American English Pronunciation Problems for Indians
Many of the people who I work with in accent reduction coaching program are originally from South Asia. They’re professionals working in IT, medicine and engineering.
They speak languages including Hindi, Telegu, Gujarati, Bengali & Tamil.
Spoken English Can Be Problematic
Even though most of my clients from India read and write English extremely well, the spoken English that they learned growing up in South Asia is not always fully comprehensible to American listeners.
That makes it challenging for them to share and explain their ideas. This makes it difficult for them to move up in the workplace.
When this happens, everyone in the workplace (and the community) loses out.
Three pronunciation challenges for Indians
Here are three American English pronunciation problems frequently made by speakers of South Asian languages.
1. Using a clear /w/ sound in words including: web, week & worry
2. Using the correct syllable stress in words including: develop, architect, programmer & infrastructure
3. Speaking with a pace that’s easy for Americans to understand
Learn to master these challenges
American English speakers will usually understand you if you can adapt your speech patterns. They’ll understand you if you use syllable stress and speak with the right pace.
Learning to use a clear /w/ sound is secondary to mastering pace & syllable stress.
American English Communication for Indians Course for your iPad
So that you can address the specific pronunciation challenges of South Asian English speakers, I’ve created a course on iTunes U.
The lessons in American English Communication for Indians, were developed from my years of experience coaching people from South Asia to speak clear American English.
This iTunes U course will teach you how to correct many common pronunciation problems!
About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.