4 Accent Reduc­tion Tips – Make All The Dif­fer­ence

VIDEO: 4 Accent Reduc­tion Tips – Speak Eng­lish Con­fi­dent­ly

Hi it’s Esther here from the Speak More Clear­ly Accent reduc­tion cours­es. I am going to go through 4 accent reduc­tion tips that will make a dif­fer­ence to your clear Eng­lish speech.

4 Accent Reduc­tion Tips:

Tip 1: is a tip to help you pro­nounce the ‘th’ sound more eas­i­ly

First, you need to hold your tongue out between your teeth long enough.
Most peo­ple who are learn­ing the ‘th’ sound tend to pull the tongue back into their mouth too quick­ly to get to the next sound.
For exam­ple they may say think (quick­ly). You need to give the ‘th’ it’s full worth and let enough air out first over your tongue before you move to the next sound.
So it’s think – I think so;

It’s not through (quick­ly) – it’s through- go through there;

it’s not thank (quick­ly) it’s thank – thank you.

Sec­ond­ly, as you hold your tongue out between your top and bot­tom teeth, you also need to con­scious­ly make it a bit flat or wider.
This makes it eas­i­er to send the air out over your tongue so it sounds like a prop­er ‘th' sound.
You may need to just stick your tongue out between your teeth at first with­out mak­ing a sound, and prac­tise mak­ing the front of your tongue flat or wide.
You could do this in front of a mir­ror at first to help you get the posi­tion­ing and feel of it.

Tip 2: is about using the dark /l/ sound to make it eas­i­er to speak more quick­ly.

The light /l/ – the one up behind the top front teeth,
is most­ly used at the begin­ning of words,
or when the /l/ has a vow­el before and after it, and in some com­mon end­ings such as ‘ly'.
For exam­ple look, fol­low, quick­ly.

The dark /l/ is most­ly used when there is a con­so­nant before or after the /l/, and when the /l/ comes at the end of a word. When you use the dark /l/ in these instances, it makes it eas­i­er to get from one sound to the oth­er in a word and to sound more nat­ur­al.
For exam­ple in the word almost, we don’t say almost we say almost.
It’s as if you say the short ‘u’ sound and then quick­ly and light­ly make the front /l/ sound.
He almost dropped it. Don’t over­do the short ‘u’, but say it quick­ly and move to the /l/.
Anoth­er exam­ple is felt. It’s not ‘felt’ but felt, felt.
He felt very well.
An exam­ple of the dark /l/ at the end of words is the word fell. We don’t say fell , but we say fell.
He fell on the mat­tress. We don’t say hall, but we say hall.
Go down the hall.

Tip 3: is to be patient and per­sis­tent with your­self.

Some of our stu­dents have emailed me to say they have used my accent reduc­tion course for a cou­ple of weeks,
and haven't gained a com­plete Eng­lish accent yet. Your men­tal atti­tude is impor­tant.
Of course it takes time to acquire a new accent. You need to be patient with your­self and per­sis­tent, and notice the gains you are mak­ing along the way with your prac­tise.
You didn't learn to speak your Moth­er Tongue in a mat­ter of weeks.
Work on one or two speech ele­ments at a time, and when you have con­sol­i­dat­ed them into your every­day speech, then move on to prac­tise some­thing else.
Oth­er­wise noth­ing becomes auto­mat­ic. After all your mouth needs to learn to move in a dif­fer­ent way from the way it usu­al­ly moves.

Tip 4: is about how to make your new Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion auto­mat­ic.

Fol­low these fan­tas­tic accent reduc­tion tips and they will make all the dif­fer­ence.
Write out a list of sen­tences that you have to use often at work or social­ly, and use those to prac­tise,
espe­cial­ly if there are words you always find dif­fi­cult to say, or longer words that are dif­fi­cult.
Break down the dif­fi­cult words into sec­tions , and say them slow­ly for a few days.
Then put them togeth­er and say the word over and over to help your mouth coor­di­nate itself for the cor­rect move­ments.
Write out dia­logues and con­ver­sa­tions that you often use at work, maybe with cus­tomers or in meet­ings or on the phone, and prac­tise those.
Prac­tise every day for 2-3 weeks, or until you are hap­py with how you sound when you lis­ten to your­self say­ing them in a record­ing of your­self.
Don’t for­get to prac­tise say­ing your name if it isn’t a com­mon one for the coun­try you live in (the trick here is to say it slow­er), and the name of your work place or com­pa­ny. Take a book, news­pa­per or mag­a­zine and read aloud to your­self every day for a few min­utes, and focus on say­ing what you are work­ing on cor­rect­ly, when­ev­er it comes up in the text.

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