Do you want to speak with an accent that sounds more native like?
With over 200 lessons, this course covers the fundamentals of British English pronunciation. Students are introduced to the 24 vowel sounds, the 20 consonant sounds and connected speech.
Each individual phoneme is introduced step-by-step in a simple and easy to understand video tutorials. Complete the exercises to help reinforce your newly found knowledge.
Chapter I starts with a general overview of the tools required for studying Received Pronunciation.
Students are introduced to the basic tools that we will be using in the course: the International Phonetic Alphabet and the monophthong chart.
The aim of this section is to give a general overview before further examining the individual elements that make up British English Pronunciation.
Chapters II, III & IV introduces each individual vowel sound in more detail.
Where is the phoneme located on the vowel chart?
Where do we position the tip of the tongue.
Which facial muscles are we using? How does it compare to other vowel sounds?
Some sounds in British English do not exist in other languages. As a result, non-native speakers may have a tendency to substitute sounds that have a vague similarity, but aren’t actually the same. We must become aware of these faults before we can seek any improvements.
For example, in British English pronunciation, the front vowel sound /æ/ as in "cat" can have a greater aspiration of airflow compared to a similar vowel sound in other languages.
Drawing our attention to these small but important details can really help us understand what is really required to sound more natural.
Hundreds of listening exercises have been created to test the student's ability to identify the target sound.
The difficulty level is incremental, starting from single syllable sounds, and gradually increasing to more complex sentence structures.
Being able to identify, extract and distinguish individual sounds is an important step before we engage in more practical hands-on exercises.
Each section ends with a vowel training exercise to help the student absorb the natural patterns of British English pronunciation. The basic pattern introduced here is a combination of the target sound together with the schwa sound. These simple exercises will help the student become more accustomed to the natural rhythm of stressed and unstressed syllables, which is a key characteristic of British English pronunciation.
Downloadable PDF documents with explanations and diagrams are available in a clear and easy to understand format.
As the student gains more confidence, further exercises and drills are introduced, including shadowing exercises.
The course can be accessed via the following link: https://receivedpronunciation.thinkific.com/courses/british-english-pronunciation-received-pronunciation
A mini-course is also available here.