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British English Word Pronunciation Tutorials

Are You Making The ‘it’s’ Pronunciation Mistake?

In this English pronunciation tutorial, you’re going to learn how to stop making a basic English speaking mistake, which nearly all learners of English make. 

So what is the mistake?

It’s responding to a question or a statement, with the word ‘it’s’, on its own.  When you’re speaking English, shortening the phrase ‘it is’ to ‘it’s’, is something that we do all the time. It makes speaking the language easier.

However, there are certain situations where it is not acceptable to do so, and this situation is the worst.

If I ask you a question and you want to respond by just saying ‘it is’, you can’t shorten this to ‘it’s’. If you want to respond by saying ‘it’s’, you have to follow up something else.

Here are some examples to help clarify this point:

Me: ‘Your name is Khalil isn’t it?’

Correct response: ‘It is.’

Correct response: ‘it’s not no’

Incorrect response: ‘it’s’

Me: ‘It’s lovely weather isn’t it?’

Correct response: ‘It is.’

Correct response: ‘it’s glorious yes’’

Incorrect response: ‘it’s’

Me: ‘Is it hot today?’

Correct response: ‘It is.’

Correct response: ‘it’s very hot yes’

Incorrect response: ‘it’s’

To summarise in 3 easy points:

It’s ok to respond with ‘it is’, and nothing else

It’s ok to respond with ‘it’s …’ it’s plus something else

It’s NOT ok to respond with ‘it’s’ and nothing else.

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British Accent Training Secrets British English Vowel Sound Tutorials

The 2 second rule (British Vowels Made EASY)

In this English Pronunciation tutorial, You’re going to learn the 2-second rule which is a rule I developed to help my English

Pronunciation students overcome one of the biggest challenges that were stopping them from speaking English with clear pronunciation.

As soon as they started implementing it and understood the logic behind it, they were able to learn the correct pronunciation of all the long English vowel sounds, much quicker, which enabled them to speak English much more clearly.

The difficulty that so many learners of English face is that their native language doesn’t contain long vowel sounds.

This means that when they encounter long vowel sounds in English, it feels very uncomfortable and unnatural to make them.

Even if they know what they need to do, they still find it hard to hold their mouth in a static position for a longer period of time than normal.

The result is that long vowel sounds end up sounding like short vowel sounds, or something in between, and the result of this is the poor pronunciation that is unclear and hard to understand.

I developed this rule as I saw that if my clients could learn to hold their mouths in the correct position for longer than was necessary, then when it came to speaking more quickly in conversation, they would naturally hold the long vowel sounds for the right amount of time.

The 2-second rule is an incredibly valuable tool for you to learn the long English vowel sound and improving your pronunciation, and once you learn it, you will immediately experience the benefits.

I can’t wait for you to get the benefits of implementing this rule into your English speaking so watch the video and comment below with any questions.

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British English Sound Comparison Tutorials British English Word Pronunciation Tutorials

NEVER Make These 5 English Pronunciation Mistakes!

In this English Pronunciation lesson, you’re going to learn the 5 WORST pronunciation mistakes in English.

These mistakes have you saying the rudest and most offensive words in the English language, even though the words are almost identical to polite everyday words that you use in normal English conversation.

Almost every non-native speaker of English will have made one of these critical errors, resulting in embarrassment, or worse…!

In the video, I break down these 5 words that people end up saying incorrectly and compare them to the correct word that you’re meant to say.

I explain the sounds that have been confused, and how to tell the difference.

At the end of the video, I give you a simple English listening test, to see if you can recognise the mistakes when they appear in English speech.

Throughout the video, I provide links to additional English tutorials that enable you to focus on improving specific sounds within your English speech.

If you recognise that you have difficulty with one of the sounds that I mention here, you will be able to then watch additional pronunciation tutorials, to make the necessary improvements to your speech.

The reason why these mistakes occur is usually due to a mispronounced vowel sound. In English, there are long vowel sounds and short vowel sounds. For example /i:/ as in ‘feet’, and /ɪ/ as in ‘fit’.

What tends to happen when people learn English, is that they don’t learn the difference between the various vowel sounds.

As a result, they end up getting them confused. In most situations, that will lead to you mishearing or mispronouncing a word.

This isn’t ideal, but it’s not the end of the world. In other situations, however, as a result of mispronouncing a sound, you end up saying something extremely rude and offensive.

In an informal situation, it might be funny, but in a business meeting or professional situation, it can cause you serious problems.

In London, I hear non-native speakers making these pronunciation mistakes on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it can have a negative effect on their job prospects, and also their quality of life.

By teaching you how to make these sounds correctly, and avoid mistakes, you should be able to speak English with confidence, knowing that you’ll never make one of these dreadful errors.

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British English Word Pronunciation Tutorials

How To Pronounce 2022 in British English (And 2021)

How to Pronounce 2022 in British English without the common mistakes many non-native English speakers make!

Imagine this situation.

You’re giving a presentation about a project that you’re working on for the next few years.

But as you are explaining your target, you freeze from a lack of confidence.

You want to speak using British English because you are talking to native English speakers.

But you’re uncertain about how to pronounce 2022 in British English and now everyone’s eyes are on you waiting for you to speak.

Well, this tutorial will help you keep your cool and encourage your professionalism.

So if you don’t want to get stuck while talking in the workplace, this video is made for you!

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Top 10 Most Common English Words Used in Employment

In this week’s video, we will be analysing the top 10 most common English words used in employment.

Here are TEN professional words and phrases that you will come across in the workplace environment.

1. Employ
2. P.A.Y.E
3. Self-Employed
4. Contract
5. Statutory
7. SSP
8. Pension
9. Salary
10. Wages

Picture this.

You’re at a new job and you have to ask your employer a very important question.

But you don’t feel confident enough, because you don’t know how to pronounce these words.

Those questions don’t need to go unanswered, because this video will guide you through these ten tough words and even phrases you might need to use them in.

So if you work in a professional environment and want to feel confident when you speak English, this video is the one for you!

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British Accent Training - Suprasegmental Phonology

Master Connected Speech in British English

Is Connecting Speech in the English language stopping you from speaking like a native?

Easily fix it in this video by using the Whisper Technique

If you find connecting speech difficult in English and feel like you’re choking when you’re trying to connect your speech… The whisper technique will show you how to quickly and easily overcome it, so you stop pausing unnaturally and start speaking with a British Accent.



The Whisper Technique
Connected Speech Tips
Applying the Whisper Technique
Difficult Phrases

The Whisper Technique enables you to say fully connected English sentences by forcing continuous airflow as you speak.

But why would you want that?

Having connected speech makes you sound more like a native English speaker.

This means you will sound much more confident in your English speech.

Instead of pausing between each word in a sentence, you’ll notice that your words flow into one another.

If you’re still not getting it, this week’s tutorial will help you to understand this technique and the concepts that go along with it.

So if you’re looking to sound more professional and fluent when you speak English, you’ve come to the right place!