What’s a heavy Indian accent?
Many of my accent reduction clients come to me because their boss, manager or coworkers told them that they speak with a “heavy Indian accent”.
What does this mean?
What contributes to a “heavy Indian accent”?
Here are four features that contribute to a “heavy Indian accent” (in the ears of the North American listener).
- Speech that sounds too fast
- Irregular syllable stress patterns in words including: development, motivate & industry
- Heavy D & T sounds
- Lack of differentiation between the V & W sounds in words including vest & west or vine & wine
Difficult for Americans to understand
The above features create speech that can be very difficult for people born in North Americans to understand.
If you work in the US, this “heavy accent” can mask your true abilities, your potential and your career options.
You may be the smartest professional in the room, but if your colleagues struggle to understand you, you won’t get the credit you deserve.
What can you do?
If you’ve been told that you have a heavy Indian accent, there are steps you can take to change this.
Get yourself an accent reduction book or an audio course.
My iTUNES U course, American English Communication for Indians is an excellent mobile course for South Asians who want to improve the way they speak
This won’t cost much, and you’ll learn techniques that will help you speak English in a way that North Americans understand.
You don’t need to lose your accent!
You don’t need to lose your accent in order to speak in a way that Americans like and understand. But you may need to modify your speech.
My American English Communication for Indians will help you do that.
About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.
Change won’t happen overnight. But taking the first step will bring you closer to your goal.