The problem is speaking
The people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program understand English. As they tell me every week~
Susan, I understand English, in fact I understand it really well. The problem is speaking. People don’t always understand me when I speak.
This happens to lots of people
If you first learned to speak 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 with 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 never had the opportunity to learn
- American English syllable stress patterns
- American English intonation patterns
- American English reduced speech
……from a native speaker.
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 American English in a way that’s difficult for Americans to understand is that written English and spoken English are very different.
English doesn’t sound like it’s spelled.
You can’t SEE key features of spoken English such as
- syllable stress
- the schwa sound
- the tapped T sound
….in the written language. Even though they are critical for clear SPOKEN English.
How I help people to speak American English
In my American accent coaching programs, I teach you to SPEAK English in a way that will allow 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.
Take a look at my American Accent Coaching Programs
If you’re serious about speaking clear, engaging and professional American English, check out my coaching programs. Making changes to the way you speak is an investment in time and an investment in money.
But if spoken English is critical to your career success, it’s absolutely an investment worth making.