Accent Reduction-Where to start

Accent Reduc­tion In Eng­lish-Where to Start-VIDEO

Accent Reduc­tion-Where to Start

I am often asked by cus­tomers, “Now that I've pur­chased a Speak More Clear­ly accent reduc­tion course, where should I start?” A great ques­tion! Obvi­ous­ly dif­fer­ent indi­vid­u­als have dif­fer­ent accent reduc­tion needs depend­ing on their back­ground or native lan­guage, nev­er­the­less, there are some com­mon areas that every­one can start with.

In the video below I dis­cuss Where to start for quick­est results.

Accent Reduc­tion-Where to start

1) Start with your vow­els-When you don't say your Eng­lish vow­els cor­rect­ly in words, it's very dif­fi­cult for a native Eng­lish speak­er to under­stand because it's not a com­mon error in Eng­lish for native speak­ers. And if you're tired of being asked where you are from, this is def­i­nite­ly the place to start your accent reduc­tion work. Often, even if a vow­el is said only slight­ly off tar­get, a lis­ten­er will uncon­scious­ly notice.

2) Work on con­so­nants you can't pro­nounce-Jump in straight away and work on any con­so­nants you can't pro­nounce, or that you don't have in your native language/s. The ‘th' and ‘r' con­so­nants are 2 con­so­nants that usu­al­ly need work for accent reduc­tion. Most lan­guages don't have a ‘th' sound, and often the ‘r' is made dif­fer­ent­ly to the  Eng­lish ‘r' con­so­nant.

3) Work on Eng­lish stress and rhythm- Eng­lish is a stress timed lan­guage so work on syl­la­ble stress in longer words and the schwa vow­el, how to stress the words that car­ry the main mean­ing in sen­tences, Eng­lish phras­ing in sen­tences and link­ing and eli­sion and into­na­tion (There are also free lessons on these pro­nun­ci­a­tion ele­ments  here). We've includ­ed lots of prac­tise mate­r­i­al in our cours­es so you have lots of prac­tise mate­r­i­al to speak more clear­ly.

Best wish­es, Esther

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