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Andrzej Ornitolog
How can I sound posh? Help me out (especcially English native speaker from the UK)!
Hello everybody!
My name is Andrzej, I'm 14 years old and I'm from Poland. I have been learning English and German for 2 years and I've taken up Spanish , Turkish and French very recently. My learning method leans back at 30% of the time for workout and then 60% for simply having fun with the language and practising it as well. I've heard that there is in the UK a part of the community with the people who are posh or at least, try recognise themselfs as posh people. The posh people use extraordinary words and greetings such as: old fruit, bravo, marvellous etc. and they're basiclly speaking like the queen or BBC reporters from early 30s of XX century. I would like to get to know more nouns, adjectives, greetings or phrases which are used by the posh people to be able to parody them:).
Thank you in advance!
May 25, 2020 2:27 PM
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I'd just like to chip in that watching Trump's speeches might not be a good way to widen your vocabulary as the vocabulary that he uses is very limited and it also won't help with sounding posh. Listening to Stephen Fry might be more helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MWpHQQ-wQg, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayzvXhTRbII.
May 25, 2020
If you just want to parody them and have fun.
Try to find old "pathe news" film clips.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIIdwWNMyRA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGZoqkZUFtA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTdodxLgOtM

But I don't recommend speaking like that now in real life you will stand out as being strange.
that way of speaking is all but dead now.

May 25, 2020
Don't watch Trump's speeches, follow Miriam's suggestion for a current well spoken British speaker.Trump may be cleverer than he appears but his presidential speeches contain nothing of use to you.
That is no disrespect to any American.

I will see what I can find for you.
May 25, 2020
Hi Andrzej,

Here are some cool "must say" posh expressions for your collection:)

Jolly hockey sticks!

By jove!

Don't act beastly to your sister.

He's an absolute brick.

Golly, it's cold in here.

Come for sups next weekend if you want.

Don't put me by John again at the dinner party, he's a right bore.

That game of hide-and.seek was really thrilling.

That game of cricket was a real fluke, wasn't it? Rather.

May 25, 2020
There are very few people who speak like - what many people think the queen speaks like. The queens speech has changed from the days when the pathe films were made. and there are not many speakers who speak like that now but you are right there are some.

Your English writing is excellent and very natural.

1. I was just going to have some fun by/with creating parodies with their "dialect".

2.I was just going to make fun of their "dialects"

it is a very common error that learners make.
1= you are going to have fun for your own amusement.
2 = you are going to make fun at their expenses to belittle them to be cruel, or also to have fun and amusement, for your own pleasure as well.
May 25, 2020
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Andrzej Ornitolog
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English, German, Polish, Spanish, Turkish
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English, German, Spanish, Turkish