Accent softening for Italian speakers: British accent



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

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


Step 1 -  (Try Step 1, 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. 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 Italian 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 


Vowels 

      

Diphthongs 

      

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

Intonation


Step 4 - Word linking: essential for a Italian 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 Italy, the most useful pages are those in the  yellow buttons 

Bookmark this page, then if you want,  »set other learning goals