Teach Yourself Accents—The British Isles

Teach Yourself Accents—The British Isles

A Handbook for Young Actors and Speakers
by Robert Blumenfeld

Website | Read: How to Approach Accents

From the author of Limelight’s best-selling book, Accents: A Manual for Actors

MONTCLAIR, NJ—The goal of an actor who uses a foreign accent for a role is to internalize and assimilate that accent so that it becomes natural, a habitual way of speaking, simply a part of the actor, and not put on. To do this, the actor must retrain the muscles (lips and tongue) that have become accustomed to the actor’s native speech.

In Teach Yourself Accents—The British Isles (Limelight Editions, April 2013, $19.99), Robert Blumenfeld helps actors slip into any British or Irish accent with ease by teaching general positioning, rhythm, music, and phonetics. Each accent is given special care with explanations of its unique features, variations, practice exercises, and monologues that include dialects from the region. The book also includes a CD with extensive exercises.

Accents covered are standard upper- and middle-class British accents (received pronunciation and estuary), London accents (Cockney, working- and middle-class), English provincial accents (the Midlands and Yorkshire), Scottish accents, Welsh accents, and Irish accents (northern, Belfast, Galway, southern).

This first volume of the new Teach Yourself Accents series by Robert Blumenfeld, a professional actor and audiobook narrator, will help anyone beginning a study of accents to get a rapid handle on the subject and use any accent immediately, with an authentic sound. More experienced actors who need an authoritative quick guide for an audition or for role preparation will find it equally useful, as will speakers who want to improve a specific accent or liven up a presentation with an apt anecdote. Train your ears to hear, and your vocal muscles to respond, and you can do any accent!

Robert Blumenfeld (New York City) is an actor, dialect coach, and writer. He is the author of eight Limelight books, including Accents: A Manual for Actors and Stagecraft: Stanislavsky and External Acting Techniques. He has recorded more than 350 audiobooks and has acted in numerous regional and Off-Broadway theater productions. He is available for interview.

April 30, 2013            $19.99             Paperback      6 x 9     112 pages       9780879108076
Limelight Editions, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

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Praise for Robert Blumenfeld’s previous book, Stagecraft

“This book is well written, clear, and direct. Blumenfeld’s judgments seem appropriate…Recommended.” –Choice magazine

“Robert Blumenfeld’s vast knowledge of theatre is extraordinarily useful.” –Chicago Stage Style

Stagecraft will prove an excellent pick for any scholar of acting who reads with a curiosity or wants to enhance their own performance.” –Midwest Book Review

 Praise for Robert Blumenfeld’s dictionaries, Blumenfeld’s Dictionary of Musical Theater and Blumenfeld’s Dictionary of Acting and Show Business

 “They are instantaneously receiving space on my desk’s reference shelf.” –DC Theatre Scene


More books by Robert Blumenfeld

  • Accents: A Manual for Actors (ISBN: 9780879109677)
  • Using the Stanislavsky System (ISBN: 9780879103569)
  • Stagecraft: Stanislavsky and External Acting Techniques (ISBN: 9781879103842)
  • Tools and Techniques for Character Interpretation (ISBN: 9780879103262)
  • Acting with the Voice: The Art of Recording Books (ISBN: 9780879103019)
  • Blumenfeld’s Dictionary of Musical Theater (ISBN: 9780879103729)
  • Blumenfeld’s Dictionary of Acting and Show Business (ISBN: 9780879103637)
  • How to Rehearse When There Is No Rehearsal: Acting and the Media, with Alice Spivak (ISBN: 9780879103422)


Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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