How to blend sounds for smooth American speech
Here’s an accent reduction TIP for those of you who want your American speech to sound smooth.
Blending consonant sounds
When you’re speaking American English, there are many consonants that don’t always sound sharp and distinct.
Instead, they’re blended together to make new sound.
When these words that end with an /s/ or /z/ or /t/ are followed by the word your, the blended sound is /tch/ or /zh/.
- that your = thatcher
- what’s your= whatcher
- how’s your =howzher
- put your=putcher
Linguists call these blended sounds, “palatalized” because your tongue moves over the hard palate on the roof of your mouth when you say them.
Why is blending important for a good American accent?
If you’re only interested in pronunciation, don’t worry about blending.
People will understand you if you pronounce every sound distinctly.
Smooth American speech vs choppy American speech
But if you want your American English to sound smooth and natural, I strongly suggest you learn to using blending techniques.
speakers don’t usually use blending techniques. Not doing this will make your speech sounds CHOPPY to the American listener.
Your lack of melody makes it tiring for Americans to listen to you.
You may even come across as unfriendly!
American accent coaching
In my accent reduction coaching programs, I teach you how to blend sounds for smooth American speech.
I teach you how to speak in a way that sounds smooth, clear and professional.
If smooth communication is important for you in your career, take a look at what I have to offer.