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Another way to work on your pronunciation

Choose a voice to imitate: Choose someone like you - so the same age and sex - and choose a voice you like. Then work hard trying to sound just like the person you have chosen.

In the columns first two below you can see a lot of sites where you can listen to voices from different parts of the world.

It may be useful to make a transcript what 'your of voice' is and then record yourself saying the same words in the same way.

You will need to have Real need Audio, Windows Media Player and/or Quicktime installed listen to the voices.

Contact: Chrisfry(at)pangea(dot)org

Voice agency for radio & tv ads; BBC, Ch4 & independent TV programmes/productions; corporate videos; multimedia and foreign versions. Plus casting services for advertising agencies for voice-actors, voice-overs, voice talent, voice artists
Choose men or women from the pictures and listen to their voices - Mostly British

RMK began operations in 1977 as Australia's first specialist voice-over agency. RMK has grown to become a market leader in the provision of creative human resources to a local and international clientele. We now provide a range of premium quality creative services to the TV, Radio, Advertising and Audio Visual Production industries, as well as to many sectors of the corporate world.
Choose gender, age and listen to the voices - all Australian
Voicebank
The Irish voice-over agency
Choose female, male or youth and then choose names/photos and listen to the voices - all Irish
Over 5000 of the world's TOP voiceover talent are here to hear INSTANTLY at VoiceHunter.com!
Choose gender, type (- American, British and Australia) and age and listen to the voices
VOX TALENT provides voice talent and voiceover services for radio and television commercials and stations, corporate and industrial videos, multimedia, CD ROMs, internet sites, new media applications and more.
Choose men or women, then location and then age range 25-34, 35-44, 45+ and listen to their voices - American & Canadian

This page contains sound samples spoken by English speakers from around the world.  The spoken texts have been chosen for their usefulness in accent determination.
 
 
 
Postscript:
A few years ago Scott Thornbury mentioned the idea of learners trying to imitate a specific person's voice instead of concentrating on individual sounds in English. I liked the idea and dreamt of building up a range of different people's voices for learners to choose from, but, of course, did nothing.

Then, years later I saw an article about a new Spanish voice bank called 'Loc-Media' and I remembered the idea. I searched the internet for English voice banks, particularly British English ones, and found that there are dozens, if not hundreds.

I have put a selection here and feel sure that it will be easy enough to find a voice you would like to sound like. I would be delighted to know who you chose and how you got on.

Cool Speech
An English Language Teaching iPad app for students who want to achieve the highest levels in listening to, and pronunciation of British English. For use by both teachers and students.

Students of English complain that speed of speech is their biggest problem in learning to listen. Cool Speech gives you direct access to fast speech, and teaches you to understand it.

Advanced students of English need pronunciation activities which bridge the gap between slow careful speech and natural fluent speech: Cool Speech provides pronunciation activities for all the vowels and consonants of British English at three different speeds, with a choice of male and female voices.

The traditional way to work on your pronunciation

Working on each individual sound:

British English Pronunciation
howjsay . com
Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words
The Vowel Machine is a program designed to help you to learn to recognise English vowel sounds. Each time you click the SPIN button, three words will appear and you will hear one of them. Your task is to choose the right one.
British English Pronunciation
Sounds of (American) English
Connect to englishclub.com homepage
helps you learn English free
- an online club for EFL/ESL Students.
Try the pronunciation section

American English Pronunciation Practice
by Charles I. Kelly
Flash Player required

Phonemic chart
Learn the international phonetic alphabet and the sounds of English.
This site contains FLASH animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of Spanish, German and English. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language.
This site contains FLASH animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of Spanish and English. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language.
Thanks Nik!
The Distinctive Vowel Sounds of British and American EnglishSee the tongue positions and hear the sounds of American and British vowels
 

ęChris Fry December, 1999 - September 11, 2012     Contact: chrisfry(at)pangea(dot)org    Last updated: September 11, 2012