English Accent Training
The idea, if it was ever pitched to you or dawned on you at any time, that once you undergo your English Accent training would mean changing who you are is completely false. The fact is that having a slight accent is normal especially among Americans, because the United States is historically a land of immigrants. Everyone has an accent! The training is available to help you control your native accent so people can understand what you are saying. You see, it’s not just about speaking; it’s about being heard and understood. Don’t you want people to hear and understand what you have to say?
There is a big difference between a hint of an accent and a heavy accent. Have you heard a Frenchman speak? Were you able to understand when he spoke fast and with emotion? Most people not fluent in French would go cross-eyed trying to figure out the message. It’s the same in any country around the world. So, if you happen to find yourself in an English-speaking country and your first language is not English, you will have an accent. The idea of training is to adjust the way you speak, not the way you think.
Tips On English Accent Training
If you’re worried you might lose your sense of identity, here are some tips on how to retain who you are but still be understood by the majority:
- Don’t adopt habits and gestures that are offensive in your culture. For example, waving your arms around while speaking is typical of young African Americans and while it looks cool, it may not be acceptable in your culture.
- Relax when speaking in English. It makes it easier for others to understand you although you should not slow down your speed too much.
- Enunciate when speaking. English has its own unique sounds and one of the best tricks to adopting the accent is by enunciating it properly and then practicing online bingo it often.
- Watch TV, listen to radio, but always keep in mind that you should ignore the parts that seem offensive to you because it will most likely be offensive if you do it to people from your country. For example, American children are taught to speak their minds but for most Asians, it’s the complete opposite. Find the middle ground so you don’t turn your back on your culture because it helps define who you are.
- Study intonation. It is advisable to sign up for a formal class or even review an online tutorial, because there are some tricks in speaking English properly that are hard to develop on your own.
Another idea you might want to try is recording yourself as you speak. Aside from studying any changes in your accent, look at how you enunciate as well. If you can keep a record of your recordings, you will see your improvement during your training. Remember, you may need to consult an expert, so you know what differences to listen for and how to make the accent changes. It will motivate you and give you more confidence. As you develop the American accent, don’t worry about losing your accent when speaking your first language. English Accent training will not affect your speech pattern for any other languages.
Want to learn more about English accent training?
Get started with Accent Pros free accent reduction screening! The screening will rate your accent severity using a 7 point scale: 1 being the most heavy and 7 being very mild. If you”re inclined to take it a step further, check out our programs we have to offer. Accent Pros has an office starter program and an online starter program. Both programs have had all clients get a 50% of more accent reduction after 12 sessions-check it out!