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Let's Master British English Pronunciation

Jade Ball, English language teacher

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17 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Let's Master British English Pronunciation Introduction

    • 2. Part 1

    • 3. Part 2

    • 4. Part 3

    • 5. Part 4

    • 6. Part 5

    • 7. Part 6

    • 8. Part 7

    • 9. Part 8

    • 10. Part 9

    • 11. Part 10

    • 12. Part 11

    • 13. Part 12

    • 14. Part 13

    • 15. Part 14

    • 16. Part 15

    • 17. Part 16

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If you want to perfect your English, are tired of the stumbling blocks in pronunciation or need a little refresher this course is for you.

As a native British English speaker, I'll take you through several techniques which will be incredibly useful in perfecting your English pronunciation. We'll work through lots of different practice exercises together to develop your confidence, and discover some common misconceptions along the way!

Suitable for beginners through to advanced English speakers, this course is designed to harness your English pronunciation so that you can become a confident speaker.

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1. Let's Master British English Pronunciation Introduction: Hello, My name is Jade. Welcome to my course. Let's master British English pronunciation If you want to perfect your English, are tired of the stumbling blocks in pronunciation or need a little refresher. This course is for you. As a native British English speaker, I'll take you through several techniques, which will be incredibly useful in perfecting your English pronunciation. We'll work through lots of different practice exercises together to develop your confidence and discover some common misconceptions along the way. Suitable for beginners through to advanced English speakers. This course is designed to harness your English pronunciation so that you can become a confident speaker. After this course, you will have improved your English pronunciation. You'll be speaking naturally and freely, and you will have gained the skills you need to communicate effectively. So let's begin. 2. Part 1: where to place a stress. In a word, native speakers of English, particularly British speakers, tend to do what is known as swallowing unstrapped syllables. It's important to learn which syllable to stress when you learn a new word. An example is the word trousers. It's made up of two syllables, but you have to stress the first trousers. However, on another word, forget, which is also made up of two syllables. You stress the second syllable forget, but how do you know which suitable to stress? Unfortunately, it's impossible to know which syllable to place emphasis on. Just by looking at the word, however, there is a very useful tool that can help us. The dictionary. Most dictionaries have a pronunciation guide after every single word. This guide not only tells us how to pronounce it, but also where to place stress. For example, if we look again at the word trousers in a dictionary, you will see something like this. The apostrophe is placed in front of the syllable on which we should place the stress. An example of an online dictionary, which gives you this sort of guide is Oxford Learner's dictionaries dot com. Let's compare this with the word Forget the guide for forget places the apostrophe in front of the second syllable. Whenever you learn a new word, make sure you check this guide as incorrect. Syllable. Emphasis is a common pothole amongst non native speakers. This is especially true if you speak a language that has a specific stress rule such as French, where the last syllable is always emphasized. Let's practice the stress rules. I'm going to give you a word on screen along with its pronunciation guide, and then I'll give you a few seconds for you to try and say it out loud. I'll then give you the correct pronunciation. Remember, the apostrophe comes in front of the sellable. You should stress. Don't worry too much about the phonetic symbols right now. Just focus on where the apostrophe lies. 3. Part 2: Here's your first word. You pronounce this word computer you can see in this. Would we stress the second syllable pew? So we don't say computer, We say computer. If you look at the pronunciation guide, there is an apostrophe in front of the second syllable. Here's your next word. This word is pronounced supermarket. You can note here that the emphasis of the start of the word supermarket let's continue with your next word. This word is pronounced sugar, sugar, Your next word. This word is pronounced coffee. Coffee. Your next word. This word is pronounced hammer hammer Your next word. This word is pronounced bottle bottle. Your next word. This word is pronounced enjoy and joy. Your next word. This word is pronounced. Relax, relax your next word. This word is pronounced beautiful, beautiful. You'll find a witch. This wood is pronounced angry, angry. Here's one more word to practice with. This word is pronounced tremendously tremendously. Some dictionaries show the stress in a different way, either by underlining the syllable or putting it in bold. However, whichever dictionary you use always make a note of the syllable you need to stress whenever you come across. New words The good thing about English is that if you make a noun plural by adding an s, the word will retain the same stress rules. For example, trouser trousers, computer computers, handbag, handbags. Another tip for mastering this is to put the word in a few sentences that you can then speak out loud. This will help you to get your tongue around, how to pronounce the word and start to develop a reflex. Meaning you won't have to think about how to pronounce the word every time you come across it. I'm going to put a sentence on the screen containing some of the words we've looked at. Try and pronounce the sentence out loud and then listen to mine oration to see if you were correct. 