The Benefits of Accent Reduction Coaching

Many professionals including: doctors, nurses, clergy, business executives, engineers, professors need to speak American English clearly and confidently in their work. These professionals understand that improving their spoken American English will allow them to communicate more effectively with business associates, customers, colleagues and friends.

That’s why many professionals are looking for the best way to reduce their accents.

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American English Pronunciation: Practice Techniques

One of the most frequent questions that people ask me is how to practice the American English and accent reduction techniques that they learn in their books and classes. Here are seven techniques that you can use practice.

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Voiced and Voiceless Sounds in American English

In order to speak English correctly it is important to recognize the difference between voiced sounds and voiceless sounds.

A voiced sound causes your vocal chords to vibrate. A voiceless sound does not cause your vocal chords to vibrate.

American English has about 15 voiced consonant sounds and 9 voiceless consonant sounds. All of the vowel sounds are voiced.

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Syllable Stress in American English

In English words one syllable always pronounced with more emphasis than the other syllables. The vowel in the stressed syllable is lengthened and clear. We call this emphasis syllable stress. Learning to use syllable stress is one of the very best ways to improve your English pronunciation.

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American English: The Dropped T Sound

When you listen to Americans talk in everyday conversations you may notice that the /t/ sound is often dropped after the /n/ sound. This is a very natural component of spoken English because it helps speakers to pronounce clusters of consonants more easily.

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American English Pronunciation Tip-Use Idioms

Every language has idioms and these often use everyday words to describe a message with a hidden meaning. In this lesson I describe three idioms that are commonly used in conversational American English.

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American English Pronunciation: The Sounds of C & S

Since English is not a phonetic language there is not always a one-on-one relationship between the letters in the English alphabet and spoken sounds. This can cause problems when you want to pronounce English words.

The 26 letters in the English (Roman) alphabet make more than 26 spoken sounds.

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American English Pronunciation Tips- Part 2

This is the second in a series of articles that describe accent reduction strategies you can use to improve your American English pronunciation. Here are two more key strategies you can use to reduce your accent.

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American English Pronunciation Tips-Part 3

This is the third in a series of articles that describe accent reduction strategies you can use to improve your American English pronunciation. Here are two more great tips for improving your American accent.

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American English Pronunciation Key Vocabulary

Here are some important vocabulary words you will need to know as you are learning to improve your pronunciation and American English accent. I have added the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) pronunciation next to each word for your reference.

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