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!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lesson 9: The [ /ɒ / ]sound as in "box"


Short vowel [ /ɒ / ]




Speech organs Position

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The lips are coming forward a little, but not tight; the jaw is reasonably relaxed and quite open,
and the back of the tongue is slightly rising in the mouth. The sound pronounced in the back of the mouth.


Words

Look at the mouth diagram to help you position your lips, tongue and jaw for the target sound

Highlighted bold letters pronounced as [ /ɒ / ]


o - fond, lock, stop, gone, odd, lost, sorry,wrong, often, clock, knock, obvious, promise, doctor

a - want, was, wander, wallet, wallow, wash, watch, warrior, waffle, squat, quantity



sentences

Read each sentences aloud slowly at first, then as if you were telling it to someone in a natural way.



1. A lot of odd documents in strong boxes are locked in the office.

2. Can I wash my cotton socks in the long pond?

3. The doctor promised to watch Tommy's cough and after four days the cough had stopped.

4. Sorry, I've forgotten my wallet in the shop.

5. The conversation in the office was moderated when the boss, Mr Oxford, came in.

6. Roger and Robin often spend their holidays in Scotland in October.


verses


All I want is a proper cup of coffee,

Made in a proper copper coffee pot.

Tin or iron coffee pots,

They're no use to me

If I can't have a

proper cup of coffee

In a proper copper coffee pot

I'll have a cup of tea.


..............


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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lesson 8: The [ / ʌ / ]sound as in "duck"


Short vowel
/ ʌ /




Speech organs Position

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The jaw is quite wide open, almost as far open as in [ /ɑː/ ] (Lesson 1),
but not quite. The middle of the tongue rise in the center of the mouth, just a little, relaxed.
Lips are relaxed.


Words

Look at the mouth diagram to help you position your lips, tongue and jaw for the target sound

Highlighted bold letters pronounced as [ / ʌ / ]

u - must, luck,dump, just, upper, nun, bus, lunch

o - come, worry, front, love, done, once, cover

ou - rough, tough, country, couple, double, trouble


sentences

Read each sentences aloud slowly at first, then as if you were telling it to someone in a natural way.


1. For someone with a love of money , the sum of one hundred pounds was enticing.

2. Bud, love! Don't worry; victory is in front of you!

3. I can't understand the fun of traveling by bus on such rough country roads.

4. There are a number of nuns among us.

5. Here I am, in front of a tub with a rub and a scrub!

6. When you come to lunch in London on Sunday , remember to bring some money.



Word Comparisons: [ /ɑː/ ] and [ / ʌ / ] sounds


Look at the mouth diagram to help you position your lips, tongue and jaw for the target sound

[ /ɑː/ ] ---------------------- [ / ʌ / ]

father -------------------------- front

dark ---------------------------- duck

bath ---------------------------- bud

pardon ------------------------- punch

startle -------------------------- stuck

rather -------------------------- rough

target --------------------------- tough


verses

Your captain was the other!!!

They left their foster-mother,

The one was Ralph, our brother,

Our captain was the other,

A many years ago.



A many years ago two

tender babes i nursed !

one was of low condition,

The other upper crust,

A regular patrician.

oh, bitters is my cup!

However could i do it ?

I mixed those children up....

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Comparison [ /ə / ] - [ / i / ] and [ / i / ] - [ / i: / ]

Letter: 'e' is in the article 'the' is Pronounced as [ / i / ] and [ /ə / ]


Letter: 'e' is Pronounced as [ / i / ] in 'pit' [----------------- ] Letter 'e' is pronounced as a
(Lesson 7) when the next word begins [ -------------------- ] schwa [ /ə / ] in 'banana'
with a Vowel [ -------------- ] (Lesson 6) when the next word
---] begins with a Consonant


the instrument ---- - ---------------------------- the skill
the only-------------------------------------------the pill
the Upper House -------------------------------- the ship
the odd ----------------------------------------- the pitch
the enquiry ---------------------------------- the kitchen
the oak ----------------------------------------- the coffin
the elision ----------------------------------- the gymnast
the illness ------------------------------------------ the kin


Comparison : long [ /i:/] and short [ /i/]

