Their grammar is usually quite professional. ☆
However…. when it comes to GRAMMAR, there is one big issue. ✔
They do not articulate word final consonant sounds strongly enough.
What I mean is…they don’t articulate word final sounds in a way that Americans can hear….. and this really contributes to their accents.
Here’s an example~
One word final sound that many Chinese & Vietnamese speakers fail to articulate is the past tense ed in words like:
Failing to pronounce the ed will definitely contribute to your accent! Furthermore, dropping this sound makes your grammar sound incorrect.☹
If you are working in a professional position, you DON’T want this to happen!
When I work with my accent reduction clients, I teach them the rules for the past tense ed (there are 3 slightly different sounds that we use) and MORE IMPORTANTLY, I help them practice these sounds in conversations to make them more automatic.
You can learn the rules for how to pronounce ed endings and much more with the book Mastering the American Accent with Audio CDs
To learn MORE TIPS for clear American English pronunciation, click on one of the links below. ⬇
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