Speak American English more clearly and confidently in only a few weeks regardless of your native language. Your path to better pronunciation starts here.
Today is the Chinese Lunar New, so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss the Top 3 most important Accent Reduction ProTips for native Chinese speakers of North American English.
There are more international students from China than any other country. Last year 275,000 Chinese students studied at U.S. Universities, up 17% from 2013. […]
When you speak English as a second language, your level of pronunciation is the first thing that native speakers notice. Your ability to follow the rules of grammar and use an expanded vocabulary do not matter if you are unable to fluently pronounce them clearly and correctly.
There are three levels of English pronunciation:
Level 1: […]
Today’s Accent Reduction ProTip addresses how to pronounce compound proper nouns. The English language has its own rhythm of intonation which is different from many languages where each syllable in a word is pronounced with the same level of emphasis. If you want to achieve your goal of speaking English as a second language, […]
The connection between English spelling and pronunciation in frustratingly disjointed, irregular and unpredictable. Everyday as I work with individuals on their pronunciation skills, regardless of their native language, I am asked to help them make sense of why this is and how they can overcome this barrier to better achieve their goal of fluent […]
A common issue I help my clients with regardless of their native language, is how to pronounce words that are spelled the same but have multiple meanings. The English language is full of these tricky words, called heteronyms, that have different stress patterns for different language usage, especially between nouns and verbs.
Here are three […]
Personalized pronunciation training from a certified accent modification professional is the most effective and fastest way to reduce your accent and improve your fluency of standard North American English. Research from universities around the world continue to show that regardless of your native language, by focusing on pronunciation you can dramatically improve the overall […]
No matter how knowledgeable or experienced you are, a heavy accent will undermine your credibility. According to research from the University of Chicago, (S. Lev-Ari and B. Keysar. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 2010) the harder a listener has to work to understand a non-native English speaker, the less truthful they perceive the speaker’s […]
Speaking standard American English is full of compound nouns. Learning how to correctly identify and stress the appropriate syllable will help you sound more fluent, and the meaning of the word you are pronouncing will be more clearly understood. A compound noun is a noun that has at least two words but considered a […]
All of my clients learned English as adults. Unfortunately, your childhood is when your ability to process a new language and speak new sounds occurs most easily. Your peak language learning years are probably long past, however, together with my expertise, you can develop new pronunciation skills to help reduce your accent and improve […]
Let’s use a sports analogy to help describe speech coaching. If you’ve ever played golf, then the first time you swung a club it certainly felt awkward, but after a few rounds swinging a club starts to feel more comfortable, natural, and even fun. Once you have a general sense of how to tee […]