I have a problem with my R sound
During my initial conversations with my accent reduction coaching clients, many of them tell me
Susan, I have a problem with my R sound. If I can just fix my R sound, my American accent will be a lot better.
And that’s true!
Many of my clients need to work on the articulation of their /r/ sound.
The R is not your biggest problem!
Even if your R is not completely standard, for most of you, it’s not the biggest contributor to your foreign accent.
Of course you want to say the R sound as clearly as possible…but it’s probably a secondary issue.
American English stress & intonation is key
In order to speak American English in a way that others can understand, you should first master American stress and intonation patterns.
Why stress & intonation?
Research shows that people who learned to use the melodic features of American English, such as stress and intonation, improved their speech faster that people who focused on learning vowel & consonant sounds.
Focusing on individual sounds, like the sound of R will help you. But you won’t make noticeable changes very quickly.
Work on your vowel & consonant sounds
In order to speak clear American English you should by all means learn to use the correct vowel & consonant sounds.
But remember that using the correct syllable stress & intonation will make your American speech sound comprehensible and familiar to native listeners.