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The Online British English Pronunciation Course
Tailored to Your Native Language – 24/7 Access – Hours of Video and Audio Tuition
Speak with Clarity and Confidence
The course includes detailed information on all the vowels and consonants in English, as well as rhythm, intonation and voice quality. You don’t have to learn everything in the course (because what you study depends on your native language – see below), but it’s nice to have all the information available. You can take a look at the contents page here.
How Does it Work?
The course starts with six lessons that everyone should complete. First you learn how the mouth muscles work, and then you are taken through some physical exercises which will give you more control over these muscles. Next you explore the relationship between spelling and sound in English (with an introduction to symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet). The remaining three lessons focus on key sounds that every learner should be aware of.
Different people will encounter different problems when approaching English pronunciation depending on their native language (a Chinese speaker will have very different challenges compared to a Spanish speaker). For this reason, the remainder of the course is organised according to your native language.
After the six lessons, you are directed to the language guides section of the course. You choose your native language and it tells you what to study and in what order. (It also makes helpful comparisons between the sounds of English and your native language.) Essentially the course prioritises the sounds that will make the biggest differences to your accent.
The course contains numerous links to native speakers to listen to (as well as suggestions of TV shows and films to watch). Additionally, you will have clear guidance about how to practice, how to know if you are making a sound accurately, and how to incorporate new sounds into everyday speech.
This self-study course is for intermediate/advanced non-native speakers who want to learn contemporary British English pronunciation.
If people regularly ask you to repeat yourself, or ask where you come from, then this is the course for you.
Language Guides Available
Just to be clear, the course is in English. However the course is tailored to your native language. These are the language guides currently available. More (such as Hindi, Bulgarian, Hungarian) will be added in the near future.
- Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, and others)
You can either purchase limited or unlimited access to the course:
15 Weeks' Access
- For those on a budget or with limited time.
40 Weeks' Access
- For those who want more time to improve their accent.
- For those who want to improve without a time restriction. This long-term approach is more effective.
The course is just excellent and a wonderful resource for anyone with an intermediate/advanced level of English who’s interested in improving their pronunciation as well as their listening skills.
Read a longer review of the course on Alessandro’s blog here.
The results I got out of this well-structured course were significant. My communication skills (understanding, being understood and fluency) in English improved significantly. It’s a very detailed course from the often-overlooked fundamentals of accent work to the specific significant sounds you struggle with. Every step along the way is also theoretically (sometimes anatomically) explained which makes it easy to understand what you’re doing. The course builds up gradually and is divided into sections that make it possible for you to do a class a day and fit them in a busy schedule. Unlike accent classes, this course provides you with a daily routine. I feel it’s the key to really improve. Highly recommended!
I am 30% into the course and I can feel my brain has been exercised and my speech has improved. What I find really fantastic is that I’m being forced out of my day-to-day speaking comfort zone and for the first time being given a sound, well-constructed structure and set of rules as a foundation for a continuous amelioration day by day. I’m really enjoying this course and it has been money well spent.
About The Course
Unlike other courses or textbooks, my course is organised according to your native language. This means you will concentrate on the most important aspects for you first (and don’t have to learn the parts that you can do already).
Uniquely, the course includes:
- speech muscle training
- how to change your voice quality
- how to change your rhythm and intonation
Additionally, the course explains how to make all the vowels and consonants in English. Further differences to other courses are that it:
- uses a sense-based approach: for each new vowel or consonant, we explore how it feels in the mouth, what it looks like in the mirror, and how it sounds. This allows you to learn quickly and accurately.
- teaches contemporary British English pronunciation. I want you to sound like a normal English person rather than making you sound like the Queen (i.e. a very old-fashioned and posh form of English which would sound humorous to a native speaker).
You can read a comprehensive comparison between my course and other available textbooks here.
- If you buy 40 weeks’ access for £399, it works out at under £10 per week. (Remember that this includes over 80 video lessons.) In comparison, I charge £70 an hour for lessons.
2. You may understand a pronunciation topic in a lesson, but not the next day.
- With the online course, you can repeat lessons whenever you want and you don’t have to rely on a teacher.
- You have access to the course 24/7.
3. You have hours of high-quality video or audio materials to practise with at home. The recordings are of a contemporary British English accent.
