The Quickest Way to Improve Your American English Pronunciation
You’re working on improving your American English pronunciation. And you want to seed noticeable results as quickly as possible.
What’s the most effective way to do that?
It won’t happen overnight
First of all…..you can’t change your pronunciation overnight. The way you speak is a life long habit.
And habits take time to change, right?
Learn the melodic features
However, many pronunciation experts say that learning to use the melodic features of American English such as syllable stress and intonation is the best way to improve.
That’s because when you use syllable stress and intonation correctly you create the speech rhythms that Americans use to identify words and phrases.
Americans listen for stress and intonation
In spoken English one syllable in each word always receives strong stress. The other syllables are lightly stressed or reduced. The vowels in stressed syllables take on a special quality in spoken English. These vowels are lengthened → and pronounced with a slightly higher pitch.☝
Americans listen for the stressed syllables. That’s how they identify words. If you want your pronunciation to be easy to understand, you need to stress your syllables correctly.
Syllable stress rules
Here are 2 syllable stress rules that I teach my accent reduction coaching clients~
- 90% of two syllable English nouns are stressed on the first syllable
- 60% of two syllable English verbs are stressed on the second syllable.
Using syllable stress correctly makes words sound clear and comprehensible to American listeners. That’s why it’s one of the quickest ways to improve your American English pronunciation.
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