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Study Abroad: British Vocabulary And Pronunciation

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    British Accent Training Using Homophones
    Homophones are words which sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings. For example, some – sum, sun – sum. Another good example of a pair of homophones are “write” and “right” Homophones may also may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too.
    British English Pronunciation Using Linking Words
    Speech is a continuous stream of sounds, without obvious borderlines between them, and the different aspects of connected speech help to explain why written English is so different from spoken English. Linking two words together usually happens when two vowel sounds meet. A good example of this is “I idea (r) of it” Here an R sound is placed between “idea and of” Not only do we add the letter R between words but also use a / j / and w. It is very important to learn how to link words to sound more natural when speaking English.
    British English Disappearing Letter Sounds
    It’s important to understand a written vowel letter is not always spoken. Knowing when not to pronounce a letter will make a difference to your pronunciation. For example, British English speakers remove the e sound from the word ‘every’ making it sound much more like ‘ev-ry’.
    British English Pronunciation Irregular Verbs
    Learn and hear each verb pronounced in its three forms, present, past, and past participle. It is very important to learn irregular verbs for writing and to use in conversation. Irregular verbs may change vowels, consonants, both vowels and consonants, or may stay the same.
    British English Pronunciation Interjections
    Interjections are a part of speech that is used to express emotion emotions such as pleasure, surprise, shock and disgust. Interjections are very useful in conversation. A common interjection is “hmmm”. It is important to make this sound with your month closed otherwise it changes the sound to “Ehhhhh”.
    British English Expressions
    If you asked your British friend to walk to the train station with you and your friend replied “I can’t be bothered” would you know what you friend means? Will he or won’t he walk to the train station? When you communicate with British English people they use a lot of expressions. We will practice the most commonly used.
    British English Reported Speech
    Reported Speech is also called Indirect Speech and is used to communicate what someone else said, thinks or believes, but without using the exact words. There are necessary changes which need to be made; often a pronoun has to be changed and the verb is usually moved back a tense. For example, “he said that he was going to come.” The person’s exact words were “I’m going to come”. Correct usage of reported speech is very important so information is clearly given when in conversation.
    British English Pronunciation Techniques
    There are many different accents in England and this unit will teach you how to speak with a neutral British accent. There are many tips to help you speak with this neutral sound and you will learn all the important methods. For example you will learn about the silent ‘r’, ‘th’ and ‘weak vowel’ sound. The English accent can sound very polite and this is done by using fall and rising intonation.
    British English Idioms Used In Conversation
    An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning. Idioms are common phrases which can be understood by their popular use. They can be confusing and sometimes impossible to guess the correct meaning. For example, ‘Barking up the wrong tree’ could mean looking in the wrong place or blaming the wrong person. Idioms are fun to use in conversation and demonstrate a higher level of English conversation skills.

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