Every non native speaker needs to focus on intonation to speak clear and friendly American English.
How to repair breakdowns in communication One of the most effective techniques you can use to repair breakdowns in communication is this. Highlight the most important word in your message. When a conversation breaks down, identify the most important word in your message. We’ll call this the focus word. Say that word again using pitch emphasis […]
American English is weird When you think about it, American English is a weird language. That’s because: The spelling doesn’t match the pronunciation. The stress patterns aren’t marked. Many words are reduced and linked together. This means that American English correctly is tough if you didn’t grow up with it. How to speak more clearly The first […]
Speak clearly using pitch emphasis When people contact me about accent reduction coaching, they usually assume that they have problems articulating American English vowel sounds American English consonant sounds And that’s often true. However Most of you non native speakers of American English need something else, if you want to be easily understood. What you […]
The problem is speaking The people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program understand English. They were schooled in English. They read and write English really well. They tell me every week~ Susan, I understand English, in fact I read and write really well. The problem is speaking. People don’t understand me when I […]
Does your speech sound friendly & engaging? Some of the people I work in my accent reduction coaching program speak in a manner that’s really challenging for Americans to understand. And we take care of that. Other people already speak with clarity. But they want to speak in a manner that sounds engaging and charismatic to the American listener. […]
The Letter S in American English You may think that you know how to pronounce the letter S in American English. You may think that you always pronounce it clearly & correctly. But in my work as an accent reduction coach, I’ve found that most non native speakers don’t pronounce the letter S correctly. Here are 2 things […]
When I started teaching American English to adults back in 2004, my students were always asking me for more lessons on pronunciation and the American accent. They simply weren’t satisfied with the way they SPOKE American English. Gabriella’s Story A woman (who I’ll call Gabriella) came by my office one day after class was over. Gabriella was a legal […]