Koreans Need Melody for an American Accent

Koreans need melody for an American accent

Every language has a different melody

Every language has a different melody

Speaking with an American accent is more than the correct pronunciation of vowel & consonant sounds.

To speak in a way that sounds clear, pleasant and natural to Americans, you need to use the right melody.

Korean English sounds rather flat or monotone to Americans.

It just doesn’t have a good melody. ♬

The stress patterns of American English

Korean English sounds flat and boring to Americans. It has less intonation.

No offense, that’s just the way it sounds to us.

The reason is this.

  • Spoken Korean doesn’t use syllable stress like we do in American English.
  • Spoken Korean doesn’t use pitch emphasis on focus words like we do in American English.

The lack of syllable stress and pitch emphasis makes Korean English sound monotonous. It doesn’t sound melodious or engaging.

What American listeners need

Americans learned to listen for melody and intonation when we were infants. For us, melody is a very important component of clear speech.

We need melody in order to easily understand what you’re saying.

  • American listeners expect to hear prominent syllables in words.
  • American listeners expect to hear pitch emphasis on important words.

When we hear stressed syllables and pitch emphasis, we can hear the melody. We need that!

When you speak without melody, we have to work extra hard to understand what you’re saying.

We tune out and we stop listening.

Speak effectively by learning the melody of American English

If you’re a Korean English speaker who wants communicate more clearly and effectively in American English, I can show you how to speak with a melody that Americans will connect with and understand.

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About the author

Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.

Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.