Respelling helps pronunciation
When I work with my accent reduction coaching clients on their American English pronunciation, one strategy that I use is respelling.
Why respelling works
One reason American English is difficult to pronounce is because there’s not a clear correspondence between spelling and pronunciation.
When one of my clients is struggling to pronounce a word correctly, I often respell the word the way it’s pronounced.
Here are two examples of words that I usually respell for my clients.
I spell it like this vee→ᵞəkəl
I spell it like this dəveləpme→nnəl
These respellings always help my clients pronounce these words clearly & correctly.
Stress & schwa symbols
Since clear spoken English requires an understanding of syllable stress, I use symbols to help people use that.
- I use this symbol → to indicate the vowel sound that should be stressed.
- I use the schwa symbol /ə/ to indicate which vowel sounds should be reduced.
Learn the correct pronunciation of any word
I believe that you can learn to pronounce any word with more clarity if you understand the patterns for stress & schwa.
Respelling helps you SEE and UNDERSTAND these patterns.
When able to SEE these patterns using respelling, they are able to pronounce words correctly.
I can show you how
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About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.