Accent Reduction and Communication Skills Training
Chinese Accent Reduction Every language has its own sound system, grammar rules, and intonation patterns which makes it unique. Learning a new language means incorporating new sounds, new intonation patterns, grammar rules, as well as other skills, so that you can become an effective communicator.
Being from a Chinese background, there are specific differences between your native language and standard American English. Some of these difference may not significantly impact your ability to be understood by Americans, while others may make a tremendous difference in your speech.
The areas listed below are a few examples of general areas your accent reduction program may include.Other areas not included in this list may also be addressed, depending on your particular needs. 1. Because Chinese is your native language, you naturally pronounce some sounds differently than American English speakers do.In addition, there are some American English sounds that you just don’t have in Chinese.These are the sounds that you will be working toward mastering. Speaking Your Best will evaluate your speech to determine which sounds you have difficulty with and plan your program according to your specific needs.
3. As a native Chinese speaker, you may notice that you tend to speak with a flatter pitch than native American English speakers do. This is because your "song" when you speak is different from that of American English. A very important part of speaking American English is learning how to make your pitch go up and down in the correct way so that you can “sing” in English. 3. Grammar in Chinese is not the same as it is in American English. Because you do not have pronouns and artcles, these parts of speech are most likely difficult for you. In addition, you form tenses differently. For this reason, you may be having problems forming past tense, and present tense in American English. Your program may include both oral and written grammar, depending on your needs.Speaking Your Best will determine current level of grammar skills and work with you to help you develop the grammar skills you need to succeed at your job and in your personal life. 4. Americans use expressions and idioms constantly!You may find that you often don’t understand what people are saying because they use so many expressions.While it would be impossible to learn them all, Speaking Your Best will teach you the expressions you will most likely hear in different speaking situations so that you will understand what Americans are really talking about! 5. American English consists of linking words together unless it is an appropriate time to pause.Right now, you may be separating your words often when you speak, so that it does not flow smoothly.Speaking Your Best will teach you how to speak smoothly, when it is appropriate to pause, and how to do it.
Accent reduction courses with Speaking Your Best are customized to meet the specific needs you have and are designed to help you become an effective communicator in all speaking situations.Contact us today and learn how you can be a success by speaking your best!