Accent Softening – Received Pronunciation

  • Would you like to make yourself understood effortlessly, every time?
  • Would you like an equal chance in job interviews?
  • Would you like people to take you seriously when speaking?
  • Would you prefer that your native accent did not hold you back?

VoiceWorX has observed some people tend to generalise and can form wrong conclusions about a person just on the strength of their accents. Whilst discrimination is not allowed, interviewers may take accents into account when selecting people for their jobs.

Our aim

With a tailored and progressive programme to meet your requirements, VoiceWorX can help you develop a neutral English accent. It is our belief that it is unethical to take away someone’s native accent, because amongst other things it makes us individual and forms part of our heritage.  However, learning a neutral English accent can give you options and a basis from which to add other accents, if desired.

Received Pronunciation

The accent presented to you is Received Pronunciation (RP) also known as BBC Pronunciation. It is an accent familiarly used by the BBC, Independent television and broadcasting channels and is the preferred accent chosen by British teachers to teach to foreign learners.  RP is also the accent that is most fully represented in textbooks and pronunciation dictionaries.

VoiceWorX believes that learners do not need to speak with a perfect RP accent, rather that the underlining accent is RP. This enables the individual to develop pronunciation to a level for effective communication focusing on resonating zones within the mouth (teeth, hard and soft palates)(? ), articulators, vowels and consonants.

Foreign Learners

VoiceWorX also knows that it is not only English people’s accents that can be easily misunderstood but also those from other worldwide countries whose nationals have chosen to work, study or make their home in an English speaking country.

Individuals who were brought up speaking another primary language other than English may find it just as difficult to recognise English speech sounds, as it is to produce them. But tried and tested research has shown that pronunciation can improve when coached to better recognise English sounds, which in turn aids a more accurate and rapid recognition of sounds thus enabling a quicker English vocabulary.