20. Beware of Bad Pronunciation

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This is a podcast for learners of English as a second language. Use it to improve your vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, idioms and cultural awareness. This podcast is about how you should be a bit careful of the reliability of some videos on the internet.

Transcript to Tracy Goodwin’s video:

“Now let’s practise the short ‘o’, and again I’ll give you words and sentences. I’ll say them standard American first, followed up with the British dialect.

Hot Hot

Coffee Coffeh!

Fought FOTT!


Bobby Bobbeh

Fond Fawned

Now some sentences:

Ron opted to ignore Dot

Lost coffee is not to be fought over

The dog was lost in the fog

The loft smelled like strong coffee”

OK, that’s Tracy Goodwin’s advice. Unfortunately, most of it is plain wrong. Sorry Tracy.

Here are some of the comments made on her YouTube page:

Somewhere in England there’s a bunch of poor Americans walking around talking like complete dicks because of this lady. Never in my life have I heard anyone say coffee like that. Ever. And I’ve live in England all my life.

Dear oh dear, that is class. Coffeeeeeeeeh. Brilliant. Do you do french accents too? Ha haw he haw

Never in all my days in Britain have I heared anyone say coffie like that.


She doesn’t have a clue. English people can understand Americans. We’re not retards that need to be spoken to in our ‘dialect’.

LOL lol lol lol!!!! The way she says coffEH is sooooooooooooooooooooo funny!!! i have a west coast accent but live in the UK, and let me tell you, that is sooooooooooo not how these people talk. Like, not one bit!!! Especially the way she says coffee, it is so not friggin’ “coffEH”! LOL. and that barbie thing she was on about is not bobby!!!! Certainly not!! LOL, what a freak! She ain’t no expert! ;]]]


UPDATE (April 2014)
I was thinking about this podcast episode recently, and I was a bit worried that I’d been unfair to Tracy, or that it was a bit cruel to publicly shame her. I was considering removing this episode, because I think it’s not very nice to make fun of other people online. I decided I’d have another look at Expert Village, and Tracy’s videos. I watched some more videos from Expert Village – and it made me realise again – these videos are terrible! I’m sorry, but it’s just not fair to label Tracy as an expert in speaking with a British accent, and in fact many of the other videos on ‘Expert Village’ are absolutely laughable. They’re not experts, much of the advice is wrong and in some cases dangerous. It makes me wonder how this channel operates. Who are the people in the videos? Who is in charge of Expert Village? How do you get a video on this network? In some cases, the so-called ‘experts’ seem to be embarrassed by their videos. Have a look at this video below. It’s a compilation of some of Expert Village’s biggest failures. I started with sympathetic intentions, but now I think Expert Village probably deserves all the criticism it gets.

5 responses to “20. Beware of Bad Pronunciation

  1. I´ve listened to the episode and I agree with your reaction Luke. I mean, I´ve been studying English since I was 6 (I´m 35 yrs now); I graduated in 2010 as a Teacher of English, I also attended Conversation classes with a native speaker (he´s from Brighton). On average, I try to listen to BBC Radio Programmes 5 to 15 hours a week, and I´m aware that I do not speak with a British Accent. I think Tracy should have searched more British Sites where native speakers teach how to pronounce with British Accent and done some practice before uploading the episodes. If you search the BBC Page, you can find videos to practice the pronunciation of each sound:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/sounds/vowel_short_4.shtml – this vid is about the short o sound-
    Another example is the Cambridge Online Dictionary. There you find the pronunciation of a word in Brit and Ame English (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/coffee?q=coffee#)
    It could be a good idea if you gave her some piece of advice about the correct British pronunciation, what d´you think?

  2. I’m jobless now, but practicing english with your podcast makes me feel like I’m working full-time job:) This is excellent, thanks for putting so much effort into making this podcast! This is very valuable for me!

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  4. Hi Luke,

    Thans a lot for your useful help in my English, I think that I am improving my english pronuntiation everyday with your pleasant podcasts.-

    Leandro from Venezuela

  5. I’m an English teacher.Your podcast’s are very useful for me.Really I enjoy listening to them for hours without getting bored.I can understand your language and accent very well without any difficulty.I’m very thankful to you.May God bless you abundantly.

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