Does your English sound friendly to Americans?
One big topic that I work on with many of my accent reduction coaching clients is how to sound friendly when you speak.
Many non native speakers are surprised when they realize that their speech sounds stiff and abrupt. However, there are specific techniques you can use to change this.
Blend & reduce the less important words
One technique that you can use to sound more friendly is to blend ‘n reduce little words.
Listen to these sentences. I’ll say them without blending & reducing. Then I’ll say them with blending & reducing.
1. I have a lot of time this week.
2. That will be all.
I probably don’t have to tell you which sentences sounded more friendly! I’m sure felt it right away.
This type of speech is completely natural. In most cases, using blending and reductions makes your speech soundsBETTER than saying each word carefully and precisely.
Sound friendly & engaging
Once my clients learn to use blending & reducing their speech sounds more friendly and engaging.
That’s because reducing & blending words together creates a spoken melody that American listeners like to hear! ♬
Speak clearly, speak professionally
If your goal is to speak American English clearly and professionally, you should consider accent reduction coaching. One on one lessons with a coach (like myself) is absolutely the best way to improve the way you speak.
About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.