If you are a person in contact with people who know English, you most likely have heard someone say “I love British Accent” more than once. There’s something classy and delightful about British accent that makes English sound better than usual.
However, it’s not like if you want a specific accent you will have it in a matter of days. Accents are just like languages themselves. You won’t get to speak English as if you were born in London only by practicing a couple of times after watching Doctor Who.
Nevertheless, it’s always possible to develop a habit that will help you achieve your goal. It’s about practice and repetition, but come on, if you are able to learn a new language, how won’t you achieve your goal of speaking like Daniel Craig. Just practice, keep in contact with the accent and give it some time.
Today we will give you some tips to help you develop this accent. Remember to practice daily.
Listen to British Accent Carefully
In UK accent varies a lot. Cities that are located at less than a few miles from each other can have notable differences in the way its inhabitants speak. That’s why you should start with something you can call “Standard accent” or “BBC English”. Here you can check some news in this standard accent.
First, try to get accustomed to it. Listen to it over and over again and try to spot the differences between your accent and theirs. Once you’ve gotten used to it, emulate the way they speak, watch carefully how they open their mouths when speaking and listen carefully to the intonation.
Focus on the Main Differences
When you are trying to spot the differences between your accent and British accent you will notice some sounds and letters are one of the main reasons why it sounds so different.
- The Rs: when people speak with British accent they usually don’t roll the R. The sound when the R is located in the middle of a word is very light, and when it’s located at the end is almost never pronounced. Writer – Whri-tah
- The vowels: depending of the consonants surrounding the vowel, the sound can be totally different from usual
- The consonants: this is very much like the case of the vowels. Depending on the word’s length and the consonants it has, the pronunciation can be entirely different. For example, the word duty, while in American accent goes like “Diu-ry” in British accent would be more like “Diu-ty”.
Also, the phonetic chart changes a lot. You can use it to help you understand the differences between one another. There are online dictionaries and apps with both pronunciations. You can play and repeat the British one and try to copy it.
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