Why can’t Americans understand my accent?
Do you ever wonder WHY Americans have difficulty understanding you when you speak?
Many professionals working in the US, or working with American multinationals outside the US, understand that their accent is creating communication problems.
But they’re not sure EXACTLY what the problem areas are.
Here are 2 reasons why Americans don’t always understand you.
1. Speaking pace
In my experience as an accent reduction coach, one of the most common reasons Americans don’t understand accented English has to do with PACE.
Many non native speakers speak English way too quickly for the American ear.
If your native language is spoken quickly, you’ll speak English quickly too.
And this one of the main reasons we don’t understand you.
2. Spoken English & stress
Spoken American English is all about the STRESS.
- When Americans speak, we stress important syllables. ☝
- When Americans speak, we stress important words. ☝
Using the correct stress patterns when you speak creates a pace or a melody that native speakers like to hear.
The importance of using the correct stress
When you stress syllables and words correctly….the pace of your speech will slow down.
Your words will sound much clearer.
This will allow the American listener to
- easily understand you
- build trust with you
- like & connect with you
And all that is very good for you and for your listeners!
Accent reduction training programs
If you’re a non native English speaker wants to speak clear, professional American English, take a free trial lesson by following the link below.
My training programs will teach you how speak American English in a way that your colleagues will respect and understand!
Make this small investment in your communication skills.
You can make changes to the way you speak English. And when you do that, your life will change for the better.
I guarantee it!
About the author
Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.