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    How to learn the British accent?

    I always learned the American English since I started to learn English. Recently Iím planning to exchange to a university which is in the UK. As a result, Iíd like to learn some British accent before I go to the UK. However, I really have no idea about the British accent. Is there any good way to learn it? Thanks.

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    Re: How to learn the British accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by moov18 View Post
    I always learned the American English since I started to learn English. Recently I’m planning to exchange to a university which is in the UK. As a result, I’d like to learn some British accent before I go to the UK. However, I really have no idea about the British accent. Is there any good way to learn it? Thanks.
    For a non native speaker to try to speak like a native generally does not sound nice. Speak the way that you have learned your English. As long as people understand what you are saying you will be fine. You will pick up certain words and nuances of the British accent when you are living there.

    I am sure that for me, with a German background, to try to speak with a Chinese accent would sound silly.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How to learn the British accent?

    There are many regional accents in British English- you can get an idea of the differences here: Accents and dialects - Archival Sound Recordings


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    Re: How to learn the British accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by moov18 View Post
    I always learned the American English since I started to learn English. Recently I’m planning to exchange to a university which is in the UK. As a result, I’d like to learn some British accent before I go to the UK. However, I really have no idea about the British accent. Is there any good way to learn it? Thanks.
    If you want to learn the real British Accent, I think you need to prepare a talking dictionary with UK pronunciation and watch the following TV series and hear each word they pronounce and try to pronounce it with your voice.

    The IT Crowd, Peep Show, both of them are very popular in UK....







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