American Accent for Mandarin Speakers

American Accent for Mandarin Speakers

I used these lessons to create a nice little online course that Mandarin speakers can use to get started on their American accent training. The course is called American Accent for Mandarin Speakers 101.

Where does schwa occur?

The Schwa Vowel Sound

Using the reduced schwa vowel sound before or after (sometimes before AND after) the stressed vowel sound creates CONtrast. Americans depend on hearing the CONtrast between stressed and unstressed vowel sounds. That’s one way that we identify words.

Reindeer or rain, dear?

Reindeer or rain dear?

A fundamental rule for speaking clear American English is to use the correct syllable stress.

Compound nouns, such as REINdeer, need to be stressed on the first syllable.

How to pronounce launch

How to pronounce launch

When coaching people on how to improve their American accent I frequently hear people say LUNCH when they intend to say LAUNCH. Here’s how to pronounce lunch and launch distinctly.