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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
How is the -ed word ending pronounced in "finished"?

How is the -ed word ending pronounced in "shouted"?

How is the -ed word ending pronounced in "listened"?

People from London often replace the "th" sound with:

The most common sound in the English language is the _______.

Does British English use non-rhotic pronunciation?

Does Scottish English use non-rhotic pronunciation?

What is the correct way to pronounce "birthday"?

What is the correct way to pronounce "which"?

The pronunciation of "can" and "can't":


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113 Comments on “8 Tips for British English Pronunciation”


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Thank you for your lesson.I just want to ask what is the difference between these two sentences.and this door remains unclock………………………….

Monday, February 23rd 2015

    I wish I could help you Cuang, but I did not quite get your question.

    Bye for now.

    Sunday, March 1st 2015

      Engaging topic for a lesson Jade, but at the same time challenging.

      In my view, in order to sound like a native speaker what we first need is to become much more familiar with the English sound system.

      Being exposed to reginal variations -of course- hels a great deal too.

      Thanks for sharing this pronunciation video lesson with us.

      Regards.

      Sunday, March 1st 2015

      I wish you could help my. Are you a surrogate teacher? You’re not Umberto Eco. Who are you? Where are you from? What are you doing?
      Are you a spirit? Then, live in the virtual world and leave us alone.
      I’m begging you. Enjoy yourself with spirits.
      Has anyone asked for your infinite source of knowledge?

      Monday, March 9th 2015

        :)
        A student helping another student will most certainly sounds like this:
        “You’re stupid, and since I’m quite awesome, shut up and learn!”.
        It takes a teacher to know how to teach without becoming arrogant…

        Wednesday, March 11th 2015

Thank for your lesson.what is the difference between these 2 sentences.and

Monday, February 23rd 2015

9/10 :D

Monday, February 23rd 2015

Sorry to tell you but the right transcription of “can” is /kænt/

Monday, February 23rd 2015

    Sorry to correct you but it must be

    can /kæn/

    without the “t”.

    Tuesday, February 24th 2015

      Ok again “can” /kæn/ and “can’t” /kænt/
      Thanks @Panda7

      Tuesday, February 24th 2015

      I have heard both; /kæn/ and /ka:n/.
      I think the pronunciation of “can” is different from countries. By the way, I have learnt it pronounced /kæn/ when I was a school student.

      Thank you for your interesting lesson, Jade :)

      Tuesday, February 24th 2015

      I’m sorry to correct you both Lenin and Panda, but the pronunciation of can and can’t is different in UK and US English. :)

      If you check the title of the video, it reads “…British English Pronunciation”. Hope this helps.

      Friday, February 27th 2015

        I read the title. The pronunciation of can /kæn/ is British. No need to correct my comment.

        Monday, March 2nd 2015

Thanks you for your lesson , It is hard lesson for me.

Monday, February 23rd 2015

Thanks a lot, Jade! I love your pronunctiation tips.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Thanks for the lesson, it is a little bit difficult to me remember all the rules when speaking but it is helpful.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Hurray 10/10 (very rare this happen to me)
Jade doing what she does best, explaining how to pronounce. The seven rule is the more chaotic. Always I have to say “path” or “5th”, or “birth” I feel a bit insecure how I’ll sound….. Hihihihihi.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Very interesting lesson. Good stuff for improving the pronunciation, which is sometimes very difficult.

I also like to listen when Jade is talking.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Thanks a lot. I can understand what you said it.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

thank you really useful for me that ı have noticed ı say always wrong can and cant..as pronunciation.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

I got 8 of 10…very good but this lesson has been a bit difficult for me because i’ve recently start to improve my speaking english

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

great pronunciation lesson. Thank you very much

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Thank you Jade

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

it’s so difficult for me

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Hi Jade,indeed you are a great teacher,thank so much.
I wish I had knew Engvid since the since the biginning.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Hello I just want to ask teacher James when I put my article (the) sentence in a detailed explanation if allowed I hope fast response

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

hello everybody, sorry but i don’t understand the meaning in french of “rhotic” what is the french for that word please ?

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

    Unfortunately, it is just “rhotique”.

    Wednesday, February 25th 2015

      Thank you for your answer, can you explain me the meaning of rhotic ? i don’t understand…

      Thursday, February 26th 2015

        rhotic is “used for describing an accent in which the speaker pronounces the letter ‘r’ after a vowel, as most American and Scottish speakers do.” (Macmillan English Dictionary) In this dictionary the ‘r’ in a rhotic accent is shown in brackets.

