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The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages describes practical progress in language learning, from basic to advanced. The CEFR Scale applies to any language, not just English.

CEFR Scale: official translations of the COE outline of the Global CEFR Scale.

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Improve your English Pronunciation

It can be frustrating when you know you said the correct words, but your pronuncation was not understood!

Diagnose your pronunciation errors using YouTube videos:

I recommended this YouTube series:

Easy English with James

Start with 9 ways to pronounce the letter A


Tip: Learn to pronounce Vowels correctly first (a, e, i, o, u). Correct your pronunciation of Consonants (the other letters) after improving your vowel pronunciation.

Master the Rhythm, Stress and Intonation of English speech

If you pronounce English words correctly, yet your sentences still sound like your first language, begin a journey of discovery: there is a musical pattern within native English speech.

For a brilliant overview

The Economist Films

Why you have an accent in a foreign language (or: How to sound like a local...)

For fun-filled, in-depth insight

Dr Geoff Lindsay

English Intonation: Deaccenting

Tip: Dr Geoff fills his teaching videos with gentle English humour, so it is really important to relax and enjoy his presentations, especially the video clips. If you do not understand first time, listen again

Is there an English accent that is easier to understand than others?

Although I would like to think the answer to this question is "Well, mine of course!", that would simply not be true.

The question is wrong.

Language is about understanding what you hear spoken and speaking to be understood. We are suprisingly adaptable and make small adjustments with time to the language being spoken around us.

First of all, let us be clear about the difference between an accent and a dialect.

'A dialect often follows most of the rules of its respective language, but it may have different vocabulary, grammar, or pronunciations. Most dialects are recognized by their usage in a specific geographic area, but dialects may be determined by other criteria such as social class.' (

An accent, on the other hand, is mainly results from difference in pronunciation.

A fascinating example of this is evidenced by the recorded speech of the late Queen Elizabeth II, whose refined 'Queen's English' slowly changed during her 70 years reign. Was Queen Elizabeth's English a dialect or an accent? I think it was somewhere between the two. I think it was less distinctively different (more of an accent than a dialect) as she grew older!

Learn about the kind of change even your own first language will go through

with this BBC Future article by Sophie Hardach and Richard Gray called:

What the Queen's English revealed about a changing world

Why are some English dialects more difficult (for me) to understand?

Simply put, the reason why English speakers, whether non-native or native, have difficulty being understood, is often not about their ability to learn English. It is very much about where they have lived, particularly where they lived as children.

As we all know, the native English speaker finds speaking English easy. Yet, for the non-native speaker the frustration comes when native English speakers do not understand their pronunciation or word order.

Yet this same problem is also true for native speakers of English, depending on where they have travelled to. Indeed, even in English speaking countries, the further apart native speakers live, the more widely their words and accents differ.

With time, we gain greater exposure to a wider range of spoken English. As a result, we have increasing ability to understand a broader range of English accents, dialects and sentence structures, particularly when spoken by  acquaintances and work colleagues.

Whose English is the correct one?

The fact is that, even with native English speakers (like me), none of us are speaking an identical English.  To be perfectly honest, when we include everyone who speaks some form of English, there are over 1.5 billion individually different ways to speak it. Agreed, this does not mean 1.5 billion speakers of grammatically perfect English (how many speak like that anyway). Yet every one of these 1.5 billion speakers of different forms of English know people who understand them very well!

So, that said, let's get English language learning

(and teaching)

seen in its international perspective

with this duolingo blog by Brandon Lesher :

6 English dialects from around the world

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