London Accents: RP | Cockney | Multicultural London English

  • Published on Feb 23, 2018
  • Today I'm joined by Joel & Lia to teach you guys the three main London accents; Received Pronunciation (RP), Cockney and Multicultural London English (MLE). We give you a little bit of background about each accent and then we use example sentences to teach you the differences between them. Britain has many different accents so if you enjoyed this pronunciation lesson and you would like more let me know in the comments below.
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Comments • 810

  • Pablo Ramirez de Arellano

    So MLE is ali G speak

  • SkeletalBasis
    SkeletalBasis 2 days ago

    Sure would be nice if these guys knew the first thing about phonetics.

  • IndyCar Serious Productions

    I want to mate with RP. She would make my birthday happy!

  • Jim Morrison
    Jim Morrison 4 days ago +1

    Wah gwan bluh, wah ya a seh bwy?(Whats happening blood, whats up?)

  • Jim Morrison
    Jim Morrison 4 days ago

    oy mate Oy meh a bovvuh boy straight outa Balham who was lookin for agro ,wunnee?(Thats london street talk in the 1970's)

  • Gaulois très réfractaire !

    Mirror neurones.

  • Dzod
    Dzod 6 days ago

    Can I aks a question?

  • Philip Robertson III

    Multicultural English is incorrect English brought by people from shithole countries, who want to change the fine English language and culture.

  • L A
    L A 8 days ago

    Guy on the left i prefer, cannot stand pure cockney.

  • Jude Heath
    Jude Heath 14 days ago

    i cba to watch the video but i just wanna point out how this guy clapped 5 times in 5 seconds at the start of the video

  • Jay Tops
    Jay Tops 15 days ago +2

    Multicultural London English is basically Catherine Tate's Lauren Cooper character.
    Is it.

  • Andy Baker
    Andy Baker 16 days ago +1

    Interesting video. But having grown up in inner South London at the time when MLE was starting to become popular, I have to take issue with it being a combination of Cockney and African dialects. Maybe there have been "official studies" into its roots that have lead to that conclusion, but certainly the accent we spoke when I was at school was a combination of the Cockney spoken by our parents and families, and the words and accent made familiar to us by the large West Indian/Jamaican population that were integrating into our society. The second generation children of Jamaican parents developed a hybrid accent influenced both by their parents, and by the white Cockney kids they went to school with. Eventually that accent rubbed of on us white kids too. The type of music you listened to also had a huge influence on how you spoke. If you were into soul and reggae music, chances are that you would use a lot of Jamaican slang and pronunciation. Interestingly, a lot of us white kids could also manage a pretty passable Jamaican accent too! As I've grown older, I have lost a lot of that accent (having now settled on a combination of RP and Cockney, although the strength of my accent can go either way, depending on who I'm talking to), although I do catch myself using the odd slang word here and there from time to time. But when I hear the younger generation speaking MLE these days, they still use a lot of the same words and pronunciation that we were using back in the late 70s/early 80s.

    P.S. I couldn't really hear anything that was specifically MLE in what the guy in the video was saying...should have got Stormzy to do it! ;)

    • Eat Sleep Dream English
      Eat Sleep Dream English  15 days ago +1

      Hey Andy, thanks so much for your comment. I was fascinated to hear your experiences of how it evolved. I’m actually writing a book about British English and have a small section on MLE. It’s amazing how little material and literature there is about it. Your insights were super helpful, thank you.

  • CAM
    CAM 16 days ago +1

    People in mle can be flexible in both the other accents I think

  • CultureClique
    CultureClique 16 days ago

    Oh gee stop the bla bla and get to the point.

  • m s
    m s 16 days ago

    I find the biggest fault with these videos is you spend way too much time DISCUSSING than SPEAKING. As if you were not sure of your accents. The most you come up with is short phrases and words.

  • Celina Griboff
    Celina Griboff 16 days ago +1

    Thank you for your lessons, totally useful! I need to ask you a question, couldn't find it on the internet: are cockney and mancunian the same accent? Sound the same to me! Cheers!

  • David Mccarthy
    David Mccarthy 17 days ago

    As a white working class Londoner I totally understand all English spoken accents which includes Scottish, American, South African, Australian, Irish, scouse, and some Welsh. If you can’t understand them your just thick

  • Adriano Valentino So Gor

    apples and pears

  • Raleighburner15 Hynes
    Raleighburner15 Hynes 18 days ago

    You get me 🌟 star

  • Jaywolf Ak
    Jaywolf Ak 18 days ago +1

    Received pronunciation is the best for me I love how clear is her speech and good articulated. I'll learn that one.

