If you are thinking of improving your British accent than the internet can be a great source of tools to help you with your accent training. But before we go any further, you should be clear what you mean by the term ‘British Accent’. As I’m sure you’re aware Britain has many accents and there is not really a standard British accent which is common to all speakers and all regions. When many people refer to a British accent, they tend to mean the RP or Received pronunciation form of British English accent. Some people also use the terms ‘Queens English’ or ‘BBC English’ to describe the accent they would like to develop. If you are looking to learn a specific regional accent of Britain than it would be wise to specify this when searching for training material. For example, learning Cockney or learning a West Country accent.
Here are some ideas how the internet can help you improve your British accent.
1. Podcasts: Download and listen to native British speakers podcast recordings. Here you will find presenters speaking in a more relaxed and natural way. Search for podcasts on topics that particularly interest you so not only will you be practicing your British accent as you listen, you will also be picking up valuable information on your chosen subject as you do so. If you can improve and develop your accent as you listen to some inspiring and uplifiting commentary then it will make accent training more fun and pleasurable. Remember to listen to the speech and repeat the words and phrases as you do so. You may need to listen to each podcast a number of times so you don’t miss anything!!
You can also find Mp3 recordings specifically designed to help with British accent pronunciation training. Some mp3’s focus on particular words and phrases others can be more conversational/roleplaying exercises.