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Today I'm going to share how I got a British accent and also some tips on how

to lose your native accent if you want to sound more like a native speaker of

an English language a couple of months ago I did a video on how I became fluent

in English and also sharing my top 10 tips for speaking English as a foreign

language I am originally from Brazil and I'm just a regular English student like

all of you out there learning English but I thought I would come today and

share with you some more English speaking tips because you seem to have

light my previous video if you're more advanced with your English you're

probably starting to think about accents and thinking about what accents you like

the most and what accent you would like to have a lot of people don't have much

choice because they end up learning the accent that their teachers have but I

will show you that it's possible to reverse that accent and actually end up

with an accent that you want to have I learned American English because all of

my teachers back in Brazil were American or had American accents but then I moved

to the UK and I ended up with a British accent because of lots of different

factors together there one of them which I think is probably the most important

is the fact that it I ended up marrying a British guy and I kind of ended up

with the same or similar accent to his and his family so my husband is Welsh

and his whole family is Welsh and I ended up with kind of like a Welsh

accent a lot of people here in the UK do think that I'm Welsh they identify my

accent has been more similar to Welsh and very very rarely I get people saying

that I'm Brazilian because of my accent so I think I've been quite successful in

losing the Brazilian accent one when I speak English I'm not saying that that's

what everybody wants a lot of people want to keep their native accents whilst

they're speaking English and that's totally fine so this video is not for

you but if you want to lose and sound more like a native speaker of English if

you want to lose your native accent then I hope these tips will be helpful for

you so starting on how I got a British accent for a very very long time I had

the strong American accent then I came to the UK on

holiday and I fell in love with the country with the culture and most

importantly with the accent and I literally made my life goal to sound

like that because I wanted to sound like that when

I spoke English so when I went back home instead of focusing on all of the things

I was focusing with American accents I kind of switched my focus to British

accent so I would watch more British TV series I would listen to more British

music and try to get myself familiar with the sounds of the British people

with how the different accents in the British language sounded and that's how

it started but I would say that my British accent didn't become what it is

now until I moved to the UK and probably for about six months or so I'd say six

months to a year into living in the UK my accent was still a mixture of

American accent and British accent it was only when I moved to the UK and I

was dating who is now my husband but at the time was my boyfriend and obviously

we were spending a lot of time together and I was kind of absorbed in his accent

even words from the most basic things that I had to do every day like work my

American accent was telling me to say that work but then I had to train my

brain to say work now I don't even have to think about it that's just how my

brain processes when I see that word written on a piece of paper and if I

want to say it in American accent I actually have to try and think about it

logically and know how it's going to sound so it's quite like a bizarre thing

that happened to me the fact that I've been able to change completely from an

American accent to a British accent now I'm going to share a few tips that helps

me get rid of my native accent when I'm speaking in English obviously I still

have my native accent when I speak in Portuguese but I think now that I've

been living in the UK for gosh coming up to seven years now I can safely say that

I don't think I have a Brazilian accent or at least are not very easy to detect

accent if anything a lot of people are cut quite confused and they do

really they can't really place where I'm from which I think it's a good sign

because it shows that my accent my native accent doesn't come through quite

as strong as some other people so hopefully this will be helpful to you I

have a mini list here of things that I want to talk about so I don't forget my

first tip is to copy copy copy copy don't be afraid to copy people who have

the accent that you want in this case we're talking about a British accent so

don't be afraid to copy other British accents that you hear you're not going

to get a British accent or any other accent for that matter just by thinking

about it if you have a foreign accent or if you have your native language in your

brain and that's the only language you know naturally you're going to end up

talking in that same pattern in the same rhythm as your natural native language

and every language has a different rhythm every language has a different

pattern and ways in which words linked together sound the best way to do that

is either with friends that have that accent that British accent or listening

to music or TV programmes or on YouTube there are lots of people on YouTube with

British accents that are very easy to listen and all you have to do is just

listen to them maybe pause and then practice yourself and then press play

and carry on and just do this regularly you don't have to do it every day but

just make sure you keep up my second tip is to forget how the words sound in your

