Accent Reduction and Communication Skills Training
Understanding Your Accented Sounds
Common Mispronunciations Based on Nationalities
People from the same country or region usually form sounds and say them in the same way. When individuals from the same background learn a second language as an adult, they naturally try to match the sounds they know with sounds in the new language.Because not all the sounds in the new language are formed in the same way as those in their native language, people naturally can’t match every sound exactly.This is why it is difficult to say some sounds when speaking a new language. It is also what creates an accent and why you can tell where people are from when they speak a second language.
Please keep in mind that everyone is unique.Not everyone with the same native language will have the exact same accent.Differences can be due to several reasons including: your specific dialect, how long you have been speaking English, how quickly you learn languages, and your current level of English proficiency.
To help you understand your accent, differences can be described in terms of nationalities. First, locate your nationality in the side bar menu in the "Accent Guides" headline. Here you will find some examples of common mispronunciations based on your nationality. You will also see a comparison between how you may be pronouncing some sounds and the changes you need to make. This will get you started on your journey toward improving your spoken English.