Why is my accent hard for Americans to understand?
Do you know why your accent is hard for Americans to understand?
What I mean is, do you know exactly what you are saying or not saying correctly?
One very common problem
One on the most common reasons Americans don’t understand you is probably the is the way you stress in words and sentences.
What is stress?
Let me explain what I mean by stress…..
American speakers alternate between using stressed & unstressed words in phrases and sentences. They don’t pronounce every word with the same emphasis.
If you emphasize every word equally, Americans will have a hard time understanding you.
Here’s an example
In the following short greeting, listen to how I stress the most important words.
Hi SUSAN, how ARE you TODAY? ⤵
The pattern sounds like this~laLAla laLAlalala
Using stress correctly is a key skill
Learning to use stress correctly when you speak American English is a key skill that you must apply if you want to make your accent easier to understand!
The American accent is not just about articulation of sounds
Many people believe that if they articulate every vowel & consonant sound clearly and correctly, they’ll have a perfect American accent.
This is not how it works!!!
Articulation is important…..but… even if you say every vowel and consonant sound correctly, your speech will be hard for Americans to understand if you use the incorrect STRESS patterns.
Accent reduction coaching
When you work with me in my accent reduction coaching programs, I teach you how to use stress correctly so that Americans will understand you.
That’s because this feature of American English is CRITICAL for comprehensibility!
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