The Online English Pronunciation Course

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Tailored to Your Native Language

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Online English Pronunciation Course

The Online English Pronunciation Course

Online English Pronunciation Course

Interactive Learning

Tailored to Your Native Language

Learn Anytime, Anywhere

Learn about the course

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Your instructor

Luke Nicholson is an accent coach based in London. He has qualifications in languages, acting, teaching and phonetics.

Since setting up his business in 2012, he has taught non-native English speakers from over 80 countries across the world. He has also taught and lectured at the Summer Course in English Phonetics at University College London (UCL).

In 2017, he won UK Freelancer of the Year.

He has the technical, academic, and practical skills to help you improve your accent.

Live classes

classes

As a course subscriber, you can participate in Luke’s monthly live classes.

You can volunteer to be coached by Luke, ask questions in the chat box, or just observe.

If you miss a live class, you can watch it another time. All past classes are uploaded into the course and organised by the topics covered and the participating students’ language groups. This means you can easily find classes relevant to you.

Designed for You

designed for different languages

Different people will have different problems when approaching English pronunciation. For example, a Mandarin speaker will have very different challenges compared to a Spanish speaker.

For this reason, the course is designed according to your native language. It prioritises the sounds that will make the biggest differences to your accent. Comparisons are made between the sounds in English and the sounds in your native language.

Designed for native speakers of the following languages:

  • Arabic

  • Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese)

  • French

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Polish

  • Portuguese (Brazilian/European)

  • Russian

  • Spanish

  • Turkish

  • More languages will be added in the future

If you can’t see your native language, choose the my language isn’t listed option when signing up. You’ll get a course which covers the major topics of English pronunciation that most non-natives have problems with.

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  • Arabic

  • Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese)

  • French

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Italian

  • Japanese
  • Polish

  • Portuguese (Brazilian/European)

  • Russian

  • Spanish

  • Turkish

  • More languages will be added in the future

if your language isn’t listed above, choose the my language isn’t listed option when signing up and you’ll receive a course which covers the main issues that non-natives face when approaching English pronunciation.

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Interactive learning

Learning pronunciation just became easier:

Interactive learning

Learning pronunciation just became easier with simple video lessons, clear audio and lots of practice materials.

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Watch Accent Videos

Video

Video lessons make it simple to see and copy new mouth positions, and understand new concepts.

Games

Games train your ears and help you understand how the English sound system works. 

Listen to Audio

Audio

Listen-and-repeat audio recordings for every sound in English. Plus sound comparisons (e.g. beat vs bit).

Options to slow down and speed up audio.

Train and Practise

Practice

Exercises for every sound in English and longer texts targeting specific sounds.
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How Does It Work?

Designed according to the Improve Your Accent Method, the course guides you through the following stages:

The course is online so you can learn wherever and whenever you want!

1. Understand how the mouth muscles work

First you explore how the mouth works. Remember that speech is physical activity. It’s important to understand how the mouth muscles work so that you are able to change the way you speak.

2. Train the muscles

The course provides different physical exercises to make the mouth muscles stronger and more flexible. This will give you the control to create new sounds more easily.

3. Learn some IPA (phonetic) symbols

English spelling is confusing. It’s not easy to guess the pronunciation of a word from the spelling (e.g. the “b” in “debt” is not pronounced!)

By learning the difference between letters and sounds – and by using symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) – the process of pronouncing words becomes much simpler.

Don’t worry if you want to avoid IPA symbols – they are not essential to improving your accent.

4. Focus on important topics

There are 20+ pronunciation topics that have been chosen and ordered according to your native language. Priority is given to sounds that will improve intelligibility (=people understanding you) and reduce the impression of a “foreign accent”.

Helpful comparisons are made between the sounds in English and the sounds in your native language.

5. Guidance on how to practise

The course gives clear instructions on how to practise and how to incorporate new sounds into your everyday speech.

6. Speak clearly & confidently!

After studying this course, you will have a deeper understanding of English pronunciation and you will be able to communicate more effectively in English.

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Pricing

Choose between three subscription plans:

Monthly

£3999
  • £39.99 charged every month

Every 6 Months

£199
  • £199 charged every 6 months
  • 1 month free compared to the monthly plan!

Annual

£349
  • £349 charged every year
  • 3 months free compared to the monthly plan!

You can also get an assessment so you know what topics to focus on in the course. After you have subscribed to the course, you can purchase this extra service for £65 here.

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If you work for a company or educational institution and would like to use the course, please get in touch.

What do other learners say?

Here are some reviews from other learners:

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This clearly-designed online course is an excellent resource for non-native learners who wish to improve their pronunciation. The well-paced videos are accompanied by helpful explanatory notes which make the course accessible to all. The user can freely navigate the many playful features – including mouth animations – and choose the IPA transcription system they prefer. I heartily recommend it!