  • candymr2
    candymr2 19 days ago

    3:05. you are welcome

  • Anup Holey
    Anup Holey 19 days ago

    Are those his chest hair peeping out of his t-shirt ???

  • Eiichiro Oda
    Eiichiro Oda 20 days ago +1

    'There is no right way to speak English'

  • The505Guys
    The505Guys 20 days ago

    "Multicultural London English" doesn't appear to be an actual single accent from my experience. The man on the left's accent is meant to be "MLE", but it barely sounds like other supposed examples of the same supposed accent we're told exists.
    "Multicultural London English" basically just means any generic accent that is a mix of Jamaican, African, and various Asian accents mixed together, in my experience it isn't a specific accent you can pin down and say "Ah, that's what it sounds like".

  • Shawn Cezanne
    Shawn Cezanne 22 days ago

    They sound like they're recording this in a bathroom. To properly hear these differences, perhaps putting a mic on them would better show the differences and control the loud bursts of sounds from the laughter. Annoying and too much explanation.

  • Michael Hase
    Michael Hase 22 days ago +1

    I am not from England, but I will be in London for a long time in the near future and wanted to assimilate into the culture. I dont want to stick out. Also I have 13 years of speach therapy experience as a child and several years of acting experience, so I dont always notice and dont always mean to, but quite often I find myself using someone else's accent and being a bit of a chameleon myself, as you mention doing yourself in this video. I have given it a lot of thought and I think it's because of all the years in speach therapy were I got use to mimicking another person's way of speaking, and I think it's part of my personality that wants to put other people at easy and make them feel comfortable, in other words, we tend to like people who are similar to us. It is something that just happens and comes naturally to me though as I have said before. So I wanted to know would you think people would notice, because I might not, and do you think people, british people, would care if I picked up a british accent while I was there, I dont want to offend, I just want to blend, and since I cant really help it, I figured I might as well embrace it. Also do you have any suggestions on which accents maybe the easiest for a foreigner to pick up or which one might sound the most natural or "native"? Cheers!

  • Fatih Burak
    Fatih Burak 24 days ago

    Cockney looks like a bit 'Trakia' accent in Turkey. 'H' drops in funny way.

  • Mr S Gee
    Mr S Gee 27 days ago +9

    Wrong the multicultural MLE accent is a mixture of cockney & Jamaican Patois

    • Elmi Awad
      Elmi Awad 10 days ago

      You can also detect African influences in some second generations Nigerians from Peckham et al.

    • Elmi Awad
      Elmi Awad 10 days ago

      To be honest with you, most times I can tell if am on the phone to an Asian or Caribbean MLE speaker. It also depends where you grew up..My accent is sometimes borderline cockney MLE whereas my friends who grew up in an area
      with less white working class have stronger MLE accents. The good thing with MLE is that you can switch up to a posher accent for professional purposes when you need or become more cockney when you are with a bunch of geezers.

    • Andy Baker
      Andy Baker 16 days ago

      Exactly what I was going to say...nothing to do with African.

  • Marty H
    Marty H Month ago

    "In 'artford, 'ereford and 'ampshire, 'urricanes 'ardly hevah 'appen," :0)

  • speller007
    speller007 Month ago +1

    this is incredibly booring...your cockney and multicultural sound identicaal

  • Counterpoint66
    Counterpoint66 Month ago

    Something they didn't really touch on but you really hear in the MLE accent is the i sound. When the guy says I live in s London, he really twangs the i, its like your mouth really opens wide side to side, kinda like a spanish ayyy haha. True what middle guy says, its identity and like any identity, its nuanced and differebt in different situations. Anyway, an amazing london accent is reggie yates' one, Soo clear but not too posh

  • lawmzuali chhakchhuak
    lawmzuali chhakchhuak Month ago +3

    to me, RP is very smart and beautiful and very original....i wish i could sound like this 😒

  • O. Mostafa
    O. Mostafa Month ago

    Could you please help me? What British accent should I choose? Most common used? Is it MLE? Thank you!

  • Max Chester
    Max Chester Month ago +1

    Met Mr. John Cleese once, and we had occasion to speak together for maybe 2 minutes. He complimented me (I think) on having the "most pure American" he'd yet heard. I hope that was a compliment.

