Accent tag videos Listening

Accent tag videos to improve your speaking

While trying to improve my English accent I came across a very useful resource that you can also benefit from.
I want to introduce you to the Accent tag videos
 
Accent tag videos
 

What Are The Accent Tag Videos?

The “Accent tag” is a way to group videos where English speakers show how their accents sound.

In these videos, English speakers show how their English accent is by:
Reading a list of given words.
Answering to some given questions.
Reading a passage of a book.
Talking about anything they like.

The accent tag videos are indeed a very useful resource. Plenty of different English accents ready for you to be checked out!

 

Where To Find Accent Tag Videos?

Here are some links to Accent tag videos:
Accent Tag: British accent
Accent Tag: American accent
Accent Tag: Australian accent
Accent Tag: New Zeland accent

You can find more videos like these looking up at “Accent tag videos” on:
Google
YouTube
Tumblr

 

Why Are Accent Tag Videos So Valuable?

This kind of videos are a tailor made resource if you want to improve:

Your Listening skill:
Because they are going to help you to train your ear to different English accents.

Your Speaking skill:
Because they are a very good resource in order to find your specific English accent reference.Read more about that in my post: How to improve your English accent faster.

Now, is time for you to check out all these videos!

 
Which English accent do you like best?
Which one you don’t like at all?
Would you like to recommend us any other good Accent tag videos?
All your comments are very welcome!!!

 

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Improve your English accent faster Speaking

How to improve your English accent faster

if you really want to improve your English accent faster, I want to share with you a very important fact, if not the most important one!

 

A Common Mistake When Trying To Improve Your English Accent Faster

Which do you think is the most common mistake English learners usually make?

The mistake I’ll talk about is the complete lack of a clear and specific reference of how your English accent has to sound.
I bet that you try to improve your English accent completely blindfolded and without any reference at all.

 
Improve your English accent faster

 

Why you can’t Improve Your English Accent Faster?

It’s not easy at all to improve your English accent because:

First difficulty You have to deal with a lot of things like:
Pronunciation
Entonation
Liaisons
Contractions
Among many others…

Second difficulty There’s a lot of different English accents that sound pretty different between them:
The British accent
The American accent
The Australian accent
Among many others accents …

Third difficulty Check out how many different accent you can find inside the aforementioned accents. For example in the British accent there’re many other accents like:
Scottish
Welsh
RP
Estuary
Scouse
Gordie
Among many others…

Those are pretty bad news, aren’t they?

But don’t worry, there’s still light at the end of the tunnel!
There’s something that’ll make things a lot easier.
Something that can help you to improve your English accent faster.

 

How To Improve Your English Accent Faster?

To overcome all these difficulties, you have to pick out a specific English accent as a reference for you.

You’re in the wrong way if:
You haven’t a specific English accent as a reference.
You constantly shift from one English accent to another.

And let me tell you an even most important thing:
The trick here is not just to choose a specific English accent. You also have to choose an English native speaker as a reference for you.
It can be a singer, an actor, a TV show host…whoever you like!

If you have these references it’s going to be a lot easier to improve your English accent faster. You’ll know how your English accent must sound.

If you want to improve your English accent faster, you always have to keep in mind your 2 cornerstones:
A specific English accent.
An English speaker of this specific accent.

The difference between having this references or not, is the difference between succeeding or failing when trying to improve Your English Accent Faster.

 

Steps To Follow In Order To Improve Your English Accent Faster

Step One:
-Choose both a specific English accent and an English speaker of this accent.
-Take your time and choose it carefully!
It’s a very crucial decision for you!
-Keep in mind that all the time you’re going to spend listening to different English accents and speakers is by any mean a waste of time. Just quite the contrary.

Step Two:
Once you have a specific English accent and an English speaker of that accent:
-Listen to him/her as much as possible.
-Try to imitate him/her as much as possible.
-Try to catch all the characteristics that makes this English accent to sound how it sounds.

Step Three:
-Don’t worry if at any time you feel that you choose a wrong accent or the wrong speaker reference for you.
-Just go back to step 1 and start over to find a more suitable one.

I’m myself following this same strategy and I can assure you that it works pretty well!

