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.

 

 

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.

Contact me for a free 30 minute consultation: private_tuition@ receivedpronunciation.com (Please remove the space after the @ sign.)

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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 a 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.

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 in a range of specialist fields.

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 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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