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hello everybody it's me your mate Elliot

from etj English and I'm here today to

give you a lesson all about tea is empty

empty so you'll know from one of my

recent lessons where I talked about kind

of the most important ways of sounding

more British if you're a non-native

speaker and you're trying to improve

your British pronunciation the letter T

is one of the most important things we

mustn't forget our teas but it's a bit

of a tricky situation because sometimes

natives do pronounce the T and sometimes

we don't today I'm focusing on how you

can sound more British instantly by

pronouncing the tea more often really

really important that you do this if you

want to sound more British now before we

get into the lesson we do have something

in English called the glottal tea it's

in British pronunciation and for example

instead of saying British I could say

British British now it's quite

complicated and I have a full lesson

explaining how we do the glottal tea in

my pronunciation course which you can

join in the description box below what

we're doing to create the glottal tea is

we're tightening a section of our throat

known as the glottis and what we do is

we cut a sound out so for example

instead of saying British brew we're

cutting that after the vowel sound

we're cutting it out with our throat

with the glottis in our throats and what

that does is it creates almost a muted

fake sound now this is a really advanced

technique and this is the advice I'm

going to give you don't do the glottal

tea until you've formed a habit of

pronouncing the tea a lot more the

reason why I say this is because the

glottal tea can sometimes cause more

problems than we need so try to focus on

pronouncing your teas more first to

sound more British then you can sound

extra British

once you've formed that habit and you

can start training yourself to drop your

T's more particularly at the end of

words you heard me then I didn't say at

the end of words I said at the end of

words so at the end of words it's okay

but in the middle of words I still

recommend trying to pronounce your T's

when you can which leads me on to these

example sentences I'm going to give you

today and they're going to make you

sound more British less international so

firstly let's take a look at this

example I'm so happy that I passed my

exam I am so happy that I passed my exam

now the reason why I've included this

sentence is because first we have

connected speech and something which

lots of non-natives do is they learn the

American style of connecting a T and

they would say that I that I and what

they're doing is they're changing the

sound of the T to more of a sound that

died now that's American it's not


so that I if you start pronouncing your

T's when you join that and I or a word

which finishes with a T and next word

begins with a vowel trust me you're

instantly going to add more British less

international less American to your

accent so try it with a few different

things now the reason why I included the

word past that I passed it's because we

have something called a consonant

cluster here past another great way of

practicing pronouncing your T's is by

practicing consonant clusters again

there's a whole chapter about this in my

course if you decide to join but

essentially what we're doing is we're

creating the sound then we need to cut

it off with the sound pass pass

so imagine you're doing a long sound and

then you want to finish it complete it

delete it with it sound past practice

the sentence with me I'm so happy that I

passed my exam now imagine somebody asks

you how are you well my response is

usually yeah I'm good thanks

what about you what about you British

English what about what about T is

joining to the schwa sound at the

beginning of the next word what what

about don't get confused with water I

know somebody would be immediately

starting to write in the comments that

sounds like water it doesn't the vowel

sound is different water water but you

could use it as a reference what about

you now with the word about I'm going to

give you two options

you can pronounce the T or you don't

have to you could say about and drop the

T but make sure you're tightening that

glottis part of your throat about

because if you just do about that

doesn't sound right you have to create

the tension in your throat for the

glottal tea or just say about because it

tends to add more of a British effect

for a non-native speaker if you do

pronounce those T's in the beginning

then we can start getting better with

other techniques to sound more native so

one more time I'm good thanks what about

you if you are trying to improve your

intonation at the moment replay that

sentence a few times just keep going

back and replaying and practice the way

I go up and down and just try and

improve on that as well that will help

you with your intonation when you're

asking questions next one I went to the

library I went to the library I went to

the library so we're not pronouncing the

T at the end of went went went to the

library that's because went finishes

with a T and the next word begins with

the T

so we're actually just going to

pronounce 1t kind of merge them together

when to the library I went to the

library went to went to the library also

notice how it's not pronounced as

library in British English ly3 library

so I went to the library at lunchtime

make sure you get that T in there lunch

time Shh

so we've got enter just lunchtime but I

couldn't find the book I wanted but I so

again not bad I like an American it's

but i but i but i couldn't i didn't

pronounce the T at the end of couldn't

again because it's more natural for me

but it's up to you you could pronounce

the T if you wanted to but I couldn't

or but I couldn't it's up to you if

you're doing couldn't you have to know

how to tighten that part of your throat

and cut the sound out but I couldn't

find the book I wanted wanted and make

sure you get that another issue people

have is pronouncing the ID at the end of

words which finish with Edie so people

think that it's wanted but it's wanted

wanted in this situation to imagine it's

spelt tid that's how we pronounce it tid

tid wanted I went to the library at

lunchtime but I couldn't find the book I

wanted but I couldn't find the book I

wanted also when I said at lunchtime as

you could see I didn't pronounce the T

at the end of app you could say at well

you could say app again it's up to you

and one more thing a word which I hear

pronounced wrong by people who are

trying to do a British accent all the

time is the word whatever too many

people join my British pronunciation

course and they pronounce the word

whatever and the word British as

whatever and British obviously that's

not what we want to do we want to say

whatever and British so I want you to

create a sentence in the comments below


both the words whatever and British

included and I want you to share them

with everyone so we can all make a

practice sentence that we can use

together to practice the word whatever

and British and make sure we're

pronouncing them with a T when we do

practice it and there you go now you

should understand a bit better about

when we can when we can't pronounce the

T generally the rule is you can and you

can't there are some situations where

you have to there are some situations

where you could use the glottal T

usually I recommend just at the end of

words for now but to create an overall

more British pronunciation right now if

you're trying to change your accent try

to focus on pronouncing your T's as much

as you can and then when you get a bit

better with the vowels and everything

else then we can start looking at

dropping your T's using the glottis more

and just generally making your

pronunciation advanced British and of

course we can do this step-by-step

together over whatsapp and through the

videos and downloadable files in my

pronunciation course ETJ English comm so

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