  • Max Chester
    Max Chester Month ago

    Paul vs Pull vs Pool - totally different sounding in American English. ( also Pole Pill Pell and Pewter) .... (Elizabeth I : " me muvva and me favva )

  • Max Chester
    Max Chester Month ago

    I love (sorta) how "an" is misused in front of "hotel" or "historic" -it's "a hotel" or "a historic event" , but people who don't plan to pronounce the "H" sorta stick in that "an" just in case.

  • Max Chester
    Max Chester Month ago

    Had a teacher who was a native Porto-Rican Spanish speaker, then moved to NYC & learned English via old-time Brooklyn, so there were 2 accents stacked on top of each other .... thank goodness he was a patient man, because we had to ask for many many repeats of his last sentence !

  • Hamraj Singh
    Hamraj Singh Month ago

    Its not Black African, MLE stems from the Afro Carribbean community.

  • James Schmidlin
    James Schmidlin Month ago

    Lia is 😍 and has a lovely speaking voice.

  • Somebody
    Somebody Month ago

    I always thought I had the cockney accent. No way I do. It’s more RP. Cockney accent sounds slang. Only the woman speaks the way I do. And I’m from East London

  • Tiago Sá
    Tiago Sá Month ago

    I can easily understand RP, but the Cockney accent is a little bit harder.

  • Matilda Martin
    Matilda Martin Month ago +2

    Probably Transatlantic Accents so helpful !!!!!!****

  • Luiz Augusto Soares Moura

    I have always loved British English, however I have been watching your videos very often. A couple of days ago, I was in Albania and I met an Australian guy, who asked me, if I am from the UK. 😍😍😍😲😲😲

  • Bambang Irawan
    Bambang Irawan Month ago

    the girl talking like dj...

  • John Texas
    John Texas Month ago

    So many of us in the US tend to be cowed by British RP English. For me, nothing is sillier than a commercial for a Japanese fancy car with some British voice (like Joel!) doing the voice over. German cars, same thing. Why not say, "schwein, you will BUY our car"...

  • Stephen
    Stephen Month ago +2

    MLE in America is just referred by the country of origin. i.e. Nigerian accent. Just thought that was interesting

  • Hussein Isse
    Hussein Isse 2 months ago

    The guy from the left is very politely guy

  • Sarah Abaza
    Sarah Abaza 2 months ago

    loved the cockney 😂❤❤❤

  • Anas S
    Anas S 2 months ago +1

    I can do a british accent, but I can't figure out which accent is it from the uk.

  • SomeAssemblyRequired
    SomeAssemblyRequired 2 months ago

    I wish you were each properly miced to deliver cleaner sound...

  • Ivanna
    Ivanna 2 months ago +1

    well.. who needs the H and t?? hahahah interesting video :)

  • Chenda Ven
    Chenda Ven 2 months ago

    Cockney guy is hard to understand comparing to the other two guys

  • Magical Mistical Girl
    Magical Mistical Girl 2 months ago +5

    I hate you
    Cockney: " I ate you"?

  • Snapso
    Snapso 2 months ago

    I’ll speak cockney to Freinds and family but multicultural to teachers

  • Ayngaran Thamo
    Ayngaran Thamo 2 months ago

    London is stil London even al over uk

  • Aaron Zhu
    Aaron Zhu 2 months ago +2

    Do an accent analysis video of AFTV stars like Robbie, Claude, Ty, DT and Troopz

  • BlackFriday cheyenne
    BlackFriday cheyenne 2 months ago +3

    I learned accents from Harry Potter XD

  • Swagat Kumar Mallick
    Swagat Kumar Mallick 2 months ago

    I like RP

  • Dunia Valencia
    Dunia Valencia 2 months ago

    Why “ “ the RP way? Is it so bad to have a correct way of pronouncing lol ??

    • Pádraig O'Gallochoir
      Pádraig O'Gallochoir Month ago +1

      Because RP doesn’t follow the proper pronunciation rules for the English language. The most proper English accent in the world is to be found in Inverness, Scotland.

  • Keyboardje
    Keyboardje 2 months ago

    When my friend went on a trip to England (London), he was very angry. He said he could hardly understand anything anyone said to him, that "they don't even speak 'real English' here!"
    Clearly he meant as he had learned it at school in The Netherlands many years ago: RP.

    • Squids have 10 tentacles
      Squids have 10 tentacles Month ago

      Then we say that language students speak perfect English but could only understand half what we say cuz it's so full of dropped sounds and slang!
      Then we say we speak perfect English and Americans speak rubbish English.
      We can't make up our minds!

