This is my fourth & final post in my series titled
Why do I have an accent when I speak American English?
Today I’m going to talk about how sound substitution contributes to your accent.
When speaking English, non native speakers often substitute a sound they are familiar with from their own language for an English sound.
For example, Indian, Turkish, Russian & German speakers often substitute a sound like /v/ for the American /w/ sound.
- This makes the word wine sound like vine.
- This makes the word west sound like vest.
Americans always make a nice round /w/ sound.
You should do this too, if you want your speech to sound more American.
Speakers of many languages including Spanish, Mandarin & Russian use an /iy/ as in Green sound for the letter i.
- This makes the word chip sounds like cheap.
- This makes the word list sounds like least.
In American English the letter i doesn’t have an /iy/ as in Green sound.
If you do this, it will contribute to your accent.
I can show you how
To find a more complete lesson on why you speak American English with an accent follow the link below.
You’ll find a detailed lesson that you can download for free at my training programs website.
About the author
Susan Ryan is a communication and accent reduction coach. Contact her with your questions about speaking clear and engaging American English.