By watching the following video, and reading the instructions below, you can practice your speaking skills, connect your brain to your mouth, and achieve a more British-sounding accent. Have fun!
1) Listen to the video 2 or 3 times
2) Make sure you understand at least 80% of the speech
3) Read the script as you listen (copied below)
4) Begin to read along with the video, with minimum delay
5) Now read along at the exact same time
6) Copy exactly the speed, intonation and stress about 5 times
7) Sound more like a British native speaker, yey! 🙂
Check out our British English Speaking Course, where you can record your voice and have it examined by a British teacher: http://nativeenglishskypeteacher.com/british-english-speaking-course/h
Dread: anticipate with great apprehension or fear. “Jane was dreading the party”
Sandwiched: insert or squeeze (someone or something) between two other people or things, typically in a restricted space or so as to be uncomfortable. “the girl was sandwiched between two burly men in the back of the car”
Obliged: make (someone) legally or morally bound to do something. “doctors are obliged by law to keep patients alive while there is a chance of recovery”
Catastrophe: an event causing great and usually sudden damage or suffering; a disaster. “an environmental catastrophe”
Despair: the complete loss or absence of hope. “a voice full of self-hatred and despair”
Script: Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face by Jack Prelutsky
Be glad your nose is on your face, not pasted on some other place, for if it were where it is not, you might dislike your nose a lot.
Imagine if your precious nose were sandwiched in between your toes, that clearly would not be a treat, for you’d be forced to smell your feet.
Your nose would be a source of dread were it attached atop your head, it soon would drive you to despair, forever tickled by your hair.
Within your ear, your nose would be an absolute catastrophe, for when you were obliged to sneeze, your brain would rattle from the breeze.
Your nose, instead, through thick and thin, remains between your eyes and chin, not pasted on some other place– be glad your nose is on your face!