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Accent focus: Newcastle accent with Sarah Millican

Accent focus: Newcastle accent with Sarah Millican

The United Kingdom is famous for the range of regional accents we have relative to our size. It’s possible for travel even a few miles and find the accent has completely changed. The Geordie accent is spoken by people in the Newcastle area. Watch this clip with...
Vowel length in sheep /i/ and ship /ɪ/ vowels:

Vowel length in sheep /i/ and ship /ɪ/ vowels:

Lots of learners, whatever their first language, find vowel length difficult especially in words like Ship / sheep Live / leave Rhythm / reason There are two differences between these vowel sounds. The most obvious is length – you can clearly hear that the vowel in...
Do you want to “speak like a native”?

Do you want to “speak like a native”?

How do you feel when you read phrases like: “speak like a native” “improve your accent” “perfect pronunciation” Do they inspire you or do they make you feel second best? If they make you feel like your English isn’t good enough, I completely understand. These phrases...
How to make yourself sound more intelligent

How to make yourself sound more intelligent

Do you ever find yourself reaching for the thesaurus in a bid to make yourself sound more intelligent? If you do, you’re not alone. According to Stanford academic Daniel Oppenheimer, over 85% of undergraduates surveyed admitted to doing exactly this. They...