Actors & the American Accent

Actors & the American Accent

Matthew+RhysSometimes my accent reduction clients ask me how actors learn to speak with an American accent.

In order to answer that question, let’s listen to a professional actor.☝

Here’s what the actor Matthew Rhys says about mastering an American accent:

“you can nail the sound, but sometimes I think you can tell a British actor when he’s playing an American, because it’s the other things [that matter]. Rhythm and cadence and syntax [are important,] and emphasis is a massive thing. It’s those things you’re always tuning into and I’m always trying to nail.”

I want to bring your attention to three of the features of American English that Matthew mentioned.

1. Rhythm

2. Cadence

3. Emphasis

In order to sound like a native speaker, you need to master these three features of spoken English.

In my accent reduction coaching course, and here on my blog I call these features stress and intonation. ♬

Even if you say every vowel and consonant sound correctly…you won’t sound natural and native like unless you employ the proper stress and intonation when you speak.

Learn more

Keep reading the posts here on my ConfidentVoice blog to learn more about the American accent.

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