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[/i:/] ---------------------- [ /i/]

reason ------------------- risen
been ------------------- bin
ease ------------------- is
sleep ------------------- slip
cheap ---------------- chip
wheat ------------------wit
leap ------------------ -lip
feet ------------------- fit
team ----------------- Tim
beast ------------------ bit
queen ------------------kin
deal ------------------ dill
need -----------------Nick
leek ------------------lyric
people ------------------pitch
greed ----------------grid
leave ----------------- live
sneaky -----------------snip


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Words: long [ /i:/ ] highlighted as bold and short [ / i / ] highlighted as in the Red

colour


Look at the mouth diagram to help you position your lips, tongue and jaw for the target sound

believe

reveal

defeat

recede

retrieve

receipt

greasy

easy

sneezing

thesis

seeing

serene

relieve

repeat

meeting

yielding

seizing

freezing



sentences

Sentence : short [ / i / ]
highlighted as in the Red colour and long [/i:/]

highlighted
as bold



Read each sentences aloud slowly at first, then as if you were telling it to someone in a natural way.



1. The width of the sleeves still needs to fit my neat linen jacket.

2. I am not particularly keen to give the victory to a different team.

3. These silver rings belonged to Queen Elizabeth.

4. Tim is completely out of Nina's league and she isn't keen on being chased him.

5. There is a little something missing in this meal. Have you tried to add some dill?

6. My next of kin, Mr. Bean, is a Dean of Leeds University.



verses

He is an English man

For he himself has said it,

And it's greatly to his credit,

That he is an English man !


Friday, February 4, 2011

Lesson 7: The [ / i / ]sound as in "pit"



Short Vowel [ /i / ]



Speech organs Position

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The front of the tongue comes high in the front of the mouth, not quite as high as the long [/i:/] sound (Lesson 4) and just a fraction back.


Words


Look at the mouth diagram to help you position your lips, tongue and jaw for the target sound

Highlighted bold letters pronounced as [ / i / ]

i - him , hilarious, hideous, hint, whim, vision, spirit

a - village, cabbage

e - delete, defeat, delusion

y - crypt, synonym, symbol, symptoms, hymn



sentences

Read each sentences aloud slowly at first, then as if you were telling it to someone in a natural way.

1. Those lettuces taste like cabbages.

2. Bill lifted the lid of the bin tentatively and found not a single thing.

3. Tell Jill I think this is a silly little game.

4. I can't stay a minute longer in this miserable little pit!

5. Tim Grim is a solid, respectable man and is a pillar of society.

6. This simple thing, a wedding ring, is a symbol, the oldest in history.

7. Climbing over a rocky mountain, skip the rivulet the fountain.



Verses


Here's a first-rate opportunity

To get married with impunity,

To indulge in the felicity

Of unbounded domesticity.

You shall quickly be personified,

Conjugally matrimonified,

By a doctor of divinity,

Who resides in this vicinity

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lesson 6: The [ /ə / ] (Neutral Vowel)sound as in "banana"


Short Vowel [ /ə / ]



Speech organs Position

t


Jaw is half open, relaxed tongue and lips.Middle of the tongue is halfway up.Tongue position is a bit lower than when pronouncing [ /ɜː/] (Lesson 5)
Tongue is not going forward. The sound is very short.


Look at the mouth diagram to help you position your lips, tongue and jaw for the target sound

Highlighted bold letters pronounced as [ /ə / ]


The first syllable unstressed - away, agree, abuse, aboard, against, advice, attain,
advance, canal, correct, police, support


The second syllable unstressed - doctor, under, figure, colour, absent, constant,
standard, oral, forward, upward, awkward



Unstressed Positions

and----------------------------- a ---------------------an

Fish and chips ---------------Get a spoon------------ - Have an apple

Salt and pepper------------ --Cut a piece -------------A question and an answer

pork and beans --------------Here's a plate ------------An aunt an uncle

Ladies and gentlemen------- Lend a hand -------------Listen to an announcement



Comparison



[ /ə / ] ------------- [ /ɜː/]

slogan ------------- girl

forward ---------- word

awkward ----------third

standard ---------- earn

upward ------------word

backward ---------work



Sentences


Read each sentences aloud slowly at first, then as if you were telling it to someone in a natural way.


1. what are you doing in London? we are looking for a hairdresser.

2. Is it made of glass? No, it's made of plastic.

3.What can i do ? What has she done? What have you done?

4. she had done it before she came here.

5. Amanda, phone call for you .

6. The conductor of the orchestra was amazed to see the viola player drink a scotch and soda

7. Tell my sister Amanda to buy some better bananas as well as potatoes and tomatoes.

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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