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Hi I'm Joel and I'm Lia and today we have got an English accent lesson. Before we get
started, don't forget to click subscribe on our channel for future content and don't forget
to press the bell. So why is English accent training so important? Firstly, wherever you
go in life, the first thing anybody will take from you, or absorb from you is the way you
speak. It's your first impression really, or second impression, first is what you look
like, but then second impression is what you sound like. And often people will be quick
to judge you, before they get to know you. So in my experience, out of all the English
accents, whether that's American English, Australian English, or Northern or Southern
English, the Southern English accent, so a Neutral or Standard English accent is seen
as the most prestigious, the most reliable, the most educated... just well-respected accent
to have. Mainstream media used to be populated entirely by this accent. Which is why it's
known in some circles as 'BBC English accent' because the BBC (British Broadcasting Company)
in the UK, only used to hire people with our sorts of accents. Now that's not the case,
they hire people with all sorts of accents, but back in the day, they only hired 'us'
(people like us) because our accent was seen as the most educated and the right way to
speak. Following that, it would be unusual if you were learning English in anything other
than this accent. I would find it quite unusual if I spoke to someone who had English as their
second language, but they spoken with a regional accent. Yeah, I've never seen anyone learn
English in a Liverpudlian accent. Or in a Bristol accent. Like, it just doesn't happen.
It would be bizarre. It would be really weird. I think it's either American English, isn't
it? Or just British English, but by 'British English' meaning Southern British English.
Essentially, the easiest way to sound more British is to consume as much British content
as possible. When you're learning a new language they say the best thing to do is to move to
that place and absorb yourself in that environment, and I think that applies to accents as well.
Absorb yourself with that accent, listen to as many British English people as you can.
Don't listen to people with loads of different regional accents, listen to one type of accent.
So, Southern British accents, Southern English accents, RP, Standard English, they all mean
the same thing. And I think we get a lot of people messaging us saying "how can I improve
my English I really want to be better" and the simple answer is: you just have to absolutely
commit to this and commit and make a decision that you are only going to speak English,
you know, if you're coming here, I'm only going to speak English, I'm only going to
be around English speaking natives. And as soon as you make that promise to yourself,
your English will improve, 100%. But if you're just going to be.... it's never going to happen.
Half-hearted. You can't half-heartedly try to do anything. Because you won't see the
results. But I get people messaging me on Instagram saying "I've learnt so much from
your channel, you've really helped me improve my English, how can I be even better?". No
course that you enrol on is going to do it for you. You just have to do it for yourself.
And you're in the best place possible to do that... Joel & Lia's YouTube Channel! But
I mean, as well as us, you're living in the age of the internet, where you can watch as
much content as you want as possible, for free! No longer do you have to go and pay
£100 an hour to go and see an accent coach, or and English teacher, you've got all the
lessons for free on the internet. So you're welcome! You're welcome! Kidding! When you're
in the UK go and watch theatre, don't sit at home watching too many films, because everything
you're hearing is American English. If you're getting confused and you can't really tell
the difference between what you're hearing in Hollywood films and the way that Joel and
I are speaking then you really need to listen closely and just watch British people if you
want to improve your British English. Exactly, if you want to learn American English, absolutely
fine, go ahead and do that. But I think that's really confusing for people learning an English
(British) accent, is when you're confusing it with an American accent. For example, the
'r' sound, the rhotic 'r', so in words like 'car', in British English we don't say the
'r' at the end, it's just open 'cah'. But in America they say it like "carrrr", so they've
got an 'r' at the end of the word, and just little things like that, British people will
pick up on it and go "oh, you're not from here" because they've heard you say "carrr"
instead of "cah". Yeah, 'that's a really nice carrr'. It's not right. Well it's not incorrect,
it's just not British. Another thing that you said "example", we've covered this in
other videos, it's just these small little signs, you know 'example' is really American.
And also Northern. I would say 'for example', but that's not the be-all-and-end-all. No,
no one's gunna not understand you, it's just that if you want to be really specific, then
you need to listen out for these tiny little differences. Sounding more 'British' gives
you more social capital. It's not just a dated idea, it's not just the BBC English that Joel
was talking about, it's true. If you're coming here and having job interviews, for instance.
Language is your biggest tool and your strongest weapon. It's a sad reality, that if you come
over and have a job interview, and you're against a British English person and you speak
English perfectly well, you're just as intelligent, maybe more intelligent, but you don't quite
sound the same, people will judge you on that and you most likely won't get the job because
they want to go with someone who - well people are shallow and they'll go with someone that
sounds like them. Exactly, I think that's why as well, we've tried to create this channel
which is just about British culture because you could speak perfectly, your pronunciation
and everything about your English could be perfect. But an employer might be looking
for you to just have a sense of humour that is similar to theirs or just be on that level
with somebody where they feel like they can go to the pub with you, that they can have
a drink with you, that they can have banter. And I feel like what we're trying to give
you, is British-ness in one. Do you know what I mean? Yeah, because socialising is a huge
part of British culture even in the workplace. Yeah, for sure. If I met somebody and I had
a job, I know I would go for personality as well as if they were qualified for the job,
because imagine having someone who's personality shines through the phone and you're talking
to clients and so on. You just need that personable thing, going on for you. And you can't only
get that from speaking the language that comes with living here, having British friends,
making that commitment to yourself that you're gunna dive into British culture and really
go for it. Yep, definitely. There's a lady at work who's absolutely lovely, she speaks
English as a second language and speaks English perfectly, absolutely perfectly, and I overheard
a conversation with her colleague and she was saying that during her appraisal, her
boss had come to her and said "there's no issue with what you're saying or what you're
doing, like you're really great at this, but you're just a bit cold and abrupt with customers"
and she'd said it was because English was her second language so whilst the issue isn't
with her speaking, it's about her mannerisms, her attitude, and things like that, so when
you'r learning English as well, don't just learn the sounds, try and learn about the
culture and the mannerisms and the etiquette of British English people. it goes the same
the other way, like I'm really interest in Japan and I really want to go there. And I
would love to learn Japanese, but imagine that I was perfect at Japanese, imagine, but
I knew nothing about eating the Japanese way and how to 'be' at the dinner table. I could
come across so rude without knowing. You know, it's just the same you've just gotta really
absorb it. Definitely. So I hope that's helped those of you that are learning a British English
accent. Those are just a few little tips and bits of advice for learning an English accent
and culture. We'd love to open up this conversation in the discussion, in the comments section,
AS a discussion! So please leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts. These are just
our opinions but obviously we're open to hear the opposite. We're open to be wrong! Thank
you so much guys, we'll be back next week with another video, don't forget to subscribe.
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TIPS for Learning British Accents!

98 Folder Collection
周新 published on July 13, 2020
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