For a natural American sound you’ve godda blend ‘n reduce
Most of the people I’ve worked with on their American accent tell me~
Susan, I want to sound more natural when I speak American English. I speak English. But I don’t sound natural when I speak.
This is very often true.
Take Ying for example. When Ying learned to speak English in China, this is what happened.
- Her English teacher told her to pronounce every letter clearly and distinctly.
- Her English teacher told her to pronounce every word clearly and distinctly.
So when Ying came to the US to attend graduate school, her speech sounded very foreign to Americans.
Her speech sounded foreign because she over articulated.
Blend ‘n reduce
American English speakers don’t articulate every word. We don’t articulate every letter.
Instead, native speakers blend ‘n reduce little words. We do this by:
- using the reduced schwa vowel sound
- using contractions such as won’t & can’t
- linking & blending words together
Ying didn’t do this
Ying didn’t use the reduced schwa vowel sound. She didn’t use contractions when she spoke. She definitely didn’t link words together.
That’s why her speech sounded too formal.
She often came across as unfriendly and monotonous to her American coworkers.
Ying and I worked together to make her speech sound more natural.
Instead of saying, I have a lot of time this week, with emphasis on every letter and word.
She learned to say~
Instead of saying, That will be all for today, with emphasis on every letter and word.
She learned to say~
This is completely natural!
Speaking this way sounds natural to Americans.
Speaking this way sounds better to us. Much better!
When Ying began to use blending & reducing, her speech sounded more natural and more friendly to her coworkers.
She could feel the difference.
A melody that Americans like to hear ♬
Blending & reducing words and sounds creates a spoken melody that American listeners like to hear!
It makes you sound more natural, more friendly and more engaging.
It enables you to better connect and build relationships with Americans.
I can show you how
If you’re a non native English speaker wants to speak clear and natural sounding American English, take a look at my American accent training courses.
My training programs will teach you how speak American English in a way that your colleagues will like and understand! Free trial lessons are available.
About the author
Susan Ryan is an accent reduction coach. Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.