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I promise you if you can stop making

these three really common mistakes you

will stop sounding like a non-native a

lot faster than you think let's learn

what these mistakes are in this lesson


hi everybody this is Elliott from ETJ

English now lots of you might know

already that I have had hundreds and

hundreds of students and usually when

people join my course and they first

start learning with me they take

something called an accent evaluation

this is where I listen to them speaking

and I tell them exactly what their

problems are I tell them what needs to

be fixed

what sounds good what sounds bad and

generally just kind of give some advice

now there are three really really common

mistakes which my students tend to make

three really common mistakes which we

spend a lot of our time working on

throughout the course and there are more

than just three really common mistakes

but these three are the ones which I

would say about 90% at least of my

students who have joined my course have

problems with so I want you to see do

you make these mistakes maybe you've

worked on perfecting them already but if

you do make these mistakes

I'd suggest you start working on them

now problem number one is the most

common this is the issue which almost

all of my students have when they join

my course and this problem is the

difference between a and e so we have a

short vowel and a long vowel e you might

notice the difference in my face shape

already when I pronounce these two

sounds Oh II a E the most noticeable

difference is the second sound is a long

vowel and I smile a little bit more the

reason I'm smiling more is actually

because my tongue is going higher in my

mouth so when we raise our tongue higher

the mouth will close more because the

jaw comes up and we create more of a

smiling shape to produce an e sound but

when we produce the e sound

this is where my student

have a real big problem I've had

students from all over the world having

problems with pronouncing words like

itch because it sounds like each or hit

because it sounds like heat and the

problem might not be that they're making

the vowel long when it's supposed to be

short sometimes the problem is just the

tongue position and the mouth shape the

two sounds are very very similar for the

long vowel the tongue is higher as I

said and for the short vowel the tongue

is just below the top teeth so it's just

near the sharp edge of the top teeth

kind of floating in the mouth and we

don't smile as much look at the

difference it e you'll notice when you

pronounce the e sound that the sides of

your tongue should touch the sides of

your top teeth but when you produce the

e sound that doesn't happen it's more of

a relaxed shape with the mouth so try a

few words like hit heat itch each Beach

and see if you can do it some of my

students it takes them months to get

this right they take training they take

lessons with me but they really find it

hard to get this sound consistent and

they might find that sometimes they're

pronouncing it right but not all the

time this is where muscle memory

training becomes really important the

next sound which every non-native has a

problem with is the th sound well

there's actually two there's the voiced

th and the unvoiced th now to pronounce

these two sounds the tongue has to go

between the teeth like this right this

but I have many many students who

pronounce the word this as dis think as

sink or tink and it's a real issue

because a native pronounces the th sound

correctly with the tongue between the

teeth every time now there are some

parts of the UK where it's more common

in the dialect and the accent to say

think instead of think parts of London

have this style of speaking but it's not

recommended for a learner to speak

this I'd recommend someone who's

learning a British accent to pronounce

the th sound with the tongue between the

teeth every time now remember when we

pronounce the th sound if we're talking

very very fast there is a technique I

taught in a previous lesson which is

that you can just tap the back of your

top teeth just tap the sharp edge of

your top teeth to create a sound it's

very very quick okay but it's really

really useful to do this when you're

talking fast because sometimes it really

is quite difficult to get your tongue

between the teeth every single time but

please try and do it when you can

because you will stop sounding like a

non-native really fast if you can

consistently do this it's very very easy

to know that someone is non-native or

that their English pronunciation isn't

very good and it's usually with the th

sound that we can tell immediately and

the other number three is quite a broad

a big issue it's the letter R when we do

and when we don't pronounce it now the R

is a in words like red rat travel right

but sometimes we don't pronounce it for

example a word like work we say work not

work now lots of students when they

first start learning with me they have a

problem where they pronounce the R quite

a lot they'll say work or course or here

instead of here also they might say my

teacher instead of my teacher I say

teacher okay or doctor now we've talked

about the schwa a lot on this channel

and that's because it's about 30 to 40

percent of British English and it

replaces the letter R a lot particularly

at the end of words tongue relaxed in

the middle of the mouth and the mouth is

very relaxed it's the easiest sound to

make in English it's just ah in a word

like teacher doctor anytime a word

finishes with an American sound or

international English sound which you

might have learnt

school British people pronounce it as a

but also the R is replaced by lots of

different vowel sounds for example as I

said work the R is replaced with an ER

sound course the R is replaced with an

or sound even with a diphthong such as

air for example the word share we don't

say share we say share we're replacing

it with what we call a diphthong a word

like car we don't pronounce the R at the

end so vowels replace the letter R a lot

and when my students first joined the

course they find it really difficult to

know when we do and when we don't a

quick tip is that we actually only

pronounce the letter R when there is a

vowel sound after it so a word like

travel yes we will pronounce the travel

that's because after the R is a vowel

sound but a word like pork for example

we don't pronounce the R because after

the R is a which is a consonant sound ok

so we're not going to pronounce the R

and also of course we don't pronounce

the R at the end of words really

important to know that so I guess the

final point 3 what I've been trying to

explain is that my students have a

problem with when we do and when we

don't pronounce the letter R but that

real problem generally is how to

pronounce the vowels how to use the

vowels to replace the letter R now there

are lots of other very very common

mistakes which most students from all

over the world make such as things to do

with intonation and stress other

particular vowel sounds which are very

very common that they make mistakes with

there are lots and lots of things which

tend to kind of trend with all of my

students and I can't talk talk about all

of those today but if you do want me to

make another video about this kind of

topic please let me know and maybe I'll

make a video with another three common

mistakes that my students make

and if you really need help with your

pronunciation you want to talk with me

directly and learn from me with voice

messaging and of course learn how to

speak with a British English accent then

you can join my pronunciation course by

clicking the link below

ETJ English comm I can't wait to meet

those of you who join and help you

achieve your goals if not you can find

lots of useful videos on this channel

about pronunciation and British English

as always it's been a pleasure and

cheers guys


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