Downton Accent Challenge: The Dowager Countess of Grantham
My name is _______ and I welcome you to Downton Abbey.
Pronounce the following words: ghastly, room, curtsy, darling, gaiety, posh, governess, earl, rather, dowager, glass, pamuk, contrary, duke, salt, throat, loader, delightful, spoke, marriage, fellow, disturbed, lawyer, unorthodox.
Read out the following BAMF quotes in your best Violet accent:
- What is a week-end?
- I feel as if I were on stage at the Gaiety!
- Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G.Wells novel.
- Well, we could always start with Mrs. Crawley and Lady Grantham.
- Oh, I do hope I’m interrupting something.
- No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house!
- But if there are relapses…what then? Amputation in the dining room? Resuscitation in the pantry?
- One can’t go to pieces at the death of every foreigner. We’d all be in a constant state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper!
- No doubt you’ll regard this as rather unorthodox, my pushing in to a man’s bedroom uninvited.
- She looked like Juliet, on awakening in the tomb.
- I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.
- Oh, I don’t think things are quite that desperate.
- No one wants to kiss a girl in black.
- I have a cold!
- She is an obstacle to your happiness dear and must be removed.
- Really, Rosamund, there is no need to sound so gleeful. You sound like Robespierre lopping off the head of Marie Antoinette!
- I would just say one thing… marriage is a long business, there’s no getting out of it for our kind of people. You may live forty…fifty years with one of these two women. Just make sure you have selected the right one.
To end the audio post, say whatever kickass phrase you wish in the voice of Violet Crawley.