Sophie, French

Luke’s course is by far the best and most affordable way to improve your English accent. The course presents concise and easy-to-follow exercises in a very well designed multimedia platform. The practical exercises work: with 30 min per day and within less than 2 weeks I could feel the English language flowing naturally from my mouth, and I could also see how both my colleagues and students took me more seriously. In the past I have spent hundreds of pounds in private coaching and multiple books to improve my accent, and I have no hesitation in saying that  Luke’s course has been the best investment I have made of both my time and money to achieve this goal.

Rosa, Spanish

The course covers everything from muscle training to individual sounds and stress. As it’s tailored to my native language, everything I’m learning is relevant to me. This means I’m not wasting time with irrelevant material and so I’m progressing much more quickly. All the lessons provide detailed information and clear steps. Plus I love the colourful and engaging interface! I’d highly recommend this course.

Lily, Chinese

Pronunciation is one of the areas that is quite difficult for self-learning: however hard I tried, I often wondered if I was on the right track. This course, however, offers a great combination of video/audio lessons and animated mouth diagrams, which makes it very easy to compare my own pronunciation with Luke’s models. Evidence-based study tips are also provided during the course, so I’m sure you’ll keep motivated!

Hiro, Japanese

The course is very intuitive and useful. It allowed me to understand more about the British accent and how to improve mine. I made significant improvements and I’m very happy about it!

Laura, French

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What do the experts say?

All learners and teachers of English pronunciation will find this online course comprehensive, entertaining and easy to follow. With insightful video lessons, audio practice materials and animated diagrams, the course helps speakers of various languages conquer their weak points and improve their English pronunciation. I shall be recommending this course to all my students.

Masaki Taniguchi

Professor Emeritus, Kochi University, Japan

This is simply the best online British English pronunciation course I’ve seen! And it contains many additional goodies that learners will find extremely useful. It is a must buy!

Alessandro Rotatori

Specialist in English phonetics and author of books on medical English pronunciation
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Questions?

Of course!

Sign up (no credit card details required) and you’ll get access to the course introduction and first lesson for free.

You’ll also be able to see all the lessons that are included.

Unlike other courses or textbooks, the 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
  • Muscle settings (exploring the overall sound of your voice and how you hold your speech muscles)
  • Modern English rhythm and intonation
  • Ear training games
  • Animations (to show you how sounds are made inside the mouth)
  • Click-for-IPA (by clicking the IPA button, you’re instantly able to see phonetic transcriptions)
  • Control audio speed (you can slow down audio to help you hear sounds more easily)

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.
    • There’s no point sounding like the Queen (i.e. a very old-fashioned and posh form of English, which would sound humorous to a native speaker).

Your native language has a sound system that is different from the sound system of English. It is also different from the sound systems of other languages.

This means that a Mandarin speaker will have different challenges compared to a Portuguese speaker when learning English pronunciation.

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 course for Chinese learners, references are made to Mandarin and Cantonese.

When you log into the course, you will see a list of lessons. Your lessons have been designed and ordered to prioritise improving your intelligibility (i.e. people understanding you) and reducing the impression of a “foreign accent”. The lessons also include comparisons with words and sounds in your native language to help you understand why you pronounce English in a certain way.

If you grew up bilingual, you can change the native language in My Account at any time. Your lessons will automatically change.

If your language isn’t listed when signing up, choose the my language isn’t listed option and you’ll receive a course which covers the main issues that non-natives face when approaching English pronunciation.

Yes!

You will be asked to record a text containing all the sounds of English (this will take 5 minutes to read). After you have sent this via email, Luke will respond telling you what to focus on in the course. You can purchase this service here.

Every month, there will be a live class with Luke. You can observe him teaching or volunteer for a 1-1 coaching session. You can also ask questions about any pronunciation topic using the chat box. 

If you miss a live class, you can watch it another time. All past classes are uploaded into the course and organised by the topics covered and the participating students’ language groups. This means you can easily find classes relevant to you.

The classes are part of the course subscription. Access is through your internet browser so you don’t need to download any special software.

The course is suitable for learners with an intermediate or advanced level of English.

You will be charged every month, every 6 months or every year depending on which subscription plan you choose. The course content is the same (you are just choosing how often to be charged).

It works out cheaper per month to take the annual subscription rather than the monthly subscription.

If you want to switch from one subscription plan to another: (1) cancel your current subscription, (2) wait until it expires, (3) subscribe to a new plan.

To cancel your subscription, click Account Settings -> My Subscription (in the course sidebar) and then click Cancel.

You must cancel at least 24 hours before the next billing date to avoid being charged again. If you cancel your subscription, you will still have access to the course until your subscription expires.

You can find out when your next billing date is in My Subscription.