An unfortunate accent reduction story

An Unfor­tu­nate Accent Reduc­tion Sto­ry

A lit­tle while ago I was brain­storm­ing some accent reduc­tion  ideas with the man­ag­er of a large com­pa­ny (Suzie), who had used my Aus­tralian accent course to gain an Aus­tralian accent. She told me about a meet­ing she had been in a few days ear­li­er. She said she was a lit­tle shocked at what hap­pened.

She had con­vened a meet­ing with 2 oth­er col­leagues from oth­er com­pa­nies to work on ideas for a par­tic­u­lar joint project, and they had met in the con­fer­ence room. Both col­leagues (William and Michael), were Eng­lish as sec­ond lan­guage speak­ers. She said that both col­leagues were excep­tion­al­ly skilled in their par­tic­u­lar areas of exper­tise, and that’s why they were there. Any­way, as they dis­cussed their project, William and Suzie were chat­ter­ing, and jok­ing and con­tribut­ing ideas.  Michael on the oth­er hand, was main­ly just sit­ting there and only occa­sion­al­ly con­tribut­ing to the meet­ing.

What shocked Suzie the most, was the extent to which Michael couldn’t con­tribute. She said his Eng­lish was fine in a one to one sit­u­a­tion, but because he didn’t feel con­fi­dent with his speech and pro­nun­ci­a­tion in Eng­lish, he couldn’t con­tribute prop­er­ly to the meet­ing. She felt his dis­com­fort, and was upset for him.

Take a moment and fin­ish this sen­tence:

” My unclear Eng­lish speech is stop­ping me from…..

If you found some­thing to fin­ish the sen­tence with, maybe a bit of accent reduc­tion train­ing is what you need.

Often high­ly skilled peo­ple tell me that they have trou­ble get­ting their skills recog­nised because their speech is unclear and they are judged on this. I have even had cus­tomers say they’ve been told in inter­views that their cre­den­tials are good, but that they need to have clear­er Eng­lish and work on their accent reduc­tion to get the job.

Accent Reduc­tion Train­ing Tip

Just change one thing and it will already make a dif­fer­ence to your Eng­lish clar­i­ty. It will also make a dif­fer­ence to your lis­ten­er!

Just make sure you say ‘th’ prop­er­ly all the time not just 60% of the time; make sure you just change the way you say one vow­el prop­er­ly 100% of the time – this will make a big dif­fer­ence; Just make sure you link words – join the final con­so­nant of a word to the  vow­el at the begin­ning of the next word – e.g. ‘fit in’ becomes ‘fi tin’ 100% of the time.  Each ele­ment makes a big dif­fer­ence.

If you had some­thing to fin­ish the sen­tence ” My unclear Eng­lish speech is stop­ping me from….....”. and would like to share it by com­ment­ing below, or email me at esther.bruhl@speakmoreclearly.com, I would be real­ly inter­est­ed to hear what it is.

Best wish­es, Esther

 

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