Can I improve my Indian accent?
First of all, there’s nothing wrong with speaking with an accent.
In fact I love this quote that US based aerospace engineer S.K. Gupta says at the start of his talks~
“‘If some of you detect an accent, please remember that I didn’t have one until I came to this country.’”
Mr. Gupta is right.
We all speak with a foreign accent when we move to a new place.
Different kinds of English
If you’re from India, you probably speak English really well.
However, since you learned English outside the US, you speak with an accent that sounds unfamiliar to Americans.
Because of your Indian accent, Americans don’t always understand you
How Americans hear you
Here are four things that create breakdowns in communication when Americans hear an Indian accent.
- Indian English is too fast and difficult to follow.
- Indians mispronounce words including: development, colleagues & alternatives.
- Indians use the wrong sound for the letters A & O.
- Indians don’t fully articulate the consonant sounds W & TH
Fast speech and mispronunciation due to syllable stress errors are the most challenging features of the Indian accent for American listeners to deal with.
Why should you change the way you speak?
You don’t have to change the way you speak. If you’re reading this, I know that you’re already more successful than most people. However,
- If your Indian accent is keeping you from expressing your ideas clearly.
- If your Indian accent is keeping you from connecting with others.
- If your Indian accent is keeping you from moving forward in your career.
Then you may want to make some changes to the way you speak American English.
Follow the link below to read my newest post titled
You’ll learn the top reasons Americans don’t understand you when you speak in more detail.
You’ll get a framework for what you should learn first.
You’ll get to take a free trial lesson and start to improving the way you speak right away.
About the author
Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.
She coaches native speakers of Telegu, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali and Tamil to communicate clearly in American English.