“ship” or “sheep”?
“bet” or “bed”?
“they” or “day”?
When you speak your own language you don’t think about the movements of your mouth. They happen automatically.
Some of these movements are specific to your own language or accent. These movements are habits, and may interfere with the way you speak English.
Free access to 25 videos recorded by David Bauckham, a native voice/accent coach, to help you practise the sounds and words in the book.
Hello, my name is Iciar.
This book is the result of my own desire to speak English more clearly. Just like other Spanish people of my generation I studied English growing up, but this study was focused on written English. In my early twenties I came to the UK to improve my English and complete my studies. Little did I know that I was to meet a charming young man on my very first day. Now, many years later, we are married with two wonderful children.
As for my English, my listening improved very quickly. However, my pronunciation didn’t. I tried everything, but nothing really worked. The breakthrough came when I visited a speech therapist. She told me that some of my native sounds, such as the /s / sound, were making me sound foreign in English. This gave me the idea of comparing how sounds are made in different languages/accents. First, I compared my own accent to a Standard British accent. Then, I extended the research to find out what gives international students a foreign accent and so this book was born.
100 mini-tests to help you identify what gives you a foreign accent
Friendly instructions to help you pronounce English sounds clearly
I hope you find this book useful and easy to read. It has hours of advice… and is cheaper than one session with a specialist teacher ;)