Will using idioms make me sound more American?
Many of my accent reduction coaching clients ask me to help them incorporate American idioms into their daily conversations.
They know that using idioms will enable them to speak more efficiently.
By using idiomatic phrases, they’ll be able to use fewer words to get their point across.
Saying idioms correctly
But, in my opinion, idioms are only effective if you say them correctly.
That’s because saying idioms incorrectly, by using the wrong word stress or using the wrong prepositions, will make your speech sound even less standard.
Idioms are said with predictable stress patterns
When you choose to use an idiom, be sure to say it with the exact word stress and preposition that native speakers use.
Idioms and their stories
The podcasts below from the Voice of America (VOA) feature popular American idioms and the stories behind them.
The five minute audio stories describe the use and origin of idioms we use all the time in American English.
The narrator speaks very slowly….much slower than typical American speech. You’ll need to say them faster once you learn what they mean.
I can show you how
If you’re a non native English speaker, an international professional, who’d like to integrate American idioms into your daily conversations, check out my training programs by following the link below.
My programs will teach you how speak using the stress patterns of American English!
About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.