Did you know there are 3 easy things you can do, right now, to improve your English pronunciation?
I have great admiration for people, like you, who speak English as a second language. Why? Because of the hard work and practice that was necessary in order to acquire English proficiency. That’s why I’m dedicated to helping you go further by improving your pronunciation skills.
Reducing your accent will not happen overnight. It takes determination to practice on a daily basis in addition to regular contact with a qualified accent trainer who can provide you with the necessary feedback to make sure you are practicing correctly. But there are a few things you can start doing, the very next time you have a conversation in English, that will help your listener to understand you better.
1. Open your mouth wider.
It doesn’t matter how accurate the placement of your articulators (lips, teeth, tongue, jaw) are when making the sounds of English. If your mouth is barely open the sounds can’t come out!! Open up! Practice saying the days of the week, months of the year, and other easy to remember things in front of a mirror. It may feel and look strange but that’s only because you’re not used to doing it.
2. Pause more frequently when you are speaking.
Inserting a slight “break” after every few words slows your rate of speech, gives you time to concentrate on making the sounds as clearly as you can, and makes it easier for your listener to understand you even if all of your sounds in English aren’t perfect! Try saying the following sentences pausing where you see the vertical lines:
The store manager | made plans to interview | all qualified candidates | over a two week period.
Summer vacations | are fun to plan | and often involve | trips | to seaside villages.
Try reading aloud articles from the paper or paragraphs from a book and practice pausing.
3. Say each word completely.
Concentrate on saying all of the sounds in the words you are speaking for 30 to 60 seconds at the start of different conversations throughout the day. Be especially careful to include those sounds that occur at the ends of words. Don’t worry about doing it longer than 60 seconds at a time. Your mind will naturally start to wander from the exercise as the conversation continues.
I am confident that if you do these three things you will notice an immediate improvement in your communicative effectiveness while speaking English. You will still need professional assistance if you desire a significant and permanent reduction in your accent. Nothing takes the place of having your speech analyzed by an accent reduction specialist who can customize a specific program of exercises to meet your needs. In my program at EnglishWithoutAccent.com I always encourage my clients to incorporate these tips into their daily practice and real world speaking situations. So you already have a head start!
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