A BRITISH ACCENT STUDENT GUIDE THAT WORKS
Learn to speak with a British accent in a structured way with the Practice Reading & Speaking Student Guide to phonics.
This British accent student guide, will help you practice one sound at a time along with the spellings that are related to that sound. Learning phonics to practice your accent is the best way to learn to speak with a British accent.
When someone’s first language is not English, their accent errors tend to be dependent on their first language. It takes more than learning English words and being able to speak them in sentences to correct your accent. Phonics is the key to getting it right. You will need to learn how to pronounce every sound heard in British English in exactly the same way that the British do. This means filtering out your own accent, intonation and emphasis when you speak in English. It’s rather like trying to change the way you write.
BRITISH ACCENT STUDENT GUIDE
Getting to grips with your accent errors means listening intently to the way YOU speak in comparison to natural British English speakers. The 70 Modules in this British Accent student guide, covers all the common accent errors when learning English.
For example the word sheep is contained in Lesson 26 along with other words containing the ee sound. There is an image of a tree on the page demonstrating that ‘sheep’ contains the same sound as tree. The word sheep is placed between three and flee demonstrating that it contains the same sound. Vowel digraphs are on blue pages, short vowel sounds are coloured red. There is no mistaking how the word is intended to be pronounced. If it sounded like ‘i’ as in pin, the main page colour would be red. The image demonstrating that sound is an igloo. So the second sound that hear in ‘sheep’ is definitely ‘ee’ not ‘i’. The clues you get for pronunciation will be obvious and become second nature when working through the course. Confusion is eliminated.
MISTAKES TO AVOID & Module number in the Read and Speak English eBook
Did you really say ‘man’ when you read it aloud or did you say men or marn? 10
If what you meant to say was need, why did you say nid instead? 26
If you said sheep, did it sound like ship? 26
Did you mean to say three and it came out as tree? 26
When you meant to say brain, did it sound like blain to a British person? 51
You wanted to say liberty, but it sounded more like leeberty 21
When you said ‘duty’ did it sound more like dyerty? 46
Instead of meeting, did you say mitting 26
When you said win did you actually say ween 11
If you said pool, did it sound more like pull 29
You meant to say coat and it sounded more like cot 28
You said lov instead of love (love should sound like up and son) 23
It’s they not zay 14 & 25
Truth not troof 14 & 29
Change not changey 25 & 37
TARGET EVERY PART OF EVERY WORD
As you can see, every part of every word is important. That’s why going back to basics using this British accent student guide will give you precise, ordered, targeted accent practice. You will learn how to pronounce every sound in every word precisely without mistakes.
The PRS Student Guide for ‘Practice Reading & Speaking’, contains 70 Modules or lessons. Whereas the Phonic Stories eBook for adults contains increasingly complex texts that contains all of the sounds heard in English and can be used alongside this course.
In module 14, you will learn that there are two different ways to say ‘th’ in English. Are you aware of the differences? Can you say both? Using this British accent student guide, you will learn everything that you need to learn to speak with a British English accent in just 70 lessons.
This British accent student guide helps you practice the most used words in English as well as medium and low frequency words. When this phonics course was being written, everyday words used in the home, at work, public places, on the internet and on British TV was collected for the purpose of ensuring that readers will practice words commonly used in the everyday language of residents in the UK.
HOW THIS BRITISH ACCENT PHONICS GUIDE WORKS
To learn how this British accent student guide works as an accent training course, take a closer look at the PRS STUDENT GUIDE.
To begin training your accent, use the PRS Student Guide and the Phonic Stories for adults eBooks. This British accent student guide will help fill in the gaps in your understanding of how a British accent works.
Buy the PRS Student Guide (eBook) and PRS Phonic Stories for adults (eBook). If you would like to learn how to write in English as well, purchase the full Practice Reading and Speaking eBook course instead of the Student Guide.
Listen and watch the video link that you will be given to learn how to pronounce every sound heard in English in the British English way. Memorise these sounds. Everything that you learn in the course will be based on these sounds. (This video works for American English phonics too.)
Go to Module 1 in the course to visually see all of the sounds that you will be working with.
If you have difficulty with pronouncing any of the sounds, use module 2 to help you with mouth shape and position for the alphabet sounds as well as h blends and ng.
Revise each of the alphabet sounds using Modules 2 through to seven. Read the groups of words associated with the sounds, being aware that every part of every word needs to be pronounced precisely. With Module 9 you will be blending two sounds together using all of the vowels. Read this module quickly and accurately. Read the notes at the bottom of the page. Take note of the pronunciation hints.
From Module 10 onward you will need to check your pronunciation against the online link you will be given. Type a line of words into the link and have them read to you in a British English accent. Correct any mistakes you are making.
Next read, the phonic story related to the module in the British student guide that you have just practised. Type out the story, saying each word aloud as you type it. Now copy and paste what you have typed into the online pronunciation website.
- Listen carefully to the pronunciation of each word.
- Listen also for which part of the word is being emphasised.
You may need to slow down the speech in the software. Read the story with the program pronouncing every word exactly as the English speaker does.
Record Yourself Speaking
Record yourself reading the phonic based story and play it back. Compare your version with the version that is read to you in the software. Correct any of your mistakes. Keep doing this until you have completed each module and matching story up to module 39.
You will have covered every sound heard in English and learned to read words, phrases and sentences with a British accent. You can check your pronunciation at any time with the online software.
Module 40 to 70 allows you to practice your accent with increasingly more complex words. Modules 52 and 58 have pronunciation tips at the bottom of the page. However, by module 39 you will have learned most of what you need to know in order to pronounce English words correctly.
If you are unsure at any time of your pronunciation, just type a sentence or two into the online pronunciation website to double check your accent.
Learn Common British Phrases and their meanings to help you understand everyday English.
British Accent or American English
Using this method of training your accent means that no matter what your country of origin is, you will be covering mistakes commonly made by speakers from your country who are learning to speak with a British accent. If you are interested in how American English compares to British English take a look at this page on our sister website: