Welcome back to my British Accent mission and here’s the second video where I’m speaking without having anything prepared prior to turning the camera on.
It’s 100% improvisation, and what makes it so special in terms of accent learning is the fact that it’s quite tricky to make sure I pronounce all words correctly while trying to think about WHAT I’m going to say at the same time!
That’s why you’ll notice me hesitating on certain occasions and it’s also the reason behind my sometimes chaotic speech.
But I’m not too worried about it anyway because I’m very well aware that while trying to get into a new accent speaking ‘mode’ you’ve got to be prepared to spend some time struggling.
It’s normal – no-one can realistically expect a foreign English speaker to start speaking FLUENTLY with a specific English language accent right from the start!
And here’s my typical day of learning the Received Pronunciation:
- Watching some X-Factor USA and mimicking Simon Cowell;
- Engaging in random monologues during the day (voicing my thoughts, narrating my actions and so on);
- Reading a few online news articles out loud;
- Before sleep – watching some nature documentary and mimicking the narrator.
It may sound that there’s an awful lot on my table, but it’s not as overwhelming as it may seem. I would have done some of those things ANYWAY (like engaging in spoken English self-practice and watching a little bit of National Geographic), and spending a few extra minutes a day trying to master the British Accent isn’t really such a high price to pay.
Thanks for watching this video, and I would really welcome your constructive criticism!