        Friday, February 27th 2015

          thank you David it is kind of you :)

          Friday, February 27th 2015

Thanks it’s very useful thanks

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Thank you Jade.It’s difficult for me.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Thank you so much, Jade :-)

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Jade, Thank you for your lecture.

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

Thank you, Jade!

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

great lesson, Jade.

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

I would like to meet up with this guy to learn more things

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

Thanks, jade. I’ll try to put it in practice.

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

many many thank you, Jade, ;).

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

Thank you!! =D

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

I gonna need to practice more Jade. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

Can you please do a video about the different pronunciations of the letter ‘u’.

Thursday, February 26th 2015

A million thank you Ms Jade, it was really a handy lesson, because I’m learning English with the British accent, especially the southern one :) So thank you again, and I look forward to learning a lot from you :)

Thursday, February 26th 2015

Hi Jade!
Thank you for the lessons, you’re a great teacher!

I’m not quite sure whether you read thsese comments and I don’t know where else I can leave my request either.. But anyway, if you do read could you plese make a lesson on the difference and meanings of such phrases as “Here we are”, “There you go!” etc.
Thank you!

Thursday, February 26th 2015

number 10: The pronunciation of “can” and “can’t”:
I was sure that the correct answer is: “is always different”.

As you said “can” and “can’t” can always be distinguished clearly by the sound of the vowel, even if the “t” in “can’t” is not pronounced.

Thursday, February 26th 2015

Dear Jade thanks a lot…

Friday, February 27th 2015

Iam new student here but i think that i will get good pronunciation from great school

Friday, February 27th 2015

thanks Jade!

Saturday, February 28th 2015

go 9 ot of 10.
thanks a lot for this helpfull lesson

Saturday, February 28th 2015

It is hard to understand your pronunciation !!!

Saturday, February 28th 2015

thanks teacher

Monday, March 2nd 2015

Thanks a lot

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015

hi…T.jade…thank you for this lessons ….so may i ask you…..not about pronunciation….about movies what the easier one.000000thank so much

Tuesday, March 3rd 2015

Thank you Jade :)

Wednesday, March 4th 2015

Hello everyone how are you doing

Wednesday, March 4th 2015

thanks

Wednesday, March 4th 2015

thank you so much. i would like to understand the difference pronunciation of ” walk” and ” work”.
Thank you

Thursday, March 5th 2015

Thank you very much.

Saturday, March 7th 2015

9/10 Thanks!

Sunday, March 8th 2015

hi teacher;Congratulations, Today you deserve our most beautiful flowers and poetry!
Happy Women’s day to you!

Sunday, March 8th 2015

Happy women day!!!

Sunday, March 8th 2015

Happy women’s day !!!

Sunday, March 8th 2015

again 9 out of 10. one mistake- the last one, I wanted to answer often the same ,but according to your explanation ” you were saying that can, and the a is low, while when its negative we say can’t (kan’t) … anyway, thank you Jade.

Sunday, March 8th 2015

Thank you Jade

Wednesday, March 11th 2015

Hi Jade, which is widely used in the world for British English and American English? I mean in general part, student usually learn what kind of English?

Wednesday, March 11th 2015

Jade
hello, Im new in this application,
I´m hope laerning a lot whit yours class.
regards.

Thursday, March 12th 2015

well.. nice lesson thanx

Monday, March 16th 2015

9/10.. Thanks Jade!

Saturday, March 21st 2015

hello,so glad to be here,if i have something wrong. please correct me.

Saturday, March 21st 2015

i feel improvement thankyou very much for nice lesson

Sunday, March 22nd 2015

thanks teacher

Wednesday, March 25th 2015

Dear Ms.Jade,
thank you kindly, it has been an interresting lesson. I should like to wish you and your family a nice happy Easter. I pay my respect to you wonderful Prof. H

Friday, March 27th 2015

Thank you Jade.Very good class.You are a good teacher.Congratulations!

Thursday, April 16th 2015

thank .i have 9 of 10

Tuesday, April 21st 2015

I think the pronunciation is the most difficult for people who are learning English because we couldn’t be in professional pronunciation while we live in our country and we used to communicate with our own language . So , learning the basics of pronunciation are enough even we can express ourselves easily .Never waste your time while you are beginner in language .

This my views .

Regards

Friday, April 24th 2015

Wait, did she almost burst into tears at the very end of the video?

Thursday, May 7th 2015

thank you very much Jade.

