learn REAL accents from REAL people
Need to learn a new accent and don’t know where to start? You’re not alone. Working with unfamiliar sounds can be nerve-wracking: the pressure is piled on to ‘get it right’ for that audition, opening night, recording session or first day of filming.
What if you could put a Voice Coach in your Pocket® to guide you every step of the way?
The Real Accent App: Celtic Nations does just that. An industry-proven 10-step learning programme, authentic native speaker recordings and groundbreaking functionality make this the definitive app every actor needs in their accent kit bag.
‘I imagine hundreds of would be film characters will love The Real Accent App…fascinating tool for learning accents.’ Stephen Fry
• Step-by-step breakdowns for 10 accents prepared by a top industry coach
• 30 real people recorded in their original environments
• Simple-to-use interface for fast problem solving on the rehearsal room floor
• Innovative RECORD and COMPARE functions to speed up learning
• Unique AUTOPLAY and LOOP functions for working hands free
• An ingenious TEST YOUR EAR quiz that strengthens listening skills
• Insider industry tips to help adapt an accent to character and script
• No in-app purchases: one purchase, one download
• No advertisements
• Cork (Ireland)
• Dublin (Ireland)
• Belfast (Northern Ireland)
• Aberdeen (Scotland)
• Edinburgh (Scotland)
• Glasgow (Scotland)
• Inverness (Scotland)
• Cardiff (Wales)
• North Wales: Conwy Valley
• South Wales: The Valleys
The Real Accent App: Celtic Nations contains over 4 hours of high-quality audio reference material and requires a minimum of 480MB of storage space on your device.
Enhancements to the recording and file saving processes, making it even easier to record and compare.
Ratings and Reviews
Great for professionals, challenging for amateurs
So, I'm not an actor of any sort, nor have I had any vocal coaching or training. This app appealed to me because I grew tired of showing up at the table with my friends for Dungeons & Dragons with my same old tired voice. So, I decided to spice things up a bit, and wanted to give this app a go. Now, I realize you can't get everything out of an app, so take these criticisms as you will.
First impressions: It is not user friendly. The UI is ugly as sin, and at first glance, I thought I had been ripped off because I thought there were no audio samples to be found to reference from. After a few frantic minutes of digging, I found audio samples after all. So, making the app easier to navigate would be much appreciated.
Instruction: There is none. They give you a few sentences here and there giving brief descriptions about how to position your tongue, jaw, mouth, etc. and on how you should pronounce things, but no videos or diagrams demonstrating it visually or aurally. You're basically given an auto shop, a brief description of the tools and machinery and their basic functions, and are told to make a car. Having a set instructor for each regional dialect who actually goes through a process step-by-step through video, audio, or (preferably) both would help tremendously in this area.
Audio Samples: They are extremely quiet. I think having the example speakers talk slowly at first and then at conversational pace would help learners key in on certain inflections, pronunciations, enunciations, etc. Going back to the idea of having a centralized instructor, there should be an instructor starting each section, followed by their own examples with the option of breaking down exactly what they are doing, then doing the same with the examples of the 'native' speakers would help tremendously.
Side Note: Not all of the speakers are consistently represented throughout the audio samples, making it jarring if you've been focusing on the speech of one in particular.
Final Thoughts: All in all, this seems like a great supplementary app for those with prior experience with acting, and even more so for those with vocal training/coaching. For the rest of us who have gone without, I'm left wanting. I think the app developers should take a page from Duolingo (without provoking copyright infringement), providing a more user-friendly and directed form of instruction than what's given here.
Waste of 12.99
There isn’t much to this app unless I missed something. Save your 12.99
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- Howard Weate Productions Limited
- 611.6 MB
- Requires iOS 14.4 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 14.4 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © Howard Weate Productions
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.