In this British accent training free lesson, you will learn and practise examples of the /aʊ/ vowel.

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Improve your British accent by practising the /aʊ/ diphthong in example words and phrases. Repeat-after-me audio lesson for a British English accent. Download this British Accent Training free lesson as an MP3 (right click and save by clicking the audio player).

The symbol and keyword in the image below will help you to remember the sound of the /aʊ/ diphthong.

British Accent Training free lesson: the keyword for /aʊ/ is 'HOUSE'
British Accent Training free lesson: the keyword for /aʊ/ is ‘HOUSE’

In the next part of the lesson, we will do some repeat-after-me British Accent training practice.


British Accent Training Free Lesson: Practise /aʊ/

Pay close attention to your articulation and repeat-after-me as clearly as possible. Not every word example in the phrase section contains an /aʊ/ vowel, but must do. There is at least one /aʊ/ diphthong in each example phrase.

Now practise your British accent by repeating the individual words and example phrases below.

how                 how now brown cow

out                  out and about

now                 how about now?

our                  its (our) shout

about              row about a hound

around             prowl around the house

without           without an umlaut                  (‘umlaut’ = german pronunciation mark) 

throughout     throughout Southampton      (‘southampton’ = british town)

somehow        somehow Mr Brown found out

down               down-and-out

allow               allow scouts to shout

amount           the amount of townhouses

ground             crouch on the ground

cloud               that cloud is moving south

doubt              if in doubt, do nowt                (‘nowt’ = nothing; northern English; informal) 

house              go round the houses

mouse             are you a man or a mouse?

mouth             loud mouth

town                the town council

sound              I don’t like the sound of that

shower            install a power shower

thousand         one thousand trout

foul                  I suspect foul play

lout                  lager lout                     (‘lager lout’ = British slang. A man who fights when drinking beer)

hour                your finest hour

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