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Learn English on iPhone

Learn to speak in British Accent on your iPhone and iPod touch. Professional voice over artist Alison Pitman teaches RP British Accent. The British Accent iPhone app contains over 2 hours of content for study and practice. Her cut-glass tones and perfect pronunciation have helped Alison Pitman set up a flourishing business teaching people across the globe how to speak the Queen’s English. And now thanks to the wonders of technology and the all-conquering iPhone the 37-year-old Bristolian is hoping to reach millions of customers. Alison trained as a broadcaster and journalist and also had a short stint working in the film and TV industry.

Now the mother-of-one uses her voice to earn a living recording voice-overs for videos, training films and adverts in a specially built studio in her home in Stapleton. Alison’s voice can also be heard on answer phones, power point presentations and automated text messages. In her latest venture she hopes to tap into the enormous popularity of the iPhone both in the UK and around the world.

Alison has recorded a training app or application which can be downloaded directly on to the handset for just $4.99. As part of the deal she takes a percentage of the profits every time someone downloads the iPhone app.

She said: “I have found that there is a lot of demand for what I do in India. I guess there are a lot of companies out there who run call centers and they want their staff to speak in English accents. I also get a lot of work in America. There is something about the English accent that people like and I guess it is because of all the connotations to do with class, history and heritage. People hear the English accent and it conjures up images of sophistication and elegance.”

Alison specializes in RP or Received Pronunciation and says that there is still plenty of demand for her services despite the recession. She has been producing voice-overs for five years and only recently moved into the world of iPhone applications. The training application teaches how to correctly make 15 different vowel sounds and 16 different consonant sounds. According to Alison that is enough to set someone on the way to speaking perfect English.

Alison added: “I worked on crews for films and picked up a lot of the technical stuff along the way. I can produce and edit my own files and most of my work comes from the internet. Most of what I do can be turned around very quickly, it usually takes about 24 hours to produce something. I suppose I spend all day talking to myself for a living but actually don’t often get to meet my clients in person. I so rarely speak to anyone direct because most of what I do is done by email.”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later
* 219 MB

Pricing and Availability:
British Accent 1.3.5 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

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