One of the key strategies that I teach my accent reduction coaching clients is how to slow down and speak with a good pace.
If you’re an English speaker from China, India, Brazil or other Latin American countries, you probably have a tendency to speak English too quickly for the American listener.
Your fast speech is probably contributing to breakdowns in communication!
Here are 2 strategies for speaking American English with a better pace:
1. Emphasize important words & then pause
✔ Good English speakers emphasize the key words in each sentence or phrase by using a slightly higher pitch on these words.
✔ They pause slightly after each important words.
Learning how English speakers use stress & pauses will allow YOU to speak with a pace that’s easy for Americans to understand. ☆
2. Learn to use syllable stress
In spoken English words some syllables are stressed more than others.
The vowels in stressed syllables are articulated with a long clear pronunciation ➙ not in a short choppy way.
Short choppy syllables contribute to fast speech. That’s why learning to stress syllables will help you slow down & speak with a better pace.
Emphasis + Pauses + Syllable Stress = Good Pace
Speaking at a good pace is a fundamental speaking skill that everyone, (including many native speakers) need to learn if they want to communicate in a clear and engaging manner.
If you’d like a copy of my PDF Guide: How to Speak with the Right Pace, send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll send you a copy of this 6 page report.
To start learning right away, get a copy of my iBook, American Accent Fundamentals.
Take action. You CAN make changes to the way you speak. You’ll be glad you did!