Can I Really Lose My Accent?

Can I Really Lose My Accent?

Can I really lose my accent?

Can I really lose my accent?

As an accent reduction coach this is a question that people ask me every week. It’s a good question. It’s a fair question. There are books and programs on the market that tell you this is easy to do.

Here’s My Answer

Here’s my honest answer.

Most adults born outside the US will never lose their accent. Most of you will never sound exactly like a native American English speaker.

And you don’t need to!

The good news is that everyone is capable of making their American English speech more clear, comprehensible and easy to listen to. You can make changes to your speech that will enable Americans to understand you more easily.

This will make communicating in American English much more enjoyable for you….. AND for your listeners.

How to Speak American English More Clearly

How can you learn to do this?

1. Learn the syllable stress patterns that American English speakers use when they speak

2. Learn the pitch and intonation patterns that American English speakers listen for

3. Learn to articulate the American English vowel sounds

4. Learn to articulate the American English consonant sounds

For many, if not most people, learning to use syllable stress and intonation patterns is the best place to start.

Why Focus on Syllable Stress & Intonation?

I know that most accent reduction programs don’t provide enough instruction on syllable stress and intonation. But they should.

That’s because Research indicates that learning to use syllable stress and intonation allows non native speakers to sound more clear and comprehensible faster than learning individual vowel and consonant sounds.

Get an Accent Assessment

One step you can take to learn specific ways that you can use to reduce your accent and speak more clearly is to get an ACCENT ASSESSMENT.

The analysis and feedback you receive will provide you with very SPECIFIC information about how YOU can learn to communicate more effectively in American English.

See the Details 

Accent Assessment

Accent Assessment

Follow this link to see how mu ACCENT ASSESSMENT can help you improve your American English communication skills.

I guarantee that the feedback and personal information I provide you with will be very valuable.

Or….to learn more about accent reduction techniques that WORK, choose a link below. There’s a lot you can learn just by reading the TIPS on my ConfidentVoice blog. Thanks for visiting!

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