English accent reduction 80% of the road to success is...

Eng­lish Accent Reduc­tion- 80% Of The Road To Suc­cess is…..

So what is 80% of the road to suc­cess in Eng­lish accent reduc­tion?

Have you ever felt over­whelmed by all the sounds, stress pat­terns etc that you may need to work on for your accent reduc­tion?
It’s nat­ur­al to feel this, but 80% of the road to suc­cess for clear Eng­lish speech, is to just take the first step.
You might say, OK well that’s obvi­ous. But when you take the first step you need to real­ly take it!
You need to com­mit to sound­ing dif­fer­ent. I have worked with stu­dents who are will­ing to sound dif­fer­ent in a les­son. Then, the next time I speak to them, they aren’t try­ing to use their new pro­nun­ci­a­tion.
Just tak­ing the first step to real­ly sound dif­fer­ent in Eng­lish, makes all the dif­fer­ence!

Break it down. Choose 1 thing. Work on it. Use it.
Real­ly com­mit to sound­ing dif­fer­ent and your mouth mov­ing dif­fer­ent­ly when you speak.

For exam­ple, one of the dif­fer­ences between the Chi­nese ‘sh’ sound, and the Eng­lish ‘sh’ is where you put your tongue in your mouth while let­ting the air out the front of your mouth- this also changes the sound of the air. So if you want to sound clear­er you have to real­ly change things in your mouth and not just do things the way you have always done.

Just one key Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion change makes a dif­fer­ence to the lis­ten­er under­stand­ing you the first time.  Chang­ing 2 key speech accent ele­ments makes even more dif­fer­ence to your accent reduc­tion!
If you don’t know what those key accent reduc­tion ele­ments are for your own Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion, you can always get a speech assess­ment to guide you, so you can tar­get key accent reduc­tion ele­ments.

Eng­lish Accent Reduc­tion Prac­tise tips

1) Take the time to record your­self and com­pare your speech pro­duc­tion with the train­er in our course. Do this sev­er­al times if you need to so you are get­ting clos­er to the trainer’s speech each time. One of our stu­dents who speaks 5 lan­guages said she does this over and over every time she learns a new lan­guage. Her speech in Eng­lish is very clear.

Keep your record­ings at first so you can notice how much you’re improv­ing.

2) Start with an accent reduc­tion speech ele­ment that is tricky for you, but start with a sim­ple one. Your Eng­lish lan­guage may be good, but your mouth needs to get used to mov­ing dif­fer­ent­ly.

Start with a sound you know you can’t say well- espe­cial­ly a vow­el sound– or a con­so­nant you know you can’t say in Eng­lish words. You are chang­ing the way you organ­ise your mouth to go from sound to sound.

3) Choose a phrase or word to prac­tise and speak aloud to your­self at home as you make din­ner, as you comb your hair, as you get dressed, as you do the dish­es etc.  Say it over and over to make it auto­mat­ic.

As I said before just chang­ing one ele­ment makes a huge dif­fer­ence!

So, real­ly as with any­thing new, I hope I have inspired you by real­is­ing that 80% of the road to suc­cess is to just take the first step.

Best wish­es, Esther

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