American Accent Problems for French Speakers

If you are a French speaker, here are three features that may be contributing to your accent when you speak American English:

You may not be articulating a clear difference between the front vowel sounds /ey/ as in Gray and /e/ as in Red.✔

Your may be using different syllable stress patterns that we do in North America. Examples include the words dis→count, percent→ and pur→chase.

You probably need to use more falling intonation at the end of statements and information questions. Intonation may be subtle but using it correctly makes a big difference in the ears of the American listener.⤵

I personally love the French accent. ♡ However if you are doing business with North Americans these types of differences may be contributing to breakdowns in communication.

I teach you how to pronounce the American English vowel sounds and use syllable stress and  intonation in my iBook, American Accent Fundamentals.

This book is available in France in the iBookStore.

Just click the little button below to visit the iBookStore and download the first chapter for FREE!  This is an iPad multi-touch book.

You will need an iPad to use the book.

American Accent Fundamentals - Susan M. Ryan

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