Accent softening for French speakers: British accent

(rollover images to see page preview) If your native accent is French, the high priority pages are the 

 yellow buttons . Once on the pages,  select the audio "Received Pronunciation 1" 

Step 1 -  (Try Step 1 for free, then return to this syllable page using the page back on the top left) 

Find the placement and rhythm accent  Speak simultaneously with this short clip. Simply put on headphones so you can hear the speakers voice & not your own as you speak with the text. Note the jaw aperture, tension in the tongue and lips and the relative length of the syllables.

Male voice 


Female voice 

Your conclusion? There is a distinctly frontal placement in the British accent, with a lot of tension and use of the lips and front facial muscles, and much less nasal than French. You will find that to keep in pace with the native speaker the sounds and speech will feel 'penned in' to a certain area in the mouth and that you need to "stretch" some syllables and reduce others. English is a stress timed language, whereby native speakers only stress certain syllables, however French is a syllable timed accent, which distributes rhythm far more equally over the syllables.

Step 2 -  Ear train with the phonetic sounds of the British Accent. Test and record yourself 





All sounds 

Step 3 - Speech Rhythm, Word Stress, Sentence Stress & Intonation

Message words


The 'schwa' vowel


Word Stress

Word Linking

Sequence Stress


Sentence Stress


Tone Units


Step 4 - Word linking: essential for a French speaker as this will stop the accidental insertion of 'h' before vowels

Linking 'r'


Linking consonants


Linking vowels

Step 5 - British English Vowels & Diphthongs

Vowels a / ar 


Vowels ee / i


Vowels u / o


Vowels u / oo

Vowels a / u / e 


Vowels o /our


Vowels ai / i


Vowels o /ear

Vowels ei/ e / a 


Vowels eer /are


Vowels our / ore


Vowels o /or

Vowels ow/ aw 


Vowels oy /ore


Vowels ur /or


Vowels es /ers

Step 6 - British English Consonants

Consonant l / l 


Consonant p/b /f/v


Consonant m / n


Consonant h

Consonant th/ t  


Consonant ch / s



Consonant w /v



Consonant y

Consonant r /l / t  


Consonant k /g



Consonant   l / th

Consonant   n / l

Step 7 - Practise with monologues for sound, rhythm and tone.

Monologue 1


Monologue 3


Monologue 5


Monologue 7


Monologue 2


Monologue 4


Monologue 6


Monologue 8

Step 8 -Test again with monologues, and if not satisfied, repeat above steps.

If your native accent is from France, the most useful pages are those in the yellow buttons

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