How to Reduce Your Accent Fast? Practice. Practice. And Right-Practice.
Just like any skill you want to perfect in life, speaking and pronunciation require practice and plenty of it. While you may spend an hour a week in accent reduction class with your speech therapist in an effort to reduce your accent, are you practicing at home? At work? In social settings? What about purposeful and repetitive practice with intention at home?
Right-Practice, Makes Perfect in Accent Reduction
Your speech therapist has provided you with a binder full of words and sentences you are currently working on in class. This binder is invaluable for when you go home. It is important that you take time out of your busy day, to read through, aloud, pronouncing each word using the new skills your speech therapist has taught you.
More importantly, it is important to pronounce the word correctly when practicing (or at least to know the difference.) At Carolina Speech Services, we use an online tool for recording your practice. This tool is perfect for ensuring at home pronunciation practice is correct.
Simply record your practice and your speech therapist will be able to listen. He/she will send you feedback to let you know if you are spot on, need improvement, or were off and in what way. This is essential for getting the most out of your practice time between sessions. Imagine if you spent the whole week pronouncing a word incorrectly and feeling like you’ve made great progress. Then you arrive at your next accent reduction class only to find you’ve been practicing the pronunciation wrong! Right-practice and plenty of it will help you progress quickly.
The online tool has an incredible side benefit in that it allows you to listen to your own pronunciation. When you hear it recorded, you can learn how to pick up incorrect pronunciations, to self-correct.
Confidence to Practice Pronunciation at Work and in Social Settings
As you begin to hear your own speech patterns and correct those that you’d like to adjust, you will gain more confidence to practice your English pronunciation in real life. Whether at work or in a social setting, anytime is a good time to use the knowledge gained in accent reduction class. You can adjust pronunciation during conversations to practice your English language skills.
At Carolina Speech Services we are eager to help you alter your accent to a level that suits your individual needs for better communication at home, school, work, or in social settings. Give us a call today (704) 845-1605 to find out more about our in-person or online accent reduction programs.