How Americans Listen
I read an interesting article in the New York Times titled: Smoothing the Path From Foreign Lips to American Ears.
The article describes the American English pronunciation training of international graduate students teaching in the US.
There’s a huge need for this type of training.
Learn the rhythm of spoken American English ♫
In their training sessions graduate students “take sentences apart to learn rhythm, emphasis, pauses and rising and falling pitch — elements that can convey as much information as words” — and reinforce them with physical exercises.
According to accent trainer Lara Wallace,“Many people come (to the US) without having learned intonation at all. Everything comes out in a flat monotone, which makes an accent even harder to understand.”
As I always teach my accent reduction clients, learning to use stress and intonation will make the biggest positive impact on your American English pronunciation.
The American listener will comprehend you more easily if you speak with the correct stress and intonation.
Read the article
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