4. Part 3: say these sentences out loud. He worked on his computer all day. I bought the bread from the supermarket. I will have two sugars in my tea. Please. Would you like a coffee or a tea? He left his hammer on the side. She bought a bottle of wine. The kids do not enjoy school. I like to relax by the pool. The girl was beautiful. Bob got so angry. This day has been wonderful. 5. Part 4: words, his meeting changes depending on the stress. The stress rules in English are important to learn because sometimes a words meaning can change depending on where you place the emphasis. For example, the word present can be pronounced in two ways and therefore has two meanings. If you stress the first syllable, it could mean a gift or the present tense present. If you stress the second syllable, it means to give something to someone present. How do you think you would pronounce the word present in these sentences? Jane got lots of presents for her birthday. We can understand the present better by looking at the past. I am going to present this award on behalf of the company. Be present. Can you present your case to the court? Harrison. More words whose meaning changes when you change the stressed syllable. 6. Part 5: compact, which means smaller than usual and compact, which means to press something together. Conflict, which is a serious disagreement or argument on conflict, which means to clash content, which is the thing contained in something and content, which is to be happy and satisfied. Contrast a difference between two things and can trust to compare two things. Doesn't a large area of dry land on dessert to leave somebody without help frequent, Which is to do something often and frequent to visit a place often object, which means a non living thing that can be seen onda object to oppose something. Refuse to say you will not do something and refuge. Waste material. A sculpt to go with somebody to protect them and escort a person that travels with some money or another term for a prostitute. Insert something that is put inside something and insert to put something into something insult. To say something that offends somebody and insult a remark that offends somebody invalid, not legally or officially acceptable. Andi Invalid. A person who needs to be taken care off, invite to ask somebody to come and invite on invitation perfect to make something as good as you can and perfect, complete without faults. Progress the process of improving or developing and progress to improve over a period of time. Project. A piece of work to produce something on a project to make an image fall onto a screen record, a written account or a piece of music and record to make an account of something suspect. A person who is suspected of a crime and suspect tohave an idea about something discount on amount of money that is taken off on discount to say something is not true. 7. Part 6: vowel sounds a common problem in English. Pronunciation are the many different vowel sounds. There are short fells long vows, Onda Peculiar Val called Schwab. The vowel sounds also change if they are placed in front of letter are or if there are two vowels place together, which is called a Dia graph. Let's start with the difference between long and short fouls. Long vowels versus short vowels. There are five fouls in the English alphabet, a e i O U. The most common way to pronounce the's vows is known as a short vowel sound. The five short vowel sounds are, uh, a yeah Oh, for example, ankle elefant, indigo octopus umbrella as well as short vowel sounds. We can also pronounce vowels with a long sound. The long vowel sounds are actually the same as the way we pronounce the vowels in the alphabet. A e i o U. For example, Late sleep mine Note mute, Just like with the stress rules. When you learn a new word, you should also learn whether the vowel sound is long or short. Here are some examples of long and short vowel sounds in English words bank and back wheat and wet wine on Duin boat and bought cube and coop. Here are some sentences comparing long vowel sounds and short vowel sounds. The first sentence will contain a long vowel on the second will contain short vowel sounds . Have a go at pronouncing the sentences, paying particular attention to the underlined word and then listen to my generation to see if you got it right. 8. Part 7: a chimpanzee is a type of ape. He always eats an apple for lunch. Another word for friend is made. The dog fell asleep on the mat. I have a terrible pain in my leg. I have only just put the eggs in the pan. Just a little note. There are a few spelling hints that can help us to work out whether a vow should be long or short. These don't work 100% of the time, but they are a good rule of thumb. Number one. Ai is a long vowel sound. For example, Pain ST Paint Vain Rain number two. If a vow is followed by a constant andan E, it's long, for example, made name. Invade came fame. Shame, Faint escape shape. Well, game number three. If a vow is followed by a double continent, it will generally be a short vow. For example, apple cripple that show. Pull who Number four e is a long e sound. For example, creep, meet she cheese. Number five I G. Hate gives a long I sound, for example, bright night right tight night. And finally number six. A vow on an ending syllable is usually long for example. Potato, tomato, bay settee, pistachio toe. Keep in mind that these rules don't work all of the time, but as I say they are a good rule of thumb. Let's continue with our sentences. 