Accent modification

Facts and tips

Listen to a radio or TV news broadcast, and repeat back tricky words as you hear them.

Research suggests that it can be harder to learn a language similar to one’s native language than one that is different.

Compile a list of tricky words and practice them.

For many advanced non-native English speakers, articulation is less of a problem than stress or intonation.

Speak more slowly to give your listener a better chance of understanding you.

It is natural and beautiful to have an accent! However, Standard American English, for better or worse, is the language of choice in professional and academic circles in the United States, and your non-native or non-standard accent may be attracting unwanted attention in your spoken interactions. A number of speech parameters can contribute to your accent. Areas for improvement may include the following:

  • Articulation
  • Stress and rhythm
  • Intonation
  • Blending
  • Overall speech fluency
  • Linguistic and cultural comparisons

I use linguistic analysis to identify your speech skills and determine how they relate to your native language or dialect. Audio and video recording often is key to building awareness and making small but important changes in your speech.