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Received Pronunciation Spoken Practice – Take One

Hi guys, here’s my first attempt to speak with the Received Pronunciation in front of a camera (without reading)!

I’ve done a lot of spoken practice over the last ten days or so, and now I’m finally ready to make the leap from reading into speaking!

As you can imagine, it’s going to be a slow start because I have to keep thinking about both – WHAT I’m saying and HOW I’m saying it.

As a result, on some occasions I will say something that might not make a lot of sense because I’m really focused on my pronunciation; in other instances you may hear me revert back to my standard accent because I’m trying to say something meaningful.

One way or another, there are no shortcuts I could possibly take in terms of the British accent acquisition. I just have to do the hard work and try to speak while trying to get both right – accent AND fluency. It will be hard for some time, but I’ll thank myself later on, I know it!

And here’s another thing I noticed when listening to my own recording.

I don’t sound as good in the video as when practicing with myself without recording. Whether it’s the presence of camera, or something else – it’s hard to tell. It’s just that on some occasions when I’m watching yet another National Geographic documentary with a British narration and trying to mimic that voice, I do sound much more like a British person – at least I like to think so.

But then it’s always the case that when you’re not showing off, you can achieve much better results. When you’re displaying your skills to a larger audience – more often than not you can’t expect the same performance as when being alone, so I think it’s pretty normal and I won’t beat myself over it! 😉

Chat soon,


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  • marwa

    yay!! i too watch national geographic documentaries at my leisure.more often than not they’re about wildlife. i’ve added more and more idiomatic expression to my vocabulary … such as… the lioness ” keeps a low profile” as she sneaks up on its prey. you can send me the link to whatever floats your boat here because i’d like to be acquainted with anything of interest. :)

    • accentrobby

      Hi Marwa,

      Your comment clearly and vividly illustrates that idiomatic expressions make up a large part of English conversations!

      I can’t stress enough the importance of building phraseology vs. learning word lists and focusing on grammar studies – you seem to have been taking the former route with great success.

      Keep up the great job and chat soon,