    • Squids have 10 tentacles
      Squids have 10 tentacles Month ago

      He was probably right. It's a common joke over here that the dutch speak better English than the actual English!

  • Lurvy1963
    Lurvy1963 2 months ago

    How about the TH sound. I heard from one British sitcom where a character pronounced the TH with an F sound. It sounded very cockney to me.

  • Dhruv Bala
    Dhruv Bala 2 months ago

    My favorite color is grey and I live in the center of a great neighborhood.

  • paolo hewitt
    paolo hewitt 2 months ago

    WTF do these embarrassing left wing Uni types know about the Cockney lingo.. Fuck Off..

  • Aria Carmela
    Aria Carmela 2 months ago +1

    Would love to see something like this with US accents. The people with the most interesting accents would be from places where they're so dumb they wouldn't know they even have accents.

  • G Art
    G Art 2 months ago


  • rfmerrill
    rfmerrill 2 months ago

    If anyone reading this wants a good example of a real MLE speaker (who isn't putting it on super thick like Ali G) check out youtuber "BMAC VAGS" who sounds like a native MLE speaker and is just speaking normally in most of his videos.

  • rfmerrill
    rfmerrill 2 months ago +1

    "In RP just pronounce all the letters"
    not the Rs though

  • 4ward Nthought
    4ward Nthought 2 months ago +1

    So which accent pronounces "I don't know" as: "I dunno"?
    Clive Owen for example.

    • grahamlive
      grahamlive 8 days ago

      Pretty much every British accent except RP.

  • Khaled Ouertani
    Khaled Ouertani 2 months ago

    Fookin right

  • j baumun
    j baumun 2 months ago

    An American , I have no problem with the cockney accent , but the rhyming slang really throws me

  • Jessica Marshall
    Jessica Marshall 3 months ago

    I don’t know a single person under 30 who speaks with a cockney accent (I’ve lived in London my whole life). Most younger people use MLE or Estuary English.
    Edit: I meant most people who aren’t upper/upper middle and even middle class. They are more likely to use RP or contemporary RP.

  • Sue
    Sue 3 months ago

    Okay so I'm not the only one who thought that the guy in the middle sounds and looks like Daniel Radcliffe.

  • Sonia Bynoe
    Sonia Bynoe 3 months ago +1

    Can we say West Indian and not just Jamaican please.

    • Jake Haynes
      Jake Haynes 3 months ago

      I agree I grew up in Brixton which in the past had a large West Indian community, people nowadays say Jamaican community but that’s unfair to the large amounts of Bajan, Trinny,,Grenadian,Guyanese and many more peoples that were also a big part of the community

  • Nola a
    Nola a 3 months ago

    I love the cockney I’m from sheffield and do similar things like dropping the “T’s”

  • Hazem Jumaa
    Hazem Jumaa 3 months ago

    Which accent does Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen) speak?
    As I heard in an interview, it is a southern London accent but he speaks with many grammar mistakes, (e.g. I is or You was, .. etc).

    • beatnick92
      beatnick92 3 months ago +1

      I think he (Baron Cohen) is such a comedian that he does that on purpose. Educated at Cambridge, he likely "messes" with English just as he does everything else in his performances and characters.

  • arkorful kwaansa
    arkorful kwaansa 3 months ago

    I really wanna learn accents like you guys

  • nave conterosso
    nave conterosso 3 months ago +1

    12 minutes are to much: 7 or 8 minutes would've been enough

  • Luis Kern
    Luis Kern 3 months ago

    i want a bottle of war.

  • Hannu Koistinen
    Hannu Koistinen 3 months ago

    u a ö bottlle ö uae

  • Hannu Koistinen
    Hannu Koistinen 3 months ago +1

    In America we speak english.

  • Jon Golding
    Jon Golding 3 months ago

    Multicultural London English makes me cringe.

  • Ale Paoletti
    Ale Paoletti 3 months ago

    It seems like MLE is considered to be a violent and rude language. Is this correct?

  • rightmarker1
    rightmarker1 3 months ago +3

    Multicultural London English?? 🤣🤣 - someone’s been drinking the Kool - Aid . .

    • Squids have 10 tentacles
      Squids have 10 tentacles Month ago

      I guess that wasn't quite so much MLE, but definitely the most common kinda SE accent (with little changes, they change just noticeably about every 5 miles here), most SE people speak like that. And London is definitely very multicultural.

