There are twenty vowel sounds in British English pronunciation. This includes seven short vowel sounds, five long vowel sounds, and eight diphthong vowel sounds. We can further categorize each vowel sound according to their respective positions on the monophthong chart. For further materials, sign up here.

 

 

The short vowel sounds 短母音:

 

1.æ cat, man, hat, van, black

2.ɪ kit, big, hit, live, rich

3.ʊ book, wolf, hood, wood, could

4.ɛ send, end, bed, red, desk

5.ɒ hot, top, box, dog, strong

6.ʌ sun, duck, bulb, bus, hut

7.ə again, adapt, advance, across

 

The long vowel sounds 長母音

 

8.iː sleep, need, feet, heat

9.ɜː nurse, bird, third, curse

10.ɔː talk, fall, north, horse

11.uː new, noon, too, few

12.ɑː car, far, hard, large

 

Diphthong vowels 二重母音

 

13.ɪə near, hear, fear

14.eə hair, pair, there

15.eɪ rain, lane, main

16.ɔɪ noise, toy, coin

17.aɪ rice, kite, my

18.əʊ no, those, low

19.aʊ how, round, loud

20.ʊə pure, cure, tour

 

Front vowels 前舌母音: æ ɪ ɛ

Central vowels 中舌母音: ə ɜː ʌ

Back vowels 後舌母音: ʊ ɔː ɒ ɑː



A cup of tea please (ə kʌp ɒv tiː pliːz)

A bottle of water (ə ˈbɒtl ɒv ˈwɔːtə)

Made in Japan (meɪd ɪn ʤəˈpæn)

I’m Japanese (aɪm ˌʤæpəˈniːz)

 

This course is catered to those who speak General American English.

Perhaps you are an American expat living in the UK, a diplomat who wishes to blend in with the crowd, or maybe you are an aspiring actor who wishes to master the subtleties of Received Pronunciation. Whatever your goals, this course is for you.

The methods for teaching Received Pronunciation should differ depending on the student's background. Teaching RP to a native English speaker should differ to the methods used for non-native speakers. British English pronunciation and American English pronunciation, while different have many common aspects. The breathing mechanism for both accents is similar, but the use of vowel sounds differs.

In American English, the jaw tends to be more slack, whereas with Received Pronunciation there is more focus on the rounding of the lips. It's really not that difficult for most Americans to put on a British accent, however it can often be too polished, a little old fashioned or the intonation can be a bit too exaggerated. This is fine if you want to develop a command of the British accent for the sole purpose of film and drama, but if you want to blend in with certain circles, you need to be aware of the different forms of RP. There are conservative, traditional and modern forms of RP. We should also be aware of pitch, intonation and voice inflection. 

Unlike acting and drama, everyday conversation should come across as natural and not too over the top. You may even notice this with some Hollywood actors. Their command of the British accent can sometimes be almost too perfect, making it sound a little unnatural. This course focuses on the more natural and modern forms of Received Pronunciation. Students are also free to adapt and adjust their accent according to their purpose.

During this course, students are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet and given an overview of the differences in the physical movements. We will identify the key differences between the two accents. Once we have covered the basics, we can practice speaking exercises.    

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Do people often fail to understand you, even though your grammar is correct? Do you wish to learn to speak English with a more native-like accent that is easy for people to understand? Perhaps you can write grammatically correct sentences, but when it comes to conversation you fail to leave the right impression due to poor pronunciation and intonation?

Whether you are a business person involved in high stakes negotiations or a student giving presentations, communicating clearly and effectively is essential.

The aim of this course is to give non-native English speakers the necessary tools and knowledge to adopt Received Pronunciation. 

Students are guided step-by-step using carefully prepared materials with a clear and concise structure to help them improve regardless of their level. With practice, patience and the right mindset it can be done.

Each 40 minute lesson is held using the Zoom conference platform.

During this course you will:

  • learn to identify and distinguish each individual phoneme of the English language using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  • understand how combining different consonant and vowel sounds can connect words to create natural rhythm and intonation.
  • learn how to better shape your mouth and tune your vocal cords.
  • practice regular exercises to drill and reinforce what you have learned. 
  • develop a more conscious awareness about pronunciation. 
  • develop the ability to self-diagnose and correct yourself.
  • understand how your mother tongue may be hindering your English pronunciation. 
  • develop natural competency using techniques such as timed repetition and shadowing.
  • learn about the importance of muscle memory and the feedback loop.
  • learn to recognize and absorb natural patterns that native English speakers take for granted.

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Hello there. My interest in English pronunciation began over 10 years ago while working at an English pronunciation school in Tokyo. I gained valuable insight into the struggles that non-native speakers experience in developing natural fluency. I also made an appearance in the Japanese publication, 日本人のための英語発音完全教本 (ISBN-10: 4872177606 / ISBN-13: 978-4872177602).

Helping students was challenging, but at the same time, it made me think about developing effective methods to help non-native English speakers acquire more natural pronunciation and rhythm.

I have always been interested in languages and the thought process involved in language acquisition. It's not just about studying, but also developing the correct mindset. You really have to consider the whole thought process. How do native speakers of a certain language think? How do they process information? How do they develop the ability to read, write and speak?

I majored in mathematics, and perhaps it is for this reason that I like to apply a logical thought process and reasoning to language acquisition. My second language is French, and my third language is Japanese. Analyzing the patterns of behaviour of native speakers has helped me acquire the skills necessary to work as a Japanese-English translator.

I also studied a little Korean during my time in Japan. Although my studies of the Korean language never got that far, understanding the phonetic alphabet (known as Hangeul) made me think more about how we can accurately replicate the sounds of native speakers of any language.

My teaching method follows a logical process and utilizes techniques that are influenced by my own experiences in both teaching and studying. 

This course aims to give students the correct tools and guidance to think and function like a native English speaker.

 

 

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