Guidelines for pronouncing American English are like America herself; diverse, full of rule exceptions and occasionally contradictory! Having a more standard sounding American Accent involves multiple language skills that are not often taught in typical ESL courses. Our clients have done the hardest work of learning to read and write English, which is a challenge in itself! Shaping one’s accent further involves the following four elements of speech:
Developing these skills are the ‘icing on the cake’ for clients that have already learned to read, write and speak American English to the point of fluency. This provides additional education and awareness to shape their current speech patterns to reflect more elements of American English.
It is not possible to eliminate all second language sound patterns in an accent modification course, nor is that desirable for many clients. All American dialects have their sound patterns, inflection and phrasing, so there is no such thing as a perfect American accent. Work with a speech-language professional will aid in helping clients develop these skills to achieve their personal or professional goals to present a modified American speech accent pattern.
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