Sometimes pronunciation mistakes can create grammatical errors.✔
This is true when non native speakers fail to fully articulate the last sound in a word.
This often happens to my accent reduction coaching clients with Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese & Spanish language backgrounds.
People from these languages (even people with advanced degrees) have a strong tendency to drop the sound of the letter S at the end of words.
☆Dropping word final S both contributes to your accent and creates grammatical errors that will confuse American listeners.☆
Keep in mind that word final S has 3 sounds in spoken American English.
- In the word boys the S has a voiced /z/ sound.
- In the word washes the S has a voiced /ez/ sound.
- In the word stops the S has a voiceless /s/ sound.
Articulating word final sounds such as the S is critical for people who want to sound accurate and professional when they are speaking.☝
In my accent reduction coaching sessions I teach my clients to say these sounds correctly. Find out the benefits of personal accent reduction coaching by visiting my Skype accent reduction coaching website.
If you are a Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese or Spanish speaker who uses American English in your workplace, you want to be sure you are speaking in a professional way. I can help you achieve that!