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  • What's up everyone? I'm Andrea, your RealLife English Fluency coach.

  • Now, in a recent lesson we analyzed Bollywood Star,

  • Deepika Padukone's accent, and in that lesson we saw how she's become

  • an exceptional English speaker while still keeping her accent.

  • In this lesson we'll take a look at English actor Dev Patel,

  • who is most famous for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire,

  • And Lion.

  • Now, Dev is different to Deepika given

  • that he is a native British English speaker.

  • So there's probably not much merit in talking about his English,

  • but what about his accent? Given that Dev has acted in a

  • range of films and he's had a lot of diverse

  • roles it means that characters that he has played

  • have had American, British, Indian and even Australian accents.

  • Actors who have had to learn a different accent for a role

  • can definitely offer some great advice for English learners.

  • In fact, in a way when you're speaking another language sometimes it does feel

  • like you can be acting. One thing that is for sure is

  • that you're definitely out of your comfort zone when doing so.

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  • So, as you'll see in this lesson, Dev Patel

  • offers four great insights that can really help

  • you along in your english language journey.

  • So let's take a look! So, our first insight is that you can leave a

  • hint of your native accent.

  • So, what does Dev Patel actually mean by this?

  • What he's saying is that when he was putting on his American accent

  • he actually left a little bit of his native British

  • accent there also. So he did this on purpose and whilst he mostly

  • sounded American there was still a hint of his British accent there too.

  • There's probably not a lot of English language learners that can completely

  • fool someone into thinking that they are native.

  • However if you do tend to keep a hint of your native accent, it tends to sound

  • a bit more exotic which is really nice as well.

  • So we've seen that some actors like Deepika Padukone,

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sofia Vergara proudly keep their native accent,

  • while still speaking exceptional English it's important to note that you want to

  • be able to communicate clearly and work on your pronunciation, but you

  • don't have to speak with a perfect American or British accent.

  • Now, number two is don't be afraid to exaggerate. So what Dev is saying here

  • is that when working on his accent he tends to exaggerate them

  • now while this might sound silly to begin with,

  • it can really help in perfecting your accent

  • and then as you work on it you can then start to tone it down,

  • so that it sounds more natural. Let's hear what he had to say about this.

  • As an English teacher i've found that this has actually really

  • helped me when learning Spanish. What I tend to do is I sometimes imitate

  • my students accent when speaking in English.

  • And that's really helped me when perfecting

  • my pronunciation in Spanish. I also do this sometimes with my favorite Spanish

  • actress Penelope Cruz and it really helps when working on pronunciation.

  • Although i'm sure people can tell that

  • I'm a foreigner when I speak in Spanish it has really helped to make my

  • pronunciation clearer. And although people know that i'm a

  • foreigner, they usually can't guess that I'm actually British.

  • So at first you might feel a little bit silly

  • when really putting on an exaggerated

  • American or British accent, but it's really going to help you later

  • on when you're having those conversations in English.

  • Sometimes just to have a bit of fun, I've even done it myself when putting on an

  • American accent just from growing up and watching so

  • many tv series and movies in American English with the accent and

  • everything, and even singing songs it can be really

  • really fun, and just a fun way of learning and practicing this.

  • Number three is drill again and again

  • Wouldn't you feel flattered if someone told you that your British

  • accent was "spot on"? Or what if they told you that you

  • "nailed" your American accent? These are both

  • words used to describe someone's adopted accent.

  • Well if you aspire to that kind of flattery, Dev makes it really clear here:

  • You have to drill. So drilling is another way to describe

  • practicing, only it can be more repetitive and monotonous.

  • Another way of describing it

  • is "deliberate practice", which is something that athletes do that sets

  • them apart from everybody else. If they want to improve on a

  • particular area they will drill and they will get better

  • at it over and over and over again with that deliberate practice,

  • which sets them apart from the rest and is something that amateurs don't do.

  • If you have patience, drilling ten words or ten sentences, for example

  • every day, is really going to get you closer to your goal.

  • The fourth insight is shadowing.

  • Now, while Dev did not use this word in his explanation he is talking about "shadowing".

  • So in this clip Dev is explaining about

  • a role that he played in the film The Second Best Exotic

  • Marigold Hotel, where he played a character with a

  • really strong Indian accent. Let's take a look.

  • Shadowing is another way of saying mimicking.

  • So, what you would do is when you're watching TV,

  • or when listening to a song,

  • or watching a movie you would actually copy or mimic what that person is saying

  • and the way that they are saying it. When you mimic someone or you shadow a

  • speaker, you don't only copy their words.

  • You would also copy their intonation, their pauses and their tones.

  • You might even have a look at the way their mouth moves when they articulate certain words

  • Shadowing is a form of speaking however because you are copying what the other

  • person is saying, you don't even have to think about the grammar at all.

  • So you're really focusing on your pronunciation

  • and your articulation, which is a great way to practice this.

  • It leaves all your mental power and focus

  • on the phonetics of the language. One technique that I would always recommend

  • to my students was to choose an English-speaking mother or father

  • So this isn't literally choosing a new parent,

  • it's choosing someone that you want to

  • emulate or imitate, all aspects of the way that they speak.

  • Just like a baby, learning how to speak from their mother and father

  • What Dev explains here is that he chose

  • one particular uncle. So the tip here is, for example

  • choosing one famous person that you really really love

  • and you can watch some interviews that they do,

  • and choose a specific part, watch it over and over again,

  • repeating or shadowing what they are saying and how they are saying it.

  • I also highly recommend that you record yourself

  • doing this, so that you can listen back to it, see if you make any errors and

  • also compare it to the original. That way you can practice it again and again,

  • perfecting it. I also recommend that you

  • really exaggerate it when you do it.

  • That way you're using all of the tips that we have spoken

  • about in this lesson.

  • So I hope you enjoyed this lesson, and if you do try out some of these tips make

  • sure you have fun with it because it can be very entertaining.

  • Also, if you haven't already, I highly recommend that you check out

  • our lesson with Deepika Padukone next, because

  • you'll find some great tips in there as well,

  • whether or not you want to keep or lose your accent.

What's up everyone? I'm Andrea, your RealLife English Fluency coach.

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