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I might be mistaken, but the Yokshire Dialect sounds a whole lot like an irish dialect. I am trying to learn it, so I can nail my Dickon Audition.

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Yorkshire is more like a mix of Scottish and your sterotypical English accent. Yorkshire is very close to Scotland. Watch the non-musical film.

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Thanks. I will have to work on a Scottish Dialect then...I am trying to figure out which way to approach it.

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Good Luck! I would also suggest watching the movie.


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Yeah I will do so.

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Yorkshire is nothing like Irish!

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When I played Martha, my accent was, according to our Dickon, part Irish, part English, part scottish ALL Yorkshire!

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Post Yorkshire Dialect Resources online
Actually, saying that Yorkshire is nothing like Irish is not wholly accurate. It does sound a bit like the Northern Irish accents. It's no more accurate to say "work on Scottish for the Yorkshire dialect" than to say "work on Irish"--but you have to know WHICH Irish accent. Ideally, work on the Yorkshire accent itself, but even then, there are a number of variations on the Yorkshire accent--what you're looking for with this show is the more rural sound.

If you're looking for Yorkshire resources, here are some options:

You can listen to native speakers at the International Dialects of English Archive: http://web.ku.edu/idea/

If you're looking for something that actually teaches accents, check out http://www.accenthelp.com --There you'll find downloads that teach you how to speak with accents and there are recordings of natives included. There is a specific Yorkshire accent download that teaches what you're after.

You can also order dialect CDs from http://www.dialectresource.com which will include instruction and examples. You'd want the "North Country" CD for the Yorkshire dialect.

(Full disclosure: I'm a dialect coach and contributor to both IDEA and AccentHelp.)

This is a challenging dialect to pull off. I've coached this show before with professional actors who've done a number of dialects, and it was still a struggle for them. Nothing substitutes for having a dialect coach to lend an ear, but these resources should get you going on the right track.

Good luck!


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I just listened to the OBC CD for my accent when I played Martha.

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I didn't think Martha or Dickon's accent was very good at all on the OBC. Sorta wishy washy.
(and yes I have heard a real yorkshire accent before, I live in England for a year)

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accentjim wrote:
Actually, saying that Yorkshire is nothing like Irish is not wholly accurate. !


I stand by what I said, Yorkshire and IRish are SO SO Different.

I know about British accents, being British and all, and having friends and family from Ireland and Yorkshire.

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It depends WHICH Irish accent, as there are several. I can't do a Yorkshire accent to save my life; it always goes Irish. I speak RP English and live in East Anglia but I do have cousins in Yorkshire. Despite this, and despite being able to do virtually every other accent under the sun, this particular one evade me (right when I need it! lol)
And- just because I've heard it said before- Yorkshire is NOTHING like Cockney so DON'T listen to My Fair Lady to get the accent! :)

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