A very important recommendation:
I do recommend you to stick with a specific English accent when working on your speaking.
Nevertheless, it’s very important for you to still listen to all kinds of English accents if you also want to improve your listening skill.

 
Which English accent are you going to pick out?
Which English speaker do you have as a reference?
Any other idea about how to improve your English accent faster?
All your comments are very welcome!!!

 

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How to master English intonation

5/9 post of the series “The 9 basic pillars to speak English well

 
If you want to speak English well it’s basic to master English intonation.
When you talk your pitch goes up and down and that is intonation.

If you talk all the time in a flat voice like a robot…

  1. Your English doesn’t sound good.
  2. It’s difficult to understand what you mean.

When speaking ,apart from using the right words in a sentence, you also have to add the right intonation that conveys important information.

There is a very old saying about that…

…It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it…

 
How to master English intonation
 
Let’s take a look at the two basic English intonations…
 

Falling Intonation…

It’s the most common intonation.
It’s when your voice falls (go down) on the last stressed syllable of a sentence.

Falling intonation expresses…

  • Finality (you are finished talking)
  • Certainty (you are sure about what you are saying)
  • Confidence
  • convincement

Falling intonation is used in…

  1. Declarative sentences –> I live in France.
  2. Commands –> Sit down!
  3. Exclamatory sentences –> What a wonderful girl!
  4. At the last item of a list –> I like cars, trucks and bikes.
  5. Wh questions –> Where do you live?
  6. Tag question –> You live in France, don’t you?
    (You use falling intonation on a tag question when you already know the answer. You just want to confirm it or are just making conversation.)

 

Rising Intonation…

It’s when your voice rises (go up) on the last stressed syllable of a sentence.

Rising intonation expresses…

  • Doubt
  • Surprise
  • Non-finality
  • Awaiting for a reply
  • Lack of confidence
  • Uncertainty
  • Interest

Rising  intonation is used in…

  1. Yes/No questions –> Are you French?
  2. In every item of list except the last one –> I like cars, trucks and bikes.
  3. Dependent or introductory sentences –> If she calls, ask her to come.
  4. Direct adress –> Sir, be careful with the dog.
  5. Tag questions –>You live in France, don’t you?
    (Here the tag question is a real question because you don’t know the answer).

 

Changing The Rules To Master English Intonation

Very often you are going to hear a sentence with an Intonation that doesn’t follow the rules I just shared with you.
It’s not a mistake!!!
It’s just that you can change intonation when you want to convey a different meaning.

Example 1:

– I ask you: “Where do you live?” (Falling intonation)

– If your answer is… “I live in the moon.”
I’m going to think that you didn’t understand my question or that I didn’t understand your answer or that you are just making fun of me.

– Then I’m going to repeat the question: “Where do you live?“(Rising intonation)

But this time with a RISING INTONATION because I want to show you that I’m surprised.

Example 2:

As I told you before in a list you use a rising intonation (up) for all the items you are listing except for the last one that has a falling intonation (down).
The falling intonation shows that it’s the last item of the list.

Sentence 1:  Would you like tea(up), coffee(up) or juice(down)?

In this sentence you are asking someone which one of the tree options he/she likes.
But you can change the intonation pattern and use a rising intonation (up) for the tree item (even for the last one).

Sentence 2: Would you like tea(up), coffee(up) or juice(Up)?

With this intonation pattern your question is open and you are asking if he/she wants one of the tree items listed or maybe something else.
Would you like tea, coffee or juice…or maybe something else…?

To the first question your speaker can choose between tea, coffee or juice.
But to the second question you speaker can chose between tea, coffee or juice or maybe ask for milk or water or something else.
As you can see in these examples it’s very common to change the intonation pattern whenever you want to convey a different meaning.

 

And Remember…

How to master English intonation_

…All your comments are very welcome!!!

What to do next…

The 9 basic pillars to speak English well
– How to master English pronunciation … Coming soon!
How to master word stress
– How to master sentence stress … Coming soon!
– How to master the Schwa sound … Coming soon!
How to master connected speech
How to master English contractions
– How to master thought groups … Coming soon!
How to master word ending pronunciation

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