Sample Exercise: “My mother can’t answer all her morning calls on her old phone.”
If you want this dialect plus another British/Irish one, Dialects of the British Isles is your better choice, or, even better, our new Deluxe Streaming Edition of Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen. But if you want JUST the Standard British dialect, this is your best buy. This user-friendly book (or ebook) is the industry standard for the Standard British English dialect, or Received Pronunciation, considered the traditional prestige dialect of Great Britain. It is not a dialect confined geographically to southeast England; indeed, “educated” speakers all over the United Kingdom and throughout the former British Empire spoke it and still do, to a large extent. For many decades, the BBC required this sound from its broadcasters, and actors from all parts of the world were trained at the London drama schools to speak it as their neutral “default” English dialect. Learn to speak like Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey and Laurence Olivier in Hamlet! (Paul speaks the entire text himself. So you hear him demonstrate, in dialect, the signature sounds in isolation, the word lists, the practice sentences, and the two monologues.)
(For the more modern dialect of southern England, see Estuary.)
YOU HAVE THREE CHOICES:
If you choose to purchase the book (option #1 on the drop-down menu above), you get an attractive perfect-bound paperback book with color covers, plus an accompanying audio CD. Page count: 26. Approximate running time: 30 minutes. Price: $29.95 plus shipping. Priority shipping in the U.S. is approximately $6, with delivery in 2-4 business days. For priority shipping outside the U.S., costs vary and shipping time is 6-12 business days. Express shipping is also available: 1-2 business days to most locations in the U.S. and 3-6 business days to other countries. PLEASE NOTE: We often use Amazon as a shipping partner, as it is the largest and most trusted online marketplace. Rest assured Paul Meier Dialect Services will fill your order and provide customer support, but your book/CD might ship directly from Amazon. (Although we do ship to all international destinations, customers in non-U.S. locations may find it quicker and more cost effective to purchase from a bookstore or website in their own country. For instance, if you’re in Europe, check out Amazon.co.uk.)
If you choose the ebook for Windows (option #2 on the drop-down menu above), you get an attractive full-color ebook compatible with your Windows PC. (It’s also compatible with Mac computers (OSX 10.4 or higher), but for Macs, we recommend the iTunes ebook, below.) It’s exactly the same content as in the print booklet, but you save postage – and get it right away! (You will need the latest version of QuickTime (a free download) to play the embedded sound files. And don’t forget to reboot your computer after installing it.) You will also receive, via e-mail, a registration code for your ebook. Your ebook is compatible with both desktop and laptop computers, but NOT mobile devices. (It will NOT play on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.) You must buy them from a computer for use on a computer. If you desire an ebook that will play on Apple mobile devices, we suggest clicking the option in blue text right under the drop-down menu above, which links directly to iTunes, where you can purchase it. (Also please note: You’ll receive your username and password within minutes via e-mail. Your subscription never expires. Windows ebooks are password protected and play only on your own computers; registration to two computers is permitted; they are not printable, nor are the sound files transferable to any other device; they are playable only on your computer; and sharing with others is not possible, and a violation of copyright. Full E-mail support is available.) Price: $29.95, immediate download, no shipping cost.
If you choose to purchase the ebook for iTunes (Apple Books) by clicking the blue text above the drop-down menu above, you will be taken directly to iTunes (Apple Books), where you can purchase this attractive, full-color ebook through your own iTunes account (the Apple Books store). This version will play on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac, using Apple’s free Books app, but NOT on your Windows PC. Please note that both this version and version #2, above, WILL play on a Mac (OS X Mavericks or newer), but we recommend THIS version for Mac users. If you desire an ebook that will play on your Windows PC, you must choose the Windows ebook described above (option #2 on the drop-down menu above). You may download an extensive, free preview version for immediate viewing from iTunes. (Preview all our publications this way, even if purchasing a printed copy or the Windows eBook format.) Price: 29.99, immediate download to your iTunes/Apple Books, no shipping cost.