Click on any of the 44 symbols on the British English IPA chart below to find the lesson about that sound.
This is the chart of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) showing the 44 sounds of British English. The chart is divided up into three sections. The red section at the top left shows the pure vowel sounds. The green section at the top right shows the gliding vowel sounds. The blue section at the bottom shows the consonant sounds.
In each Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at one of the 44 sounds of British English. We will look at the letter combinations that give end sound. We will look at lots of words which have the sound in them. Finally, we will activate your ability to produce the sounds correctly.
Learn to speak with a British accent quickly and easily using the visual and audio aids in these lessons. As you work your way through this book you will quickly begin to notice aspects of British English pronunciation that will help you to better understand fast British English speech. You will also begin to reproduce the correct British English pronunciation. All of the pronunciation points are demonstrated by me using audio files so that you can listen and copy the pronunciation as you go. You can, and should, revisit the lessons regularly so that you can revise the content as you go. I am sure you want to improve your pronunciation and your understanding of fast spoken British English as quickly as possible, but I caution you against trying to rush things.
Some of these symbols in the IPA chart match the letters of the alphabet and have their usual English sound values. That is, the letter of the alphabet and the sound represented by the IPA symbol are always the same. This is only true of the following consonants: p, b, t, d, k, m, n, l, r, f, v, z, h, w The rest of the consonant letters of the alphabet have no set sound value: c, g, j, q, s, x, y Neither do the five vowel letters, which are: a, e, i, o, u The IPA allows us to write down the actual sound of the word.
Here are the 5 newest British English lessons from the Britlish Library. I regularly add new lessons to the Britlish Library so make sure you bookmark this page.
You have probably noticed the suffix -ish at the end of many English words. The suffix -ish is actually in the words English and British, and consequently Britlish, too. A suffix is a tag that we add to the end of words to change their meaning slightly. In the case of -ish we add it to the ends of nouns and adjectives to form adjectives which mean approximately, somewhat, or like. It’s a very old suffix which Old English inherited from the Germanic. Common uses of the suffix -ish are colour words, talking about the size of things, when talking about the temperature of things, when describing qualities, and it is often added to numbers and time to indicate approximation.
This lesson looks at why individually humans are stupid, ignorant, and pathetic, but collectively, as a species, we are capable of incredible achievements. How long would you survive if the fabric of our society dissolved away and we were left to fend for ourselves? What do you think will come after humans have outlived their usefulness? Do this lesson to find out some of my thoughts on this matter.
Bernie Madoff died in prison on 14th April 2021 having served just 12 years of a 150-year prison sentence for running the biggest ever Ponzi scheme which defrauded people out of an estimated $65 billion. This English lesson takes a look at the ironic pronunciation of the phrasal verb make off, which means to steal money, and Bernie Madoff's last name which is a homophone with made off. The animation of the Madoff character in the video was done using iClone and Character Creator from Reallusion. I think it is the most realistic animation I have made to date.
This “Alaska” joke gets its humour from the pronunciation features of British English. If you understand the rhythm of English and how weak and strong syllables behave when we speak, you will be able to understand the humour of this joke. The Britlish Library lesson explains how and why the joke is funny and gives you plenty of exercises to help you learn, remember, and use these pronunciation features.
There are quite a few wind idioms in British English. I have created an Activation Quiz to teach you 15 of them and give you some practice using them. These 15 idioms include put the wind up, take the wind out of someone’s sails, and an ill wind, to name just a few. You can learn these idioms by doing the multimedia-rich, interactive activator in this lesson.
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