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    Question British accent

    Hello everybody,

    The videos below are about British accent:

    How to Speak With A British Accent - Long E Practice - YouTube
    How to Speak With a British Accent: British Accent Short O Practice - YouTube

    Well, she pronounce the /i/ as in "coffee","very" a little bit as the French
    Also the pronunciation of twenty thirty seems very strange to me .
    Well, does she really speak with a british accent ?


    British English 002 - YouTube
    I've a question about these video,
    He did not pronounce the sound /r/ in are (like the prunonciation of the /r/ in teacher)

    Could you please, as a native speakers, suggest some useful videos?

    Thank you in advance.
    Best rgards.

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    The woman in the first two hasn't got a clue what she's talking about. The comments about her are correct, though rude. She's basically imitating some regional pronunciation, and doing it embarrassingly badly. It might have a certain comedy value, but as a means of teaching British pronunciation, it is simply rubbish.
    Last edited by Tdol; 03-Oct-2011 at 04:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The woman in the first two hasn't got a clue what she's talking about. The comments about her are correct, though rude. She's basically imitating some regional pronunciation, and doing it embarrassingly badly. It might have a certain comedy value, but as a means of teaching British pronunciation, it is simply rubbish.
    Aha, thank you so much, I really want to hear some comments from British teachers who could commentate this the videos and the way she spoke.Would you please suggest me some useful videos?

    I've also a question, please, about the third video, the /r/ in are is it non-rhotic?

    Thank you.

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    Here's a TV reaction to her- it's so bad it's been shown on TV: Graham Norton - How To Speak British with Tracy Goodwin - YouTube

    The presenter, Graham Norton, is Irish.

    Most speakers in England are non-rhotic, but as you go north into Scotland, it becomes more rhotic.

    It depends what you're after. This site gives a good idea of the variations in English in the UK: Accents and dialects - Archival Sound Recordings

    What exactly are you looking for? A general guide to fairly mainstream BrE pronunciation?

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    PS Thanks for the links- I have added to my blog on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Here's a TV reaction to her- it's so bad it's been shown on TV: Graham Norton - How To Speak British with Tracy Goodwin - YouTube
    And here is another response to expertvillage's How to speak with a British Accent. by a lovely girl with gorgeous Oxford accent.

    I giggled when she said, "I've never heard such rubbish in my entire life."


    Here is her response to " IH noises"

    I hope you like these videos.

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    Default Re: British accent

    They were interesting, and she's a much better example of British speech. She says that she thinks that Tracy Goodwin has never been to Britain, and she's probably right. I think that Tracy Goodwin may have cobbled her "rules" together from watching a few films, which would explain her strange exceptions to rules like gastric, and her use of dated words like rascal. Ms Goodwin manages to be so embarrassingly wrong that you can't help wondering whether it's a hoax, but it would appear not- she does videos on public speaking. There's also one on Australian English that caused similar reactions.

    I would say that the pronunciation Ms Goodwin recommends for very does actually exist in some regional dialects- I grew up in a city, where it could be heard, but how she managed to turn this into a general rule is beyond me- maybe she hasn't even watched many British films.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Here's a TV reaction to her- it's so bad it's been shown on TV: Graham Norton - How To Speak British with Tracy Goodwin - YouTube

    The presenter, Graham Norton, is Irish.

    Most speakers in England are non-rhotic, but as you go north into Scotland, it becomes more rhotic.

    It depends what you're after. This site gives a good idea of the variations in English in the UK: Accents and dialects - Archival Sound Recordings
    Thank you teacher for your help.

    You are right that is it's so bad it's been shown on TV, because even if she is not qualified to teach how to speak with a British accent, this TV show sounds rather a comedy one, I could not even watch it, it is not in that way we rectify other's mistake, they criticize her rudely and sarcastically though she may have a good intention, in return if she ’Tracy’ could not teach and speak perfectly with a British accent, she should simply give way to someone who is extremelywell qualified to teach British accent.



    What exactly are you looking for? A general guide to fairly mainstream BrE pronunciation


    Yes that's what I am in need, I'll be very grateful of your help.(By the way, English is my third language)

    PS Thanks for the links- I have added to my blog on the subject.
    You are the one who should be thanked, teachers like you deserve more than thanks, and so much recognition.


    Excuse me the lenghty reply
    Thank you again.
    Respectfully yours,
    Last edited by symaa; 05-Oct-2011 at 22:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    And here is another response to expertvillage's How to speak with a British Accent. by a lovely girl with gorgeous Oxford accent.

    I giggled when she said, "I've never heard such rubbish in my entire life."


    Here is her response to " IH noises"

    I hope you like these videos.
    Thank you so much, it is kind of you to help me .
    I'd also watched another video criticizing her with the same way.
    Thank you.
    All the best for you,

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    Quote Originally Posted by symaa View Post
    Thank you so much, it is kind of you to help me .
    I'd also watched another video criticizing her with the same way.
    Thank you.
    All the best for you,
    You are most welcome. I am glad you liked those videos.
    Best wishes.

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