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5 Quick Accent Reduc­tion Tips That Make All The Dif­fer­ence

Accent Reduc­tion Tip 1- a trick to help you pro­nounce the voiced and voice­less ‘th’ sounds more eas­i­ly

Besides hold­ing your tongue out between your teeth long enough, and not flick­ing it back too quick­ly, there’s also anoth­er tip you need to know.  

As you hold your tongue out  between your top and bot­tom teeth, you also need to con­scious­ly make it 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.

Accent Reduc­tion Tip 2 – Using the ‘dark /l/’  sound makes 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’. 

The dark /l/ is most­ly used when there is a con­so­nant before or after it, 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.

Accent Reduc­tion Tip 3 – Cre­ate a new audio record­ing in your head

Alfred Toma­tis a famous Ear, Nose and Throat doc­tor said ” What the ear can hear, the voice can repro­duce.”

When you want to sound like a native Eng­lish speak­er, or if you want to speak Eng­lish  more clear­ly, you need to build a ‘record­ing’ or audi­to­ry image in your brain to refer to when you want to know how a word or sen­tence needs to be pro­nounced. You do this by lis­ten­ing, and lis­ten­ing, and lis­ten­ing to a native Eng­lish speak­er or train­er. You need to expose and immerse the audi­to­ry cen­tres of your brain to the sound and nuances of the accent or pro­nun­ci­a­tion you are aim­ing for.

Most of us can call up in our minds the sound and accent of our parent’s speech pat­terns, and how they sound. Just like that, you need to make a strong ‘pic­ture’ or record­ing of how Eng­lish sounds. This makes it eas­i­er and quick­er to sound more like a native Eng­lish speak­er.

Accent Reduc­tion Tip 4 – be patient and per­sis­tent

Some cus­tomers 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. 

Accent Reduc­tion Tip 5- Ideas To Make Your New Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion Auto­mat­ic

  • write out a list of sen­tences that you have to use often at work or social­ly, and use those to prac­tise
  • 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.
  • 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 and focus on say­ing what you are work­ing on cor­rect­ly, when­ev­er it comes up in the text.

Best wish­es,

Esther

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