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Usually, when people learn to speak a second language, they use the sounds and pronunciation rules (and often grammar) of their native language. This is what gives them an accent. They are not aware of the English set of “speech rules”. That’s because they were never taught this in school. Their teachers probably were not native English speakers and they were not aware of such things.
This can be a big problem because speaking with a heavy foreign accent can lead to misunderstanding. A strong accent can affect job prospects. However, by acquiring a better accent people can have better communication with potential employers, clients, colleagues and staff.
There are many schools and classes which teach English all around the world. However, most of them are focused on word lists and grammar rules. Very few of them address the “speech rules”. This is because many of the teachers are not native English speakers and they simply do not know of these “speech rules”. Many of them are even making errors themselves, speaking with a strong regional accent and teaching all of those things to you!
One more big problem – most English schools teach written English. The students are “studying English” instead of listening and speaking. That’s a real disaster. The students are not prepared for real speech in the real world. They can do very well at tests, but they can’t understand native speakers with their native accents, and the native speakers can not understand them.
If you are often asked to repeat yourself when you speak English, then you definitely need to improve your accent. It is not only a question of the pronunciation of different sounds, but also of speech melody and word connections.
When children learned their first language, they constructed a mental inventory of their native language’s speech sounds. Those sounds became a part of their speech. When they are learning a second language, they insert these speech sounds into the new language, in our case into English. Now, when they speak English, they reach into that inventory and come out with many substitute sounds. Some of them are close, but actually incorrect. These repeated errors in conversation with native speakers often cause them to be misunderstood.
So, how to learn a British accent? In order to master this thing you must first immerse yourself in audio training by listening to the native speaker and doing repeating exercises many times.
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