Received Pronunciation: Complete Course
Learn the accent spoken by British newsreaders, presenters, journalists, and the top British actors in Hollywood.
My comprehensive program systematically deconstructs the elements of British English pronunciation, commencing with basic sounds and progressing to natural sentence structures. The course strikes a balance between detailed explanations and practical exercises.
Upon encountering my course, individuals often perceive it as intricate. Some find it too scholarly, inundating students with lengthy explanations and diagrams. Conversely, those who have struggled with accent adjustments over the years appreciate the detailed attention.
Avoid the Pitfalls
While many students prefer diving straight into practical exercises, aiming for perfection through practice, I believe that this approach contributes to their challenges. The oversight lies in neglecting the subtle nuances that native speakers inherently grasp. Learners tend to overcompensate, attempting to replicate sounds through the lens of their native language.
Let's Start with a Strong Foundation
Drawing from my own language learning experiences, I’ve made similar mistakes, and it’s these very errors that I aim to guide students away from. A profound understanding of these intricacies renders pronunciation significantly more manageable. For this reason, investing time in studying the foundational aspects is crucial, and this forms the essence of my course. We’ll start from the very basic aspiration of sounds and gradually work our way up to everyday fluent speech.
A Basic Overview
Chapter I starts with a general overview of the basic tools we will be using:
The International Phonetic Alphabet
The Vowel Sound Chart
Unlike English spelling, the International Phonetic Alphabet gives us an accurate representation of each individual sound. The vowel sound chart will help us identify the position of the tongue for each vowel sound.
We’ll also take a brief look at:
The Schwa Sound
The Feedback Loop
The Language Filter
Remember, this chapter is a basic overview. Everything will be explored in detail in the chapters ahead.
The 20 Vowel Sounds
In Chapters II, III & IV, we explore each vowel sound in detail.
Where is the phoneme located on the vowel sound chart?
Where do we position the tip of the tongue?
Which facial muscles are we using?
How does the target compare to similar vowel sounds?
We’ll delve into the unique sounds of British English and compare sounds that appear similar but are distinctly different when paying closer attention. This focus on small but significant details will help us understand how to sound more native-like.
We’ll also examine the critical role of consonant sounds in British English pronunciation. Non-native speakers can often find it challenging to articulate consonant sounds of British English with the same clarity and depth as a native speaker. We’ll explore the interaction between the mouth, lips, teeth, tongue, and lungs and how it plays a crucial role in producing clear and distinct consonant sounds.
Identify the Target Sound
Before engaging in more hands-on exercises, it’s crucial to be able to identify, isolate, and differentiate the most basic sounds. This is a key aspect of this course.
Ask yourself the following:
Can I recognize the target sound in isolation?
Can I distinguish between the target sound and similar but distinctly different sounds?
The listening exercises start with single-syllable words and gradually progress to more intricate sentence structures. These exercises will help you become attuned to the subtle differences in sounds that you may not have previously noticed.
Each section features a vowel training exercise. The exercise pattern displayed in the screenshot below features two-syllable words that start with the target sound /æ/ and end with the schwa sound.
Our attention is brought to the following:
The first syllable contains the front vowel sound /æ/ which forces the mouth wide and open.
The second syllable contains the schwa sound which commands a relaxed facial posture. There is minimal movement in the mouth and lips.
These drills will help you get a better feel for the patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables, a crucial aspect of British English Pronunciation.
Muscle Memory Workout
Complete the muscle memory workout exercises to help you train the articulators to become more adept at recreating the natural sounds of British English pronunciation.
Developing muscle memory is crucial in improving your accent because it allows you to automate the correct pronunciation of sounds. When you repeat the same exercises over time, your muscles will learn to respond in the right way without requiring conscious effort. This allows you to focus more on the meaning of what you are saying and less on the mechanics of pronunciation. As a result, you will be able to speak more confidently and naturally.
In addition, by developing muscle memory, you will be able to produce the sounds of British English pronunciation more consistently, even when speaking at a faster pace or in more complex sentences. This will make your accent sound more natural and increase your overall comprehensibility to native English speakers.
Lesson PDFs & Discussion Forum
You’ll also have access to clear and concise PDF documents with explanations and diagrams.
As your skills progress, you’ll encounter increasingly complex exercises and drills.
For any questions, you can directly reach out to me through the discussion forum.
Unique Video Content
The course includes video tutorials and specially created videos with native British English speakers. These videos highlight the sounds we use in everyday conversation. While it’s good to study sounds in a textbook, it’s crucial to also observe them in spontaneous speech. Watch videos with various personalities like up-and-coming actors and business experts. Pay close attention to their speech and see if you can identify the sounds you’ve learned in each chapter.
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Who is the target audience for this course?
This course is tailored for non-native English speakers aspiring to master Received Pronunciation.
What is Received Pronunciation?
Received Pronunciation, as defined by the Cambridge Dictionary, is “the standard way in which middle-class speakers of southern British English pronounce words.”
Can native English speakers benefit from this course?
Certainly! Native English speakers can find value in this course, as it covers common aspects among various English accents. However, some concepts might already be familiar to native speakers, such as those who speak General American English. For instance, individuals accustomed to aspirated consonant sounds might find these aspects covered in the course unnecessary. Nonetheless, the course provides valuable insights and techniques for mastering accents beyond one’s native dialect. Speakers of General American English are recommended to explore the Student Correction Course for a more tailored experience.
What is the expected duration of the Complete Course?
The average completion time for this course, based on feedback from previous students, ranges anywhere between 20-60 hours, depending on individual progress.
Why is the Complete Course so lengthy?
This course goes beyond teaching the sounds of Received Pronunciation; it aims to help students internalize them. Concepts introduced earlier are revisited in greater detail later in the course. Alongside quizzes and exercises, there are numerous listening, shadowing, and muscle memory exercises included.
Is there a time limit to complete this course?
No, students enrolling in this course will enjoy lifetime access.
Are there any prerequisites for taking this course?
While no specific prerequisites exist, a basic level of English proficiency is recommended for optimal learning. Most videos include English subtitles, and subtitles in other languages are also provided.
Can I access the course materials on any device?
Absolutely, the course is accessible on any device with an internet connection using a web browser.
Is there any support provided during the course?
Yes, a dedicated support team is available to assist students with any questions or issues they may encounter during the course.
Is the course self-paced?
Yes, the course is self-paced. Students can progress through the material at their own pace.
What happens if I need to take a break from the course?
You can progress and resume later; the course will pick up where you left off.
Are there any future discounts available for this course?
The Complete Course is priced at its best rate, offering exceptional value for money. Additionally, any future content and upgrades added to the course will be provided at no extra cost.