Do you want to speak with an accent that sounds more native-like? Learn Received Pronunciation, the accent spoken by British journalists 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 24 vowel sounds, the 20 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 for studying 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. We must become aware of these differences before we can seek to make 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 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.
The difficulty level is incremental. Starting from single syllable sounds, we will gradually move onto more complex sentence structures. These simple yet 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 with a vowel training exercise. The pattern shown in the above screenshot is a combination of the target sound together with the schwa sound. These basic but effective 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.
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