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  • So you want to sound more British. Let's turn your tomatoes into tomatoes and your potatoes

  • into potatoes. Potatoes.

  • Welcome to Eat Sleep Dream English, if you haven't met me before my name is Tom and teach

  • fresh modern British English so that you can take your English to the next level and achieve

  • your life goals. Now today we are looking at the five ways to avoid sounding American.

  • That is I'm guessing if you want to sound more British. Let's get to our first sound.

  • Alright here we go, there it is. In American English Tuesday. Now in British English it's

  • not /tu:/ it's /tjuːTuesday. So we use the tj sound for the Tu. Take this platform, YouTube

  • in American English, YouTube. In British English YouTube so the tju: sound. Take the fish in

  • American English Tuna, in British English Tuna. So you can see there, those two different

  • sounds. Now as a YouTuber myself, I always find it quite funny when someone is like 'I'm

  • a YouTuber', I'm like oh 'I'm a YouTuber' anyway yeah a little difference. Guys before

  • we go any further make sure you subscribe to Eat Sleep Dream English and hit the notification

  • bell. Alright subscribe button and notification bell. Also guys I've done several other videos

  • looking at the difference between British and American English. I'll link them right

  • above. Right next sound. Take the /æ/ and /a:/ Take the famous painter Picasso. In

  • British English that A is /æ/ so Picasso. In American English Picasso, so it's the /a:/

  • sound there Picasso. What about pasta? Pasta in British English pasta in American English.

  • What about the country? Sri Lanka in British English, Sri Lanka. What about the city Milan

  • in British English, Milan in American English. Take the food, kebab and kebab in American

  • English so you can see the difference there. Alright how are you doing? Is this making

  • sense? Cool, aright let's get to number three. Number three I've always thought is a really

  • distinct difference between the two different Englishes. It's the Du combination so for

  • example the word during. Now in British English that du is /dʒ/ during but in American English

  • it's during so it's a /d/ sound. British English /dʒ/ sound. What about the word produce,

  • ok the verb produce. So in British English produce, in American English produce so the

  • /d/ sound there. Reduce ok, reduce British English, reduce in American English. So you've

  • got that /dʒ/ and /d/ very distinctive sounds. Remember as we go, you guys should be practising.

  • Ok so stop the video and practise whichever one you want to learn. If it's American English

  • or British English practise that sound. Maybe even practise the contrast between the two

  • so that you can say it and hear it yourself. In British English it's really common for

  • us to use the /ə/ sound, the schwa sound. In American English it's not as common. So

  • in these set of words British English uses the schwa the /ə/ and American English uses

  • /a:n/. So the huge river in Brazil and the world famous website Amazon. Amazon in British

  • English, Amazon. In American English Amazon the /a:n/ there. The snake python in British

  • English, in American English python. So the /a:n/ there again. The place where all the

  • big tech giants are based in British English Silicon valley, the -on is with the schwa

  • sound. In American English it's Silicon valley so the /a:n/ there again. Python, Silicon,

  • Amazon you've got the /a:n/ sound in American English. Have you ever tried to do a marathon?

  • In British English marathon with the schwa sound there. In American English marathon.

  • So as you can see the -on changes from the schwa to /a:/. if you like MMA you'll hear

  • the commentator going 'Welcome to the Octagon' In British English . It doesn't sound

  • quite so exciting 'welcome to the octagon'.

  • Ok and the last one. In British English vitamin, in American English vitamin so the vi sound

  • there. So /i/ in British English /aɪ/ in American English. Simultaneous in British

  • English, simultaneous. In American English simultaneous. So the si there. So this I sound

  • changes from /i/ to /aɪ/. Privacy in British English, in American English privacy. Actually

  • that one I've heard privacy said in British English as well. What about the country Iraq

  • in British English /i/ Iraq. In American English Iraq. So as you can see there the I sound

  • can change between the two Englishes. Alright guys there are so many other examples that

  • I could teach you. Obviously this video isn't really about avoiding speaking in an American

  • English accent, you can speak in the accent you want. There's no right, there's no wrong

  • there's just the accent that you want to speak. I personally love American English, I think

  • it's incredible. There's some amazing variety, interesting vocabulary so yeah you choose

  • the English you want to speak and then go with that, ok? Obviously on this channel I

  • teach British English because that's what I speak, I speak British English. I hope you

  • enjoyed that one guys. If you can think of any other differences between the two different

  • Englishes let me know in the comments below. Alright guys thank you so much. Remember I've

  • got new videos every Tuesday and every Friday helping you take your English to the next

  • level. Check me out on Instagram, check me out on Facebook where I put daily English

  • content but until next time guys this is Tom, the Chief Dreamer, saying goodbye.

So you want to sound more British. Let's turn your tomatoes into tomatoes and your potatoes

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/06/13
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