Hi, I wasn't sure where to post this thread - I wanted it anon.
I come from an area in the UK which has a very strong regional and recognizable accent. It's a working-class accent I suppose, and as such I have noticed that even in this area, the accent is diluted the higher up the ''social class'' you are. It's not an common accent that I see as being common among the very successful i.e. government/medical etc although I have heard soft variations of it in terms of some MPs and business people.
Anyway, my question: I'm heading into a professional career and I want to 'clean up' my accent. I tend to drop H's/T's/G's etc ( e.g."aven't you?", "E-an" - eaten!!, "avin" - having!!) etc. I read it's something to do with a ''glottal stop'' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUIRa0T0BV8)
I also over-emphasize I's ("profiiit" which I actually say as "profiiii" because I drop the T as well). I have been corrected on this by someone who said it should be pronounced "profet" - in other words, a soft i sound rather than the hard i sound at the start of a word like "indirect".
Anyway, I make loads of these mistakes - I don't even realize until people point them out. I work in quite a professional middle class dominated environment and I'm from a council estate with a regional accent. I want rid of it for my own career progression and basically to be taken more seriously.
So my question - how do you go about teaching yourself to reduce/remove a regional accent?
Thanks v much!
Regional accent reduction.
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