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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Interested in 1:1 coaching via Zoom? Contact me directly: private_tuition@ receivedpronunciation.com (Please remove the space after the @ sign.)

 

 

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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.

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

Accent reduction for Americans available here.

Do you want to speak with an accent that sounds more native-like? Learn Received Pronunciation, the accent spoken by British journalists, newsreaders and the top British actors in Hollywood.

With over 200 lessons, this course covers the fundamentals of British English pronunciation. You will be introduced to the 20 vowel sounds, the 24 consonant sounds, and connected speech.

Each individual phoneme is introduced step-by-step with easy-to-understand video tutorials and PDF documents, followed by exercises to help you reinforce your newly found knowledge.

 

 

Chapter I starts with a general overview of the basic tools we will be using to study Received Pronunciation: the International Phonetic Alphabet and the monophthong chart. Unlike English spelling, the International Phonetic Alphabet gives us an accurate representation of each individual sound. The monophthong chart helps us identify the position of the tongue for each phoneme.

 

In Chapters II, III & IV, we will explore 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? 

Certain sounds of British English do not exist in other languages. As a result, non-native speakers can have a tendency to substitute sounds that have a vague similarity but aren’t actually the same. Drawing our attention to these small but important details can help us understand how to sound more natural.

 

Hundreds of listening exercises have been created to help you identify each target sound. Since the input and output mechanisms (listening and pronunciation) are strongly interrelated, having a good ear will also help you output the sounds more accurately.

Starting from single-syllable words, we will gradually move onto more complex sentence structures. These simple exercises will help you finely tune your ears to the subtle differences in sounds that you may not have been aware of.

Being able to identify, extract and distinguish individual sounds is an important step that we should take before we engage in more practical hands-on exercises.

 

 

Each section includes a vowel training exercise. The pattern shown in the above screenshot is a combination of the target sound together with the schwa sound. These simple and straight-forward drills will help you 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 you gain more confidence, more complex exercises and drills are introduced. You can also submit questions directly to the course instructor via the discussion panel.

Watch video content unique to this course of up-and-coming actors and Business experts. Observe the sounds highlighted during natural conversation. 

Sign up today and learn to speak with a natural British English accent! 

https://receivedpronunciation.thinkific.com/courses/british-english-pronunciation-received-pronunciation

Free preview available before purchase. Video tutorials include English subtitles. Japanese subtitles are also in the works.

 

 

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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