning 100 years old next month. If you’re in New York on October 2, check out their open-house centennial celebration. It will run from 2 to 10 p.m. and will include special guests, performances, and refreshments.

The store is located at 250 West 40th Street, #1, and has been offering theatre and film scripts and other performance-related titles since 1917. Drama Book Shop has carried Paul Meier Dialect Services products for years. (We’re very grateful!) 

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Sale July 3-7: American dialects half-off

To celebrate Independence Day, Paul is offering his six American dialects at HALF PRICE from July 3 through July 7. The Windows/Mac ebooks and print book/CD versions of General American, South Boston, New York, American Southern, Deep South, and Downeast New England are all just $12.45 instead of the usual $24.95.  (Postage still applies for the print book/CD versions.) And Paul’s ebook package, Dialects of the United States, is selling for $24.95 instead of its usual $49.95. (That is available as an ebook only, not in print/CD.)

Please note that this sale is for items on only, NOT on the iPhone/iPad/iPodtouch versions sold on iTunes. Also please note that the ebook versions sold on this site are compatible with Windows and Mac systems but NOT with Apple mobile devices.

Go to All Accents & Dialects and browse the products, taking note of the green “sale” sticker.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Free video previews now online

If you’d thought about purchasing one of Paul’s dialect/accent products but wanted to browse the product before buying to make sure it was right for you, you’re now in luck! We’ve just added free video previews to individual product pages. To see one for Scottish, for example, click here.

Most of the products now have their own video, and we’ll be working over the next few days to add videos for all the rest. The videos walk you through the Windows/Mac ebook versions, but they are useful even if you’re thinking of buying the print book (with CD) or the iTunes version, as the material is essentially the same regardless of format.

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Two new iTunes ebooks for sale

dialects-of-the-british-isles-screenshot-1Paul is happy to announce two new iTunes ebooks. Dialects of the British Isles and Ireland, which was previously available only as a print book with CDs, is now for sale on iTunes for $49.99. That’s the same price as the print book, but without the shipping cost and wait. It contains nine dialects of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The second ebook, Dialects of the United States, was previously available only as a Windows/Mac ebook. It’s now also for sale on iTunes for $49.99. It contains six American dialects.

dialects-of-the-united-states-screenshot-1The ebooks are compatible with Mac computers and also Apple mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. They open in iBooks. For a full description of the products (and to access the iTunes links), click the links above. Or simply search your iTunes library for the titles. And keep in mind iTunes offers free downloadable previews of both ebooks. (Also remember that Paul is offering his Hampshire iTunes ebook for FREE for the rest of February.)


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Free iTunes ebook!

HampshireWe’re happy to announce that Paul’s Hampshire Dialect iTunes ebook is FREE for the entire month of February. We strongly suggest downloading this ebook and keeping it in your iTunes library even if you don’t intend to master the Hampshire dialect, as the ebook provides great insight into all of Paul’s dialect and accent material. And because Paul grew up in Hampshire, in southern England, this dialect is particularly meaningful to him. (You might notice that in addition to possessing a colorful, charming, rural sound, the Hampshire dialect is the inspiration for the modern, movie “pirate” dialect, which arguably was introduced by British actor Robert Newton in Walt Disney’s Treasure Island, in 1950.) Click here to download, or just search for “The Hampshire Dialect” in your iTunes store. This ebook is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and also Mac computers, but not Windows computers. (Click here for the Windows version, which is available for its regular price of $24.95.)

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Holiday special on “ADSS”

We have some exciting news that we’ve been waiting a long time to announce: We’re finally able to offer Paul’s signature product, Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, in iTunes ebook format! It’s compatible with Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And even better: Now through December 31, both the ebook and the print book (with CDs) are 30 percent off. That’s $69.99 instead of the usual $99.95. Go to…/accents-and-dialects-for-stage-…/ for details and to take advantage of the holiday sale on the print book. Or go directly to…/accents-dialects-f…/id1181641700… for the ebook (or simply search the iTunes store for the book title). Happy holidays!