The problem is speaking
The people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program understand English. They were schooled in English.
They read and write English really well.
They tell me every week~
Susan, I understand English, in fact I read and write really well. The problem is speaking. People don’t understand me when I speak. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.
This happens to lots of people
If you learned English outside the US or Canada you may not speak English in a way that North Americans can understand.
Even if you read and write English at a Masters or PhD level, you may have found that people don’t understand everything you say.
This is normal
It’s extremely rare that anyone who learned English outside the US or Canada speaks perfect American English.
It’s extremely rare that anyone who learned English outside the US or Canada speaks using the syllable stress and melody of American English.
In most cases, those of you who learned English in China, India, Russia, Europe or Latin America were never taught to use.
- American English syllable stress patterns
- American English intonation patterns
- American English reduced speech
Instead, you probably learned English from a textbook.
Your teacher was probably not a native speaker.
Maybe you never really spoke English at all in your English classes! Many of my accent reduction coaching clients have told me that.
Spoken & written English are really different
One of the BIG reasons that people speak English in a way that’s difficult for Americans to understand is that written English and spoken English are very different.
American English doesn’t sound like it’s spelled.
You can’t see key features of spoken English such as
….in the written language. Even though they are critical for clear spoken English.
I help people speak American English
In my American accent training programs, I teach you to speak English so that Americans to understand you.
I teach you how to speak like we natives do.
I’m not saying that you’ll lose your accent.
You probably won’t. And that’s not necessary.
However, you CAN learn to speak in a way that sounds clear and engaging to Americans.
American Accent training programs
If you’re serious about speaking clear, engaging and professional American English, check out my training programs.
My training programs will teach you how speak American English in a way that your colleagues will respect and understand!
About the author
Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.