Editors Choice – Best Queens English – British Language Books

Rosetta Stone: Learn English (British) with Lifetime Access on iOS, Android, PC, and Mac

Rosetta Stone is the gold standard in language learning. Put yourself on the fast-track to learning British English today!

Get Started in English is for absolute and false beginners of English. Clear and simple explanations make the course appropriate and accessible to anyone learning English. There are extensive illustrations to support the learner working on his or her own. This course is also ideal to use with one-to-one tutoring and as a classroom course.

Learn to speak the Queen’s English, the language of Great Britain

How to Speak Brit:
The Quintessential Guide to the King’s English, Cockney Slang, and Other Flummoxing British Phrases

British author Christopher J. Moore made a name for himself on this side of the pond with the sleeper success of his previous book, In Other Words. Now, Moore draws on history, literature, pop culture, and his own heritage to explore the phrases that most embody the British character. He traces the linguistic influence of writers from Chaucer to Shakespeare and Dickens to Wodehouse, and unravels the complexity Brits manage to imbue in seemingly innocuous phrases like “All right.” Along the way, Moore reveals the uniquely British origins of some of the English language’s more curious sayings. For example: Who is Bob and how did he become your uncle? Why do we refer to powerless politicians as “lame ducks”? How did “posh” become such a stylish word?

Part language guide, part cultural study, How to Speak Brit is the perfect addition to every Anglophile’s library and an entertaining primer that will charm the linguistic-minded legions.

Learn British English:
Word Power 101

 

 

Master British English with Learn British English – Word Power 101. This audiobook is a completely new way to learn British English vocabulary fast – and for free! Start speaking British English in minutes with the powerful learning methods you will master in this book.

The vocabulary words you’ll find in Learn British English – Word Power 101 were hand selected by our British English language teachers as the top 101 most frequently used words in the British English language. Follow along with the the complimentary downloadable PDF, where you’ll see the word and a vibrant image to help remember the meaning. Hear the word to master the pronunciation. Then you’ll see how the word is actually used in everyday speech with sample sentences and phrases. Learning British English vocabulary has never been easier!

Anglotopia’s Dictionary of British English 2nd Edition:
British Slang from A to Zed

 

 

 

It is often said that Britain and the United States are a common culture divided by language. This book is a guide to all the fun linguistic differences between American and British English. The British not only have their own unique words but they also use certain words much differently and this book seeks to gather all those words and phrases in one place for easy reference. This book is perfect to keep on hand while you’re watching the latest episode of Downton Abbey or Doctor Who and you hear a word that you don’t understand. It is our hope that this book will enrich your experience of British Culture and lead to further understanding between our two countries. Over 2,000 words defined!

The Standard British English Dialect
(CD included)

 

 

 

This user-friendly book (approximately 25 pages and 30 minutes of recording on the accompanying CD) is the industry standard for the Standard British English dialect, or Received Pronunciation. Instead of mere voice mimicry, you get a proven system of instruction. One in Paul Meier’s acclaimed series, it’s easy enough for the beginner, yet rigorous enough for the most experienced professional. Coaching many famous actors in films (Tobey Maguire, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo, for example), Meier has also taught dialects at RADA, LAMDA, Webber-Douglas, Drama Studio, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and other conservatories. In addition to his easy-to-follow practice material, for each dialect Paul coaches you in two monologues (one male and one female) from a well-known play or film, and links you to the hundreds of online recordings of native dialect speakers on his International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA). Further enhancing the value of the book are his interactive IPA phonetics charts and information on his unique show-specific dialect CDs for hundreds of plays and musicals, custom CD recording, and phone-coaching services. “Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen” (also available on Amazon) contains all 24 of Meier’s individually available dialects and accents.

The UK to USA Dictionary
British English vs. American English

 

Bob’s Your Uncle (all is well) with this dictionary of British English vs. American English. Not only does it contain an A to Zed of all the terms and expressions that separate our common language; it also has lists of rhyming slang, pronunciation and spelling differences. The back of the book contains a section on cultural differences, food and drink, conversion charts, British holidays and more. This book is great for those who travel to the UK or read books by British authors. It also comes in handy if you travel to British influenced destinations such as Jamaica, Cayman Is., and India. Terms such as loo for bathroom and petrol for gas may already be some you’ve heard – but did you know a sleeping policeman is a speed bump or candy floss is cotton candy? If you’re an Anglophile or an expatriate on either side of the pond this book is great for your business associates, families and friends. British American Business Councils and other organizations use them for their members and they have even been purchased for wedding favors when a Brit is marrying an American or vice versa. What fun! If you watch Top Gear on TV this book can translate some of the expressions you hear!

Knickers in a Twist:
A Dictionary of British Slang

 

 

 

 

Brits and Americans dress the same, eat at the same chain restaurants, pass music back and forth across the Atlantic, and our national leaders are practically conjoined twins. But the second the Brits open their mouths, all bets are off. So don’t dream of visiting the UK, dating a Brit, or truly understanding what Jude Law is saying without this handy, hilarious, and informative guide to Britspeak. With the cheekiness of Austin Powers and the tidbit quotient of Schott’s Miscellany, screenwriter Jonathan Bernstein’s collection of Cockney rhyming slang, insults culled from British television shows of yore, and regional and “high British” favorites provides hours of educational, enlightening, even life saving hilarity. And if it doesn’t accomplish that, at least you’ll be aware that when a British citizen describes you as a “wally,” a “herbert,” a “spanner,” or a “bampot,” he’s not showering you with compliments. Knickers in a Twist is as indispensable as a London city guide, as spot-on funny as an episode of The Office, and as edifying as Born to Kvetch and Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

Why is British English an important language to learn?

If you already know how to speak English-American, you might think that you are more than prepared for a trip to the United Kingdom. However, once you arrive there, you may find that you are a little over your head when it comes to understanding how the Brits talk! They have a completely different accent than the people in America and the words that they use do not always mean the same thing. In fact, there are two types of British pronunciation that you need to be aware of and they are Received Pronunciation, which is used by the upper class and the Queen, and Normal Pronunciation. In Received Pronunciation, the letter R is often silent unless it is followed by a vowel. The accent and pronunciation for Normal Pronunciation can vary depending on where a person lives and who they hang out with. Learning English-British will not only help you communicate when you are over in the UK. It will also help you when you bump into a Brit as you are traveling the world or when you need to work with someone from another country. While not as many people speak English-British, you will still encounter them quite often and it will always be nice to know what a person is saying to you!