3 Ways to Practice Your American Accent
In my accent reduction coaching programs I get to work with people from all over the world who need to improve their American accent in order to achieve greater career success.☝
Here are 3 ways that I tell my clients they can use to practice improving their American accent skills.
1. Get an American Accent audio course/book
American accent courses & books are very affordable. They’re also practical because you can play the audio files over & over for repeated practice.
I recommend these BOOKS.
2. Watch a TED Talks video
TED Talks has hundreds of excellent videos online. The videos last from 4 minutes to 20 minutes. Plus, every video has a transcript that you can use to follow along as you listen to the speakers.
I use TED Talks videos with my accent reduction coaching clients and they find these helpful and inspirational.
See TED Talks.
3. Listen to NPR
Most people on National Public Radio speak with a standard American accent that everyone in the United States understands. Focused listening to NPR is an excellent way to concentrate on the sounds and patterns of spoken American English.
When my accent reduction coaching clients listen to NPR in their cars, they always tell me that they can really hear the sounds and patterns that they are working on in their sessions. ✰
Listening & perceiving new sounds and patterns is a KEY SKILL for developing a new accent!
Do something every day!
My advice is this: whether it’s listening to audio courses, watching TED Talks or listening to NPR…..do SOMETHING every day. Learning to speak clearly …..with a more American accent… takes time and effort. It’s something that you won’t accomplish right away.
However…. every small step you take will increase your understanding of American English rules and patterns to bring you closer to your goal.