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    Default British t and r

    Hello
    I always hear glottal stops in British accent, sometimes they replace R's, sometimes T's. Someone told me it is unacceptable and that it's a feature of cockney accent. However, most Britians say them
    Anyway here is an example from BBC,
    ?BBC Arabic? - ?????? ??????????? - ?bbcelondon2nd?

    When I use glottal stops in British accent?
    with t's or r's or both.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: British t and r

    The glottal stop to replace T has spread beyond Cockney- there's talk of Estuary English, which has some of the sounds of Cockney but uses conventional grammar and is widely used in London and the south. There's no need to do it at all. Some people don't like it, but it is common enough, though the statement that most Britons say them is an exaggeration.

    However, unless you are trying to acquire a regional accent, I can't see that much point in trying to do it- if you pronounce the T in the normal way, you will be understood anywhere in the English-speaking world. Tony Blair, for instance, was something of a pronunciation chameleon and his accent would change according to his audience- he would often use the glottal stop in the UK, but not when abroad.

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