Of course variation exists within each language: for example, there are many different varieties of Arabic. However all speakers of a language will usually have similar challenges when approaching a language like English. Where necessary, reference is made to specific varieties (for example a sound that is more important for Brazilian Portuguese speakers to learn rather than European Portuguese speakers). In the guide for Chinese there are references to specific languages, such as Mandarin, Cantonese and Southern Min.
If your native language is not listed then you can email me (Luke@ImproveYourAccent.co.uk) and I will add it as soon as I can. Of course you can take the course if your native language is not listed, and browse through all the worksheets – but you won’t be guided through it.
You can watch a video lesson on the TH sounds here. (Can you make a difference between den-then, free-three, sank-thank?)
You can watch a video lesson on the Schwa sound here.
The course includes detailed information on all the vowels and consonants in English, as well as rhythm, intonation and voice quality. You don’t have to learn everything in the course (because what you study depends on your native language), but it’s nice to have all the information available. You can take a look at the contents page here.
Click the image below to look at some worksheets:
This accent is usually associated with people who are middle class, educated, and in professional jobs.
No, the course will teach you everything you need to know.
IPA symbols are used as a tool in the course – but I use lots of different tools to help you. So even if you don’t use the IPA, you will still progress well.
Yes, you will need internet to use the course. Please ensure that your internet plan gives you enough data to watch videos in the course.
You access the course through your internet browser so you can access it through any device. However, the course will work best on tablets and laptops/computers because the screen size is bigger.
How to Improve?
Speaking is a physical process – we move muscles to create speech sounds. In order to speak in a different accent, you need to re-train those muscles. You have been speaking the way you do since childhood, so it will take some time to change your muscle habits.
The course concentrates on what will make the biggest and obvious improvements to your accent first (because the course is tailored to your native language).
The amount of time it generally takes to change your accent depends on:
- How often you practise.
- Whether you approach the learning with a positive mindset or not.
- How quickly your speech muscles adapt.
Like all new skills, some people are naturally good at it, and others have to work harder.
As much as possible. The more you practise, the more you will improve. It is important to do short, regular practice sessions every day – rather than practise for an hour once a week.
If you practise over a long time period, your new accent will be habitual and you’ll be able to do it instinctively.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how long you have been speaking English. It’s simply a question of re-training your speech muscles and lots of practice.
Yes! By learning the sounds that native speakers make (and their rhythm), you will be able to recognize words and sentences more easily.
At the beginning of the course, you record a text which contains all the sounds in English. You then re-record the text at certain points in the course so you can measure your improvement.
The course uses a sense-based approach: for each new vowel or consonant, we explore how it feels in the mouth, what it looks like in the mirror, and how it sounds. This trains you to be able to understand whether you are making a sound correctly or not. Additionally, there are high-quality video lessons, audio recordings, and detailed worksheets with diagrams to help you.
Yes, if you buy the 15 or 40 weeks’ access you will have the option to upgrade to the unlimited access at a later date. The price you will pay for upgrading will be the difference between the price you paid for 15 or 40 weeks and the price of unlimited access. Please note that I reserve the right to change the price of unlimited access at any time.
There is no option to upgrade from 15 weeks’ access to 40 weeks’ access.
The 15 weeks’ access option is for those on a budget. It is unlikely that you will be able to cover everything in the course in 15 weeks. You should still be able to learn a lot and make some good improvements, but I would recommend either 40 weeks’ access or unlimited access to gain a fuller understanding.
If you have any other questions, just contact me!
Accent Coach Luke Nicholson
I have always been frustrated at the lack of accurate information available for non-natives learning a contemporary British English accent. So four years ago I decided to start creating my own course. Finally it’s ready!
Years of experience teaching students from all over the world (over 65 different countries so far!)
International Phonetic Association (IPA) Certificate at University College London. This qualification certifies that I have an advanced knowledge of English phonetics and the sounds of hundreds of world languages.
CELTA – Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults at Bath College. This is the standard qualification for English Language teaching the UK.
First-class BA(Hons) German Studies & Italian Studies at the University of Birmingham. This gave me an excellent training in linguistics and phonetics.
MA Acting – Distinction in Voice and in Articulation at East 15. This gave me an advanced knowledge of how the voice and the muscles of the mouth work.
I am a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and a member of the DialectCoaches agency (which trains actors how to speak in different accents). Additionally, I have trained with KT Speechwork in Dublin and New York City.