ACCENT TRAINING & PHONETICS

British , American , Australian and then Indian accent,however, something which is understood globally is known as a "Neutral Accent"

So let's try our best to work on this !! And remember "Practice Pays"

ACCENT is important not only for Clarity of Expression but also to ensure you leave a lasting impression. Your listeners will definitely admire the way you speak. If your choice of words, Pronunciation style and accent are reflective.


Not only You can be confident while giving interviews but also , you'll end up developing your personality.
Now , we'll head on in our path to succeed for our speech enhancement Step - by - step


1) Neutral Accent - Learning sounds for mouth exercises

2) Vowel sounds and exercises

3) Pronunciation of Sounds


Can a person Learn New ACCENT

Yes , Obviously ..... we can change the accent

The following are some of the difficulties to be overcome by the ESL speakers

1) Presence of harder sounds ( t,d,p )

2) In distinctive b, v, w sounds and not fully articulated T, R , O , L , I sounds

3) Difficulty in changing pitch (because Americans raise the pitch on the beat but Indians drop their pitch on the beat )

4) Regressive Vocalization of final consonants

5) Articulation of sounds in Indian Languages is frontal and through rounded lips

6) Faster speed - 220 words per minute

7) Weak word emphasis, Intonation and pronunciation on English words and phrases. This could be due to faster rate of speech and there being no stress in Languages here in INDIA

8) Long sentences and words used

9) Different of Syllable emphasis
Listening to English is also good for pronunciation. And one of the things we often worry about is how we sound in the foreign language, whether our accent is a good one or not. So I used to listen to the podcast and I would try to imitate the person who I thought sounded good to me. I didn’t know initially if this was a good accent or a bad accent but after time I got used to it, and I would typically choose the one I could understand the most. From that, I would play small sections of the podcast back to myself and I would try to copy the accent of the speaker. Sometimes, it was difficult and I would do this very often in private because it was quite embarrassing to sit and make funny sounds. Sometimes, I even used to look in the mirror, so that I could see my mouth moving.

All of these things helped me not only improve my listening skills but helped me with my pronunciation and my confidence in listening to the foreign language. And I soon got used to the idea that even if there was a particular word I didn’t understand or an expression I’d never heard before, I could more or less understand all the important things in the story. And because it was a topic that I had chosen, it was always interesting to me.


Fluency


The main goal is fluency. Remember that you don't have to know many complex grammatical structures to achieve that goal! First of all try to speak as fluent as possible (even making some grammar mistakes). Then, after making your speaking fluent, you can focus on grammar aspects.

English vocabulary learning

Many people think that knowing a lot of words is a key to fluent speaking. It's true! However, there are many people who have wide idiolect and problem with fluency. They try to learn more and more words because they think vocabulary is their problem. They don't realize the problem is somewhere else. They always try to use exact translation of the word they want to use, but it causes that they often get stuck.

Learn English by practice

Of course the best way of practice are English conversations with other people. You can find some people who want to talk to you online through SKYPE.(Download Skype 4.2)

So the most important thing you have to remember is:

The more you practice, the more fluent your English speaking is :)

Good luck!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Get Rid of your Accent (Introduction)

The English alphabet has 26- letters, 5 Vowels and 21 consonants. These are enough to write English.As there is a difference between writing and Pronunciation in English,we need another alphabet representing all the speech sounds. Such an alphabet is called the phonetic alphabet.In order to pronounce English we need 44 sounds called Phonemes or distinctive sound unites.The English alphabet contains 44 Symbols, representing the 44 characteristics sounds of English .

Speech sounds can be broadly classified into Vowels and consonants.Vowels of the phonetic alphabet are quite different from the Vowels of the English Alphabet.They are 22 in number. 12 of them are Pure Vowels and the remaining 8 are called diphthongs. Diphthongs are otherwise called vowels-glides.

There are 24 consonants sounds in English .they belong to various classes and the students who do not specialize in phonetics need not study them in detail.Vowels and consonants arranged in a particular way give us syllables,and syllables into phrases and sentences.
speech consists of sentences.

By learning the Phonetic symbols, one will be able to refer to the Dictionary and find out the correct Pronunciation of words . we can get the correct or standard Pronunciation of English words from the English Pronunciation Dictionary by Daniel Jones or from any edition of the OXFORD DICTIONARY ....

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Always Speak Slowly [it doesn't matter whether its American English or British English]

If you have an accent when you speak English, then slowing down your rate will give you more time to get your tongue and lips into the correct place to form sounds. When you pronounce sounds correctly, your accent will naturally decrease. This means that speaking more quickly will give you less time to think about how to form sounds and will result in a heavier accent. The goal is not to speak TOO slowly, but to speak slowly enough so that you can speak clearly and be easily understood.

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