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Sounds in British English

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Brush up on your British Accent

There are important differences between the pronunciation of British English and that spoken in other English-speaking nations such as America and Australia. As a result, it's better to focus on one country's accent. If you're aiming for a British accent, these sites will help you.

 

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Links

Podcasts in English - Pronunciation Video Lessons

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced. This website has video Go>

Vowels video

Diphthongs video

Consonants video

Phonemic chart and Worksheet

English File

Click and listen to all the vowels and consonants in the English language.  Learn phonetic symbols. 

Levels: All. You need Flash. This website has sound Go>

BBC Learning English

Learn the different sounds in English. Practise with videos, lessons and quizzes.

Levels: Pre-Inter to Advanced. You need Flash. This website has sound This website has video Go>

The Sounds of English

Unit 1: Key and Pin

Unit 2: Book and Do

Unit 3: Door and Coat

Unit 4: Egg, Cat and Cup

Unit 5: Sock and Coat

Introduction to Pronunciation

Rhyming Words

Train your ears! Which word rhymes with the middle word? Click 'begin' to play the game.

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced. This website has sound Go>

Ship or Sheep?

Practise difficult pairs of sounds.

Levels: Pre-Inter to Advanced. This website has sound Go>

Test your Phonetic Symbols

Levels: Upper Inter to Advanced. Go>

Click on the correct symbol

Which words have these sounds?

British and American Accents

Compare the different sounds.  Scroll down the page and look at the table of vowels.  

Level: Intermediate to Advanced. This website has sound Go>

 

 

 

 

Online Dictionaries

Howjsay.com Pronouncing Dictionary

No definitions - just sound! Enter a word and listen. Move the mouse over the word to listen again. This website has sound Go>

Cambridge Online Dictionary

Enter a word and click on the definition you are interested in. Click [Show phonetics] to see the phonetic symbols. Even if you do not understand the symbols, it is useful to see where the stress is. The main stress comes after '. Go>

Longman Dictionary Online

Click on the icon to open the dictionary. Type in a word and hit enter. Next to the word in blue is the pronunciation, represented by phonetic symbols. A dollar sign ($) shows American pronunciation if it is different. Even if you do not understand the symbols, it is useful to see where the stress is. The main stress comes after '.

Click here for help understanding the symbols. Go>

 

Related Pages

Also on Okey-Dokey:

Listening - Hear English pronunciation in action!

Vocabulary: US / British English - Learn the differences

 

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