British Accents: LIVERPOOL / SCOUSE
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British Accents: LIVERPOOL / SCOUSE

November 18, 2019

hello and welcome to another episode in our accent discovery series this series is all about discovering regional british accents to give you an idea of the difference between the regional accent and the standard British English accent sometimes they are so different even us natives find it hard to understand so who are we meeting today this is Rebecca. Rebecca is from Liverpool that means she is a Scouser hello Rebecca alright babe people from Liverpool are very friendly and down-to-earth but if you find yourself in a conversation with a scouser you might find that you’re a little bit confused because they use some words that we don’t normally use in standard British English we’re going to go through some of the common ones with you now bizzies police look out it’s the buzzies look out its the police Kecks trousers i bought some new Kecks bought some new trousers Made up really happy Ah I’m made up with that I’m really happy with that Cob on bad mood Have you got a cob on? am I in a bad mood no Bevvy drink or beverage a fancy a bevvy? Do I fancy a drink scran food he’s got a cob on because he wants some scran, he’s in a bad mood because he wants some food Bifters cigarettes i’m just going to the office by some bifters i’m just going to the off-license to buy some cigarettes geggin in being nosy ey you geggin in? hey are you being nosey? not me so there’s a small selection of some of the words you would typically hear from a scouser so let’s now look at the actual accent and some of the differences in pronunciation between a scouse accent and a standard British English accent the first thing we’re going to look at is the fricative t so when a t’s at the end of a word and sometimes when it’s in the middle of a word then rather than having a plosive sound a scouser might make it fricative which means it vibrates like this so if I said right a scouser would say right right right right let’s get going right let’s go and don’t don’t don’t don’t water water water water I need a bottle of water I need a bottle of water another typical feature of the Scouse accent is the K sound so in a word ends with a k a scouser may constrict this sound and make it a k kind of sound so for example if i was to say back a scouser would say back back back i’m coming back later I’m coming back later look-look-look look look at him look at him fake bake fake bake a fake bake fake bake that looks like a fake bake that looks like a fake bake. Sound like you’ve got a hairball. One of the differences in vowels is the A vowel in standard British English we have … but in scouse you have … so for example if i was to say come come come come come here come here up up up up come up here come up here come up here shut shut shut shot shut the door shut the door all right keep your hair on another feature that may sometimes change is the th in standard British English it’s th but in scouse we have d for example great sometimes when a t has a vowel on either side some old-school scousers may change the t for an r and a very famous example of this is the lovely Cilla Black if you don’t know who she is google her check her out but she had a catchphrase and the catchphrase was a A lorra lorra laaughs, she’s saying a lot of a lot of laughs but she’s changing that t from a lot to an r lorra lorra laughs what if I was to say not a lot of laughs norra lorra laughs, norra lorra laughs so funny two more words that you may come across regularly but are pronounced very differently by true scousers are the words something something very different and nothing nothing, nothing to worry about nothing going on, nothing going on? great lovely well we’ve had such a great time today should i do in a scouse accent we’ve had a great time today learning all about the scouse accent sorry in standard British English we’ve had a great time today learning all about the Scouse accent so i want to say a huge thank you to Rebecca you have been wonderful now if you are interested in other regional accents then do be sure to check out some of the other videos in this series also if you are not yet a subscriber then please do click on that big red subscribe button and the bell notification button next to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss out on any future episodes all the links to my social media will be in the description box below along with some special goodies just for you so do be sure to check those out thank you take care and goodbye

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  1. There's something so funny about this! ??? when they're repeating the same word or sentence it's like they're arguing about which is the right way of saying it! I lost it a couple of times ???

  2. im a scouser and id say that "k" sound is the very lowest class version of scouse, I never used to hear it like 20 years ago and I hate it personally, dont hear it much nowadays thin its dying out, its nasty.

  3. The scousers are their own people. They aren’t English. They’re Scousers. Got a few relatives from Liverpool and I’ve never heard them describe themselves as English. “I’m a scouser”. It’s such a unique accent. And I love it. ( I’m from Ireland.)

  4. This birds not even from Liverpool.. she makes a mockery of my city and the way we talk, she uses a mix match of forced proper English with a HEAVILY over exaggerated scouse accent. Stupid blonde just wanna be famous

  5. Hahaha, I didn't really notice, but I just found out that when I'm not paying attention to how I'm talking, some few times I pronounce nothing like that, like "no'ing".

  6. The accent is a mix of lrish, Lancastrian and Welsh, but basically scousers are failed northerners, friendly… my arse.

  7. She doesn't sound very Scouse. She probably from the outskirts of Liverpool, this is a forced accent, not a true Scouse accent.

  8. I’m a scouser and I don’t pronounce ‘t’ at all. E.g

    ‘I wanna bohle of Warha’ ‘I want a bottle of water’
    ‘Howya doin’ mae’
    ‘How are you doing mate’

    This is just how I pronounce words with ‘t’ in it.

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