I want my American accent to be perfect
When I meet my clients for the first time, many of them tell me….
Susan, I want my American accent to be perfect.
I never promise anyone that they’ll achieve that.
You can be a great speaker without being perfect
The truth is that you can be a great speaker of American English. And being a great speaker doesn’t mean you have to say every sound perfectly.
If you speak clearly, with a nice pace and friendly intonation, Americans will love you!
Why it’s so hard to speak perfectly
One big reason why it’s hard for non native speakers to speak English perfectly is because American English spelling doesn’t always indicate how to pronounce a word.
Two examples of this can be found in the frequently mispronounced words
In these two words, the letter combination /t/ + /i/ sounds like /ʤ/.
The second g in the word suggestions also has a /ʤ/ sound.
That means you should say….
- sugʤesʤənz (with 2 /ʤ/ sounds)
- quesʤənz (with 1 /ʤ/ sound)
…..if you want to say these words in perfectly correct American English!
Accent reduction coaching
Most of the people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program want to speak as clearly and correctly as possible.
If you’re one of these people, you should consider some personal accent training.
Coaching won’t make you sound perfect…although some of my clients are pretty close…but you WILL make noticeable changes to the way you speak.