native language that is a big trap and that's the best way to not sound like a

native speaker of English at all because it's very tempting so some words are

quite similar to lots of different languages and I find that Portuguese

Spanish Italian English all have very similar construction of words and that

kind of like makes you feel a false sense of security you think that you

know how that words going to sound but then in a different language it sounds

different for example I just something that came to mind the word president in

English in Portuguese it's spelt very similarly just within here at the

and but it sounds quite different in Portuguese it sounds like Presidente and

in English it sounds like president so look at the words and understand the

meaning of them may be linked into your native language but don't try and copy

how that word sounds in your native language into English if you're not sure

always look that word up the best tool that you could possibly

have is free and it's on Google it's called Google Translate you just put a

word in there and there's a little sound button that you can click to hear how

that word sounds it's just good to have handy my third tip is to create your own

British environment what I mean is if you're not in Britain then you can still

get immersed in that British language wherever you are the easiest way to do

that is to have something playing on the background either music or a TV show or

people talking in British English YouTube has lots and lots and lots of

content you could have a playlist going on for hours on end

and you don't have necessarily to be sitting down and paying attention to

everything that's going on but I'm sure some words will enter your brain just by

default just by listening to it every day you could be doing your ironing you

could be doing your laundry you could be doing maybe some tidying or whatever you

could be doing that so boring tasks just have something playing on the background

that makes you feel like you're surrounded by British people the same

way that you would feel as if you were here in the UK where I am walking down

the street or going into a shop and hearing people speak British English all

the time that's how much easier it is to learn the language in the country it's

because you're surrounded by it so create your own little British

environment wherever you are and try to listen to that accent as much as

possible in a way that's how children learn accents from birth because they

are living in the house or in an environment where their parents their

grandparents uncles aunties all speak the same language and children take a

long time to start speaking but they're absorbing that all of that language from

the day available and they carry on and then they start

saying these words so it's quite a simple way but it's something that's

proven to be effective it's to kind of surround yourself with the language and

if even if you can't be in a place where there are people speaking around you

then create that place wherever you are my fourth tip is to practice the tricky

sounds and that could be anything depending on what your native language

is but I just know that the most common ones are the th sounds like mouths

birthday the all of these seem to be quite commonly difficult for people of

all backgrounds or languages to speak so make sure you practice those sounds more

