Excellent Introduction to the R.P. Accent

Benjamin gives a fantastic breakdown of the R.P (Received Pronunciation) accent.

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Some Feedback About My Accent Course

Eduardo from Spain wrote with some feedback about my Clear Accent course:

“Just a few lines to thank you for your advice. I started your course “Clear up your Accent” a couple of weeks ago. I was already familiar with the IPA and so on, but I must say that all the exercises and lectures you provide us with are being really helpful, and reviewing all the sound is making my speech much clearer. I’ve […]

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Accent Training Secrets — How to Improve Your Accent

My biggest speech training secrets revealed: How to improve your accent or speech via self-training. This is the accent and speech training method that is used in my accent training course and is also the method I follow when I want to teach myself a new style of speech. Follow this method and you will achieve results that improve your overall speech clarity and confidence when speaking. The same method applies to native speakers […]

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Chinese Accent Speaking Problems in English

My thoughts on the speech and accent problems some Chinese people encounter when they learn to speak English. Also, telling you a little about myself as a teacher and why I am motivated to help people who have speech problems.

In summary, as a teacher I serve people who are aware of their speech problems and who need extra support so that they can stop struggling in their daily life due to miscommunication.

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‘Thanks for Everything’: Feedback on my Accent Course

I received a review of my accent course from Alex who is learning the Estuary English accent (so that he doesn’t sound like he is from any particular social class but somewhere in-between). Here’s what he had to say…

My name is Alex and I am from the Netherlands.
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating your accent training course.
For years I have been trying to get the […]

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More Than an Accent Course

Here’s a review by Eleni who joined my accent course a couple of months ago. Eleni didn’t need accent training to get a British accent but she did want to improve the tone and expression of her way of speaking.

Eleni’s Review

I grew up in a Greek-speaking home, in New York City, in Queens. Yes, you can understand that my speaking voice could use some refinement.

In the summer of 2016, I joined the Thomson-Reuters […]

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/L/ and /R/ Pronunciation: The Thai Way!

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Scottish Lift Voice Recognition Error

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I (Heart) Chinese Obama

Enough said…

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What I Really Think of the R.P. Accent (honestly this time…)

When I make videos about the R.P. (Received Pronunciation) accent, people tend to get upset. I think that’s because some people feel like I am being critical of the way they have learnt to speak English – but is that really so? Or am I just observing subtle realities in language and the voice that the great majority of people cannot hear themselves?

In 2013 I made lots of videos about the R.P. accent that […]

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Funny Flashback — Chavvy English

I came across this old video of mine where I do some chavvy English accents and common catchphrases. (Chavvy means low class / common). I wonder how much you can understand? :p



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Speak Like a REAL Londoner

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The Language of EastEnders

Guest post by Nina Lalumia

This is a celebration of the rich language of EastEnders, the long-running BBC drama that takes places in the fictional working-class neighbourhood of Walford in London. Before starting out, I do want to say a little bit about the other reasons I love the show. It presents a diverse range of characters: white and black, Christian and Muslim, gay and straight. But none of them are placed artificially to serve a […]

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How to Pronounce Places in London – The Cockney Way

How to say names of places in London in a Cockney / Estuary English accent.


(1) Ends in -ham

(2) Ends in -den / -don

(3) Ends in -ton
Stoke Newington

(4) th fronting
South London
North London
Bethnal Green

(5) Dark /l/
Forest Hill
Russell Square
Crystal Palace
BUT NOT: London Bridge, Leyton or Turnpike Lane

(6) Glottals either /t/ /p/ or /k/

(7) H-dropping
Hackney Wick
High […]

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Is Niomi Smart Posh?

Watching Niomi Smart’s lifestyle videos on YouTube took me in the direction of pondering whether or not she is posh, and if so, what it means to be ‘posh’ in England these days. PLEASE NOTE: the post that follows consists of light-hearted speculation about Niomi’s ‘poshness’ based on my having followed her YouTube channel for about a year. At the time of writing, not a lot of biographical about Niomi Smart is available online therefore much of […]

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