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! 😉