than you would practice any other sounds and also remember that in the British

language the letter R doesn't usually make a rotating sound like a and I know

that a lot of languages including Portuguese have that sound it's very

hard to not say it if I were to say the word hard with a Brazilian accent using

them I'd have to say hard and that would make immediately me sound foreign for

the th sound my main tip is that it doesn't sound like an F so it's not

birthday it's birthday and the way that you distinguish that by saying is that

the th sound your tongue goes in between your teeth and your mouth is quite

closed so it's quite small so you go and with the F sound you're literally just

blowing air through your mouth and your tongue is not between your teeth so

you're just going which is very different too so just practice that

sounds that sound and or other sounds that are as tricky as the th sound and

that will make your English flow a lot better my fifth tip is to group similar

words that sound the same and learn them all in a bundle I know it can be quite

overwhelming because vocabulary in the English language is huge and you're

never going to learn all of the words and even native speakers of English

don't know all of the words so just group words that look

and they'll probably sound the same there will be exceptions here and there

but most of the times you'll get it right things like hand will sound

similar to band and will sound similar to land so you know just try and group

these lands these words together and it will reduce the amount of vocabulary

that you have to learn in terms of pronunciation my sixth tip is to find

your inspiration find who you want to sound like and I know that sounds a bit

silly and sound a bit like you know a fangirl kind of thing but it's not it

really is useful to find someone that you want to sound like and try to copy

your goes back to my first tip and imitate how that person sounds some

people want to have a London accent other people want to have a Welsh accent

others won't have a northern accent others wants to have the Queen's accent

so they're all very different and although they all come under the same

British accent label and they're very different so find what accent do you

want to have and try to find people that have that accent and copy them your

brain will get quite confused if you're listening to people that have very

different accents because words will sound different depending on where

you're from in in Britain so try to focus on one particular accent it's not

always easy I have to say I find the Scottish accent particularly harder to

understand even after living here for seven odd years and even knowing that I

can understand most people that I meet I still struggle to understand the

Scottish accent and yes so for me I've always wanted to have an accent so that

was quite mainstream English and I ended up with a Welsh accent which is

completely fine by me and I love it the reason why I really like the Welsh

accent especially for people who are not native speakers of English is that it's

very pronounced and it's very kind of easy to understand from my experience I

think the Welsh tend to linger a bit more in each syllable so that

makes it the well that it makes a Welsh accent a little bit slower which in

turns makes it easier for people who are not native speakers of English to

understand so that's my favorite accent is the Welsh accent but I also like the

Queen's accent but that's um I don't think that's something I'll ever ever

achieve because it's just very posh my seventh tip is try to figure out why

you're not sounding like a native speaker and that can be more complicated

than it sounds because basically what you're going to be doing is listening to

separate words or individual words and seeing how it sounds when you say it and

how it sounds when a native speakers say it and then seeing where you're going

wrong not necessarily that speaking with an accent is going wrong but if you're

trying trying to correct that then maybe see where that is making you

different to the accent that you're trying to achieve a lot of the times

will be because you're relying on the way that your brain remembers your

native language and some of the times will be because you've heard that word

said with a different accent now you're trying to learn British accent for

example and it doesn't quite match so try and figure out what is it that is

not quite matching with the accent you want to achieve and keep trying and

copying until you get it perfectly right my eighth tip is that not every word

will sound like what they look like when they're written and that can create a

big false sense of security for a lot of foreign speakers you can see something

written on a piece of paper and think that you know how to say that but you

might not so don't just assume that that word is gonna sound how it looks always

make sure you double check if you're not sure one thing that I always remember is

my husband and he's very good at kind of teaching me without making me feel like

I've made a mistake or making me feel embarrassed and he used to teach me how

to say the word of which is basically the letters O and F and to me that would

instinctively sound like off and many times we'd be in the middle of a

conversation and I would be saying the word off wrongly

and he would find the best in the most appropriate moment to kind of correct me

and then my brain stink tively started to pick up whenever I had that word

coming up in the sentence I would immediately stink t'v li think it's not

off its off and then when other people were talking and I could hear that of

being said I take notice of it now and I kind of register every time of of so

words like that don't necessarily sound like they look like another word that I

can think of oh is the word southern and I wouldn't necessarily say that southern

would sound like it sounds I'd say that it would be if I were to read it and

kind of try and say it's the way that I see it I try and say southern because

it's South and then earn that's something to be aware of and if you're

trying to speak like a native speaker don't just assume that the words on

paper will sound exactly like they do I know that that makes life much harder

but that's just one of those things my ninth tip is that listening is more

important than anything when you're trying to perfect an accent even more

important than speaking because if you're not listening you will not speak

with the accents that you want if you're not paying attention to how something

sounds you're not going to get to the level of fluency or maybe not get to the

accent that you want so always make sure that you do a lot more less listening

than reading than anything when you're trying to perfect an accent in my last

tip is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to perfect the accents that

you want I know you've probably spent a lot of money getting to the point where

you have a good level of fluency in English because you have English lessons

and then that goes on for years and using ears sometimes but nowadays

there's so many resources that are free online and YouTube literally is your

best friend I will leave a playlist below that you can just go and watch on

repeat or have it handy when you need and that playlist consists of lots and

lots of lessons or maybe just general tips and tricks from people who are

native speakers and that can just give you a place to start if you

learn a British accent or if you want to get rid of your native accent so

hopefully that playlist will be useful to you but even if you don't find it on

YouTube there are lots of places on the internet lots of websites that do free

lessons just make sure that you're listening that you're paying attention

and that you're practicing don't just be a passive learner be an active learner

don't just listen but actually say the words because you'll never know how you

sound like until you say the words out loud that in itself can be quite a big

problem if you're not too confident with your English speaking but that's the

first step to becoming fluent and to having the accent that you want is

getting rid of that confidence block getting rid of that fear of being mocked

and misunderstood and slowly getting there I'm not saying you're gonna get

from 0 to 100 from from today to tomorrow but you'll definitely get there

if you're dedicated and if you make sure that you're putting your priorities

right so if your priority is to learn English and get that good accent then

try and put your shyness to the back of your mind and go you know what I'm going

to do this start in your bedroom then move on to your living room where a few

more people can hear you then move on to maybe your classroom

then go out in the real world and speak for all to hear and you'll be absolutely

fine trust me no one really cares that much how many mistakes you make in

English they might care for a second but they won't care for more than that so

just remember that if you're trying to learn English oh if you're starting to

learn English and perfecting your accent I hope these tips were helpful if you're

trying to learn British English if you enjoyed this video and if you found it

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not really sure how much more I can be of use because I'm only a student like

you guys I'm not a teacher I'm not qualified I just want to be able to help

from my experience so if there's anything that you think you could you'd

find helpful then let me know and I'll make sure to do a video for you

I hope you're having a lovely day and I'll see you very soon bye