How to improve your accent or pronunciation via self -training. These are the actual methods I have been using with my clients and on myself when I made changes to my speech.
Follow this method and you will achieve results that improve your overall speech clarity and confidence when speaking.
- Find a speech model to learn from. This can be myself, or anyone else you want to sound like. Anyone’s accent that you fancy. Choose ONE, not two or many but just ONE. The power of one drives focus and drives you to success faster.
- Become aware of speech sounds that you have difficulties with and pick ONE to focus on, for the week. Again, this is the power of focus of just ONE, not many but just one.
- Become aware of voiced and voiceless sounds. What do I mean? When you say a voiced consonant, place your hand on your throat and ensure it vibrates. Eg : g, b, d. When you say a voiceless sound , a puff of air leaves your lips as you say them, and less vibrations on your throat. Eg: p, t, k
- Become aware of vowels. English sounds different in England and Australia, mainly due to the difference in the way the vowels sound. Have you experimented with how your vowels sound when you say different words? Eg: Tomato, dance, data. These words, the consonants remain pretty much the same, but the vowels change. Focus on those that make the most difference and off you go!
- Pay attention to the cadence of English. Some people compare the cadence of English to that of jazz music. There is no pause between every single word. Eg: How are you? These words are usually connected when native English speakers say them. A telltale sign if English isn’t your first language is if you pause between every word. If you deliberately separate every word you speak, you will sound robotic. So the next time you hear someone speak English, pay attention to their intonation and melody!
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