How to Pronounce American and British English

Written by Meryem Kennedy

Meryem has worked with students of all ages from all over the world. As a teacher for over 25 years, she has taught at high schools, universities, colleges, and language institutions, in addition to private tutoring. Her education includes three university degrees: English Teaching, Applied Linguistics, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Which one is your choice?

One of the hardest parts of learning English is the pronunciation. We all struggle with it.

Depending on where in the world you started learning English, you were either taught American or British English or both!

Since I am familiar with these accents, I will concentrate on these two and will not be including others, such as the Australian accent.

I started out learning British English in Turkey. When I was studying at the university to become an English teacher, some of my professors spoke British and some spoke American English. I decided that I wanted to speak with an American accent.

I have discovered two websites that have videos that teach how to pronounce words correctly in British and American English.

British English

You can go through the pronunciation of vowels and consonants in British English on the BBC Learning English website.

Click here for  BBC Learning English.

American English

Here is an American website where you can learn how to pronounce words in American English: Voice of America Learning English.

Click here for Voice of America Learning English.

I hope this video will help you speak better. As you can see, English pronunciation is tricky, but with the help of these videos, you can improve your speech.



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