Friday, May 15th 2015

Thanks teacher Jade . Can you teach more of the right pronunciation in British accent? I really want to learn and teach my friend that also like to speak in British accent in our school. Thanks and Godbless

Monday, May 18th 2015

One of my favorite teacher now is you, Teacher Jade

Monday, May 18th 2015

don’t get the last question about the pronunciation of “can” and “can’t”. As far as I understand, it is always different, because “can” is [kæn] and “can’t” is [ka:nt] or [ka:n] according to this lesson. Did I get something wrong?

Thursday, May 28th 2015

tank u

Saturday, June 6th 2015

Thank you for the lesson, I learned a lot

Sunday, June 14th 2015

thanks alot jade

Monday, June 22nd 2015

thank you Jade!

help me with the pronunciation of “English”.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015

Hi Jade,
Well First of all i would like to thank you all of you and mostly to whom who has created this good site. I really appreciate all of you teacher who teaches really very well and gives good examples of each Engvid lessons and topics. and i want all of your contact no. e-mails so plz i request you must give so that i talk to you online and make my english more good.

Tuesday, June 30th 2015

Good lesson. I did well on the quiz.Thanks.

Monday, August 31st 2015

Hi Jade, you are so good….love to learn from you

Thursday, September 10th 2015

10/10 Hi,Jade! Thank you for your lessons!

Tuesday, October 6th 2015

10/10 Hi,Jade! Thanks!

Tuesday, October 6th 2015

I don’t get why the cat footprints in the snow is wrong?

Wednesday, October 7th 2015

Oh, I got onto this site because I was trying to find out why Martin Roberts pronounces subsidence the way he does? The first time I heard him say it, I thought what is he talking about? But Lucy says it correctly. Is it a North South thing?

Wednesday, October 7th 2015

hahaha))) She can’t pronounce “Rrr” )) like kid:)

Tuesday, October 20th 2015

HI, pleease i need someone to answer me , in ENGLISH ACCENT we should pronounce the R only when it’s followed by a vowel sound but in the word HERE we pronounce it ”hia” which means that we didn’t pronounce the R while the E in HERE has a vowel sound ”shwa” so why don’t we pronounce the R ???????

Wednesday, October 28th 2015

Thank you for your help.

Tuesday, November 10th 2015

This is so helpful! Thank you so much now i think i can really improve my English.

Sunday, December 20th 2015

this lesson is really helpful, thank you very much. especially “can” and “can’t” part, thanx again

Tuesday, December 29th 2015

Thanks

Tuesday, January 5th 2016

It’s helful for me to improve my speaking skills. Thank you teacher.

Thursday, February 4th 2016

T̥ͦh̥ͦḁͦn̥ͦk̥ͦs̥ͦ

Tuesday, February 16th 2016

thank you…the reason why i love english british,i like accent british english. :)

Thursday, February 18th 2016

Hi Ma’am Jade.I could understand your lessons very well.Can you make a video on pronunciation of words having spellings “or” & “ro” ?

Thursday, February 18th 2016

Thanks

Saturday, April 16th 2016

Thank you very much!

Monday, May 2nd 2016

Your lesson is very helpful for me. Thank you very much!

Sunday, May 8th 2016

Wow, very impressed! Jade, you explain in a very understandable manner, “th”ank you very much:)
Besides, in Russia we have the “rhotic” pronunciation too, so it’s quite challenging for me…But I got it:)

Monday, August 1st 2016

Kind of fascinating that this vid’s title is British English and there’s no British people commenting.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016

9/10 but I believe there is a pb with the last question. You said in your video that even when the “t” in “can’t” is not pronunced, the proposition is always clear because because the “a” sound stay a long one, and can’t be confused with the short “a” you would have with an affirmative sentence.

Wednesday, August 24th 2016

As for the “th”, you often say it as an “f” at the beginning of the word and also as a “v” at the end of it. You always say “wiv” instead of “with”. Another teacher said it was a cockney accent ? is this true or is it more generally found in London and in the South ?
Thanks in advance for any answer Jade and appreciate your lessons very much.

Wednesday, August 24th 2016

Hello there…..,
My name is Esheri and I’d like to tell you that if you can give a specific lesson about the British accents and the differences between the south and the north.

Wednesday, September 7th 2016

HI, you got me!, only 50% by quiz… I will be back on lesson!

Monday, September 26th 2016

thanks u !!!

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

Thank you…

Wednesday, November 16th 2016
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