  • internationalmusiK06
    internationalmusiK06 3 months ago

    what does means "received pronunciation"?

    • Jake Haynes
      Jake Haynes 3 months ago

      It’s the accent of the upper & middle classes, working class people will usually speak in regional accents,

  • internationalmusiK06
    internationalmusiK06 3 months ago

    what does means "received pronunciation"?

    • epoh333
      epoh333 3 months ago

      It doesn't make sense to be honest . I don't think it means anything useful

  • A fat Paki bastard
    A fat Paki bastard 4 months ago +2

    Finally found my language
    It’s mle

  • son aditya
    son aditya 4 months ago +19

    Say it in cockney: "Paul pulls the pole in the pool."

    • David Mowbray
      David Mowbray 28 days ago

      Pawl pawls the pawl in the pawl to his pawl

    • Max Khovansky
      Max Khovansky 2 months ago +1

      Paul pulls the pole in the pool to his poll.

  • Mike McKenna
    Mike McKenna 4 months ago

    They sound like they live within a five minute walk of a Primrose Hill street of one another.
    (Never seen any of them in Manze's...)
    Maybe, they'll be cast in a remake of the 'Sweeney'?

    • Captain Coco
      Captain Coco 4 months ago

      Maybe so but they got the accents right. RP all the way baby!! Primerose Hill? Ahh yes that would be nice.....there's a delicious Greek restaurant there where no one speaks RP. Who's got the ouzo? :- )

  • Ginger32
    Ginger32 4 months ago

    This is total bollocks.

  • James Maier
    James Maier 4 months ago

    I really love the way you say 'So' (sowww)

  • Colin Doherty
    Colin Doherty 4 months ago +13

    Multicultural London is not African /Asian it's a mixture of Jamaican and cockney

    • Jim Morrison
      Jim Morrison 4 days ago

      Or oy mate he's beefin innee?Thats means he has BO..😂😂😂😂😂😂Its true!!

    • Jim Morrison
      Jim Morrison 4 days ago

      Eye n eye no romp witt bahtty bwy.Imm ahfee dead.Rastamahn ahfee keel da bahtty bwy.

    • sarah jones
      sarah jones 9 days ago +1

      Not black people are Jamaican other carribean islands in London

    • epoh333
      epoh333 3 months ago

      Linguists think it is a more diverse mixture.

      "Englishes from the Indian subcontinent and Africa, Caribbean creoles and Englishes along with their indigenised London versions (Sebba 1993), local London and south-eastern vernacular varieties of English, local and international youth slang, as well as more levelled and standard-like varieties from various sources."

      The paper if you want to read it:

      The wikipedia page is very interesting I would recommend it:

  • Mc P
    Mc P 4 months ago

    Oh my word ye sounds lovely

  • Ambrorio
    Ambrorio 4 months ago

    Rp means English used on bbc and shows like that.doesnt it?

  • Luis Manuel Baez
    Luis Manuel Baez 4 months ago

    I ain't a native English speaker but this videos was hilarious.

  • Pippin G
    Pippin G 4 months ago +3

    Cockney sounds the best to me :) I love regional dialects. When you hear me talk, you know I was raised by an Italian family in Brooklyn

    • Pippin G
      Pippin G 3 months ago +1

      Their Italian was on point. Don't judge something you know nothing about.

    • nave conterosso
      nave conterosso 3 months ago

      Probably it was from south Italy. So unable to speak even good Italian

  • Nory Izecson
    Nory Izecson 4 months ago

    Finally, it clears things up.. I always wonder why do people say 'befday' instead of birthday. Thought it was wrong.

  • Doom Emmanuel Achineku
    Doom Emmanuel Achineku 4 months ago +1

    When I went to England I had a very very hard time understanding the Immigration officer at Heathrow, but who am I to talk, the various Nigerian accents are hard to understand, only Ghanaians find it easy to understand us, LOL.

  • russia2011100
    russia2011100 4 months ago +2

    This video is absolutely amazing I loved it! Please do more...

  • chuck1prillaman
    chuck1prillaman 4 months ago +1

    Just watch as much Ali G as you can find. You'll catch on.

  • RL
    RL 4 months ago

    I'm not going to lie around friends and family I use MLE. In a job interview or in professional setting's I use RP and I use cockney when I'm a bit pissed or talking to someone who speaks with a cockney twang with me. I don't even realise I do it I think that's just a London thing you pick all of these up unintentionally and learn how to use them in different setting's.