British Accent: Pronunciation, Not Listening

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Using a British accent is learned through pronunciation. Pronouncing words is more important than listening to them when learning to speak with a British dialect. Learn how to speak with a British accent in this free entertainment video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Speak With a British Accent
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Now let me talk first about a big misconception about learning a dialect. Many people think that you can learn a dialect simply by hearing it. And it's actually a very very small percentage of people who can pick up a dialect by hearing it. The rest of us have to learn it in a different way. And pronunciation is one of the major elements of learning a dialect. And when I'm talking about pronunciation I'm talking about articulation of words and pronouncing words a certain way. But that is not enough. There are other steps that have to be followed beyond pronunciation. And I want to talk about those now. But if you're trying to learn a dialect, you know, maybe you've got a friend who speaks a British dialect or you've got a, you know, you're going over to Ireland or wherever it is and you're around the people and just start talking with a dialect, kind of like Madonna does. That's not authentic and that will not be consistent enough. So I'm actually going to ask you from this point forward to not listen to anything. This should not be about listening. This is going to be about something else, a different way of learning rather than listening


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