American English pronunciation IPA
People often ask me if they need to understand the IPA (international phonetic alphabet) in order to improve their American English pronunciation.
I do think it helps, if you understand some of these symbols.
Learn the IPA symbols you need
Very few of my accent reduction coaching clients are familiar with the IPA when they begin their lessons.
Depending on their pronunciation errors, I teach them the symbols they can use to make progress.
I teach all of my clients the IPA symbol for the schwa vowel sound /ə/.
I teach all of my clients the IPA symbols and Color Words for the 15 American vowel sounds.
- I teach my Indian English speaking clients the symbols /ʤ/ & /ʒ/.
- I teach my Chinese speaking clients the symbols for /ŋ/ & /n/.
- I teach my Spanish speaking clients the symbols for /s/ & /z/.
- I teach my Russian speaking clients the symbols for /ʌ/ & /ʊ/.
People always understand!
Learning these symbols is not that difficult.
My clients always understand the symbols (and the sounds) when we apply them to their specific pronunciation problems.
My American accent training programs
And if you’re serious about making noticeable changes to the way you speak American English, take a look at my training programs.
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