9. Part 8 : cover line is baking a cake. My cat likes me to scratch his back. I can't sleep tonight. She slept like a baby. I will meet you tomorrow at 12. They met up for lunch. My feet hurt. Callum was fed up with work. Mary heard her brother creep up the stairs. Josh crept slowly up the stairs. That cake is mine. I will be there in a minute. She committed a crime. Sheila is a criminal. The two companies combined. He put it in the bed. The puppy wind all night. I hope I win the lottery. Mary has shown me everything. The sun shone brightly. He had four books on loan from the library. The train journey was long. Horses like to eat oats. An octopus has eight legs. There were orange cones on the road. The dog had a red color. Can you put your phone on mute? Another word for a dog is a mult. Ted is usually late for work. You might need an umbrella. The kitten was really cute. Sally could her finger on the knife. The smoke fumes filled the room. The roller coaster was fun. So that's five short vows and five long vowel sounds. But there is one more vowel sound I'm going to tackle with you. This vowel sound has a funny name. It's called a Schwab. 10. Part 9: Schwab in English, Schwab is the most common vowel sound. It is the sound of owl makes when it is in an unstrapped syllable. But what does that mean? Every word is made up of a number of syllables. Fun has one syllable open, has two syllables. Computer has three syllables, Autonomy has four syllables and autonomously has five syllables in English. Only one syllable is stressed in a word, as we've explored earlier in this course. For example, in the word hospital, the first syllable is stressed. If we haven't unstrapped syllable that contains a vow, it very often takes on the Schwab sound. Here are some examples of words that contain Schwab at both about taken balloon memory supply teacher. As you can see, the Schwab can appear in any of the vowels, but it always sounds the same. 11. Part 10: vow before our So that's long vows short vowels on the Schwab covered. However, if you see a vow in front of the Letter R, very often, the sound changes. This means that there are some extra vowel sounds we need to learn. Luckily, there are only three number one. The letter A followed by an R. The R sound has this symbol as the phonetic spelling in the dictionary, when in a is followed by an R, it makes the sound O, for example, home charge. Poke large sparkle, partridge. There are a few exceptions to this rule, though. For example, wall warning and warm, which take on the wall sound Rule number two. The letters E I or You, followed by an R. The R Sound has this symbol as the phonetic spelling in a dictionary. When any of thes vowels are followed by the letter, all they make an E all sound. For example, person bird, purse, purpose skirt hurt, flirt. Third squirm. This is very similar to the Schwab, but it is a little different in a pronunciation and finally, rule number three. The letter O, followed by an all the O. R. Sound, has this symbol as the phonetic spelling in a dictionary. When the letter O is followed by an R, it makes an eye wall sound. For example, folk important, more no full on sold notice how the phonetic symbols of followed by this special colon. This indicates that it is a longer sound, not a short sound. English spelling, as we've seen, isn't always reliable in telling us how to pronounce a word. We've seen the many different ways the vows can be pronounced, but let's look a little bit more closely at double vowels. 12. Part 11: di graphs When two vowels appear together, it's proper name as a dia graph a i A you e a uh oh, you etcetera are all examples of dia graphs. We can find a few rules that exist with these dia graphs. Number one words containing the DIA graph A I or eat. I are almost always pronounced as a long a sound daily made praise eight way. The only exception to this rule is when E. I follows a C, such as in receive deceive number two words containing a You are pronounced in the same way as words containing a W making an eye wall sound. For example, audio koot, Autumn Daughter. So rule a few words which contain ault are pronounced in the same way, for example, bought fault. Thoughtful number three words containing e. A A pronounced in two ways. This could be a long G or a shorty. Just look at the word red, which is pronounced either read well. Read. The Long e Sound is also true of words which contain the dia graph i e o E. For example, being rial dream Teal Beach team a chief peace pace free sleep cheese tree some shorty examples are dead. Brett, measure weather ready and red just to let you know that the suffix i e. S has a long I pronunciation such as in spies, cries, flies, tries These words are all derivatives of words ending in And why number four words containing you and you e di graphs have the same pronunciation as e w similar to the long you sound. For example eulogy. Neurology Therapeutic New blue True blue clue number five words containing oh a have a long o sound. This is also true of some words containing ou ondo w for example, boast coat so doh, though blow, grow, show, throw 13. Part 12: number six words containing Oh, I have the same pronunciation As Why, for example, boil soil Point boy Toy number seven a double o can either have a sure to you or a long you sound, and you cannot tell which is which. Just by looking at the word. For example, Food room soon zoo to book look understood Took spooky. There is also 1/3 pronunciation. Often oo sound in words which contain O. L. For example, who knew to school Fool Cool number eight We've seen the dia graph ou in rule to on drool five. This diagram is one of the hardest because it could also have an ow sound such as in the word about it could be a short U sound like roof or it could be a long you sound such as group for example House mouth out 1000 doubt Shout brown cow down town crown in north double young trouble Could should would you through number nine You I di graphs can either be pronounced like a long you such as fruit or a short I sound like and build. For example, bruise juice suit recruit Cruz build killed liquid penguin anguish number 10 e when followed by an all sounds like E page, which is a short e sound. For example, Aerials aeroplane aerobics number 11 words that end in i o. N have the sound Yoon such as opinion. You'll often see sure and soon to, for example, television admission situation. Fascination. Liberation conversion words which end in Shin also have the same pronunciation. Magician, optician musician. The second pronunciation off i o is in words such as biology on dioxide, which takes on an Iot sound, which is really a long guy and a short O sound together, which is called a dip thong. 14. Part 13: number 12. Ah, um, this is another def Fung, which takes on a long E Onda Short u Sound, for example, sodium titanium, magnesium. These words are all usually metals number 13 U. N The U A can be split into words which contain U A l, which creates a diff thong made up of a long you and a Schwab. For example, Sensual individual ritual. Have it, jewel. The second you a group is actually found in Q u a words which produces a quad sound. This is a K w sound followed by a short oh, such as in quantity quality quadruple number 14. There is just one more point to go through with dia graphs. And that is when a dia graft is followed by the letter. All as we've seen with the other vowels, the letter R can change their sound. This is the same with di graphs, the full main dia graphs that can be followed by an all Oh, uh, here, here and there there are three different ways that these can be pronounced Number one rhyming with the way Uh uh there fair Hey, Huh? Pair, stare there. Number two rhyming with fear Yeah. Bia Korea here. New tear, steer wary wit. Yeah. Number three rhyming with for early on. Uh, heard Learn. Yeah. 1/4 dia graph that can be followed by an r you are can be found in Euro Europe neuron. 15. Part 14: pronouncing the letter all there is one big difference between British and American pronunciation of English, and that is the disappearing letter are in British English. If the letter R is followed by a vow, you do pronounce it, for example, run crumb crimson, covering spring boring. However, if the law isn't followed by a vow, it tends to disappear in British pronunciation, for example, the word work in America. They will place emphasis on the all. However, in British English, we tend to elongate the vowel sound and glide over the all work. Here are some more examples Shit. Short hood Mother, father phone yard, you're and turn water. This is known as non row tick dialect on wealth. It is true, the majority of British English speakers. You may come across certain areas, especially within the UK. Where're Otis Ity is evident, such as in the West Country. Here are a few example. Sentences containing words with a silent all have a go at pronouncing them before I do. Peter always works very hard. That shirt needs signing note here. That lining is the only exception to our previous rule. What all is pronounced when preceded by a vow Father needs to shave his beard. My mother has two sugars in her tea. Have you bean to the foam yard, yet I am yearning for a cocktail. She doesn't earn much money where she works. If you burn yourself, be sure to rinse with cold water. 16. Part 15: the two for sounds. There are two ways to pronounce the letters for in English. We call these voiced on voiceless. Two examples are bath and bathed. The first word is voiceless bath. The second is voiced. Gave You can pronounce the's tooth sounds by putting your tongue between your front teeth to pronounce the voiceless for you, simply breathe out buff To pronounce the voice to the you produce sound pave, but the tongue is in the same position. There aren't really any rules that you can use to work out whether the third should be voiced or voiceless. In a word, however, we will explore some common words that you can use to get to grips with the following words have voiceless for sounds. Thank three. Think third thin both thought with Bath. Something themes. Thorn folk, Fissile uh, myth Length. 10th These next words all contain voiced for sounds the those them that then then they Although wins, it's worth noting that there are far more voiceless of sounds than there are voiced. So as a rule of film, it's better to remain voiceless when pronouncing these words. The fanatic symbol for the voiceless for is this Where is the symbol for the voiced? For is this Hear us? And sentences containing lots of T hate words just for a bit of fun. Let's try and say them first. Have a go yourself. Then I'll pronounce them slowly to see if you got it right and then we'll try and speed it up. Number one. These are the three things that they threw through the thatched roof. Number two. The Thin Man thought that 13 folks thanked him. Number three. Both the thought looks had baths in their homes. Number four. The thrush in the thorn bush ate the seeds from the vessel. Now let's try and speed these up. This is noticed tongue twisters in English, as you can very easily trip of your words. Number one. These are for three things that they threw through the thatched roof. Number two. The thin man thought that 13 thoughts thanked him. Number three. Both the folks had baths in their homes. Number four. The thrush in the thorn Bush ate the seeds from the fissile. Maybe take a pause here and see how quickly you can say these sentences. It's much harder than it first seems 17. Part 16: Let's have a quick recap of everything we've learned in this course. Number one. Every word in English has one syllable that is stressed more than the others. Number two. There are certain words whose meaning changes when different syllables are stressed. Number three. There are five types of vowel sounds. Short, long Schwab vowels in front of it all and die graphs. Number four. British English tends to ignore the letter R A, followed by a continent but no one followed by a vow. And finally, number five. There are two ways to pronounce the letters T. H.