Speak in phrases for smoother speech
Many of the people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program learned English by reading.
Because of that, they learned to speak English word by word.
Americans don’t speak word by word
Americans don’t speak word by word though. That sounds funny to us.
We speak in phrases.
Speak more fluently
One of my Chinese speaking clients told me that once he learned how to speak in phrases, he was able to speak more fluently.
He was also able to understand North Americans more easily.
In my coaching program, I teach my clients how to speak using phrases early on in their lessons. This allows them to speak more smoothly right away.
I almost always teach phrasing along with intonation.
Everyday greetings and requests are easily learned this way, making you sound friendly and natural.
- hoWAReyou? ⤵
- I’m FINE,⤼
Linguists call these chunks of speech
Linguists who study the way children learn languages, call these phrases, “chunks of speech”. You can read more about that in the NYT article below.
Sound smoother & more natural
No matter what you call it, chunks or phrasing, speaking this way makes your speech sound smoother and more natural!
I teach you to speak using phrases in all my American accent training programs. Follow the link to see how my programs will help you speak more smoothly.
About the author
Susan Ryan is an accent reduction coach. Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.