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 Indian background, there are several differences between your how you currently speak English and what we call standard American English. Some of these differences will not significantly impact your ability to be understood by Americans, while others will 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. Indian languages are generally much faster than American English, so you are used to speaking quickly.Combine that with an accent, and it may be very difficult for Americans to understand your speech.Speaking Your Best will teach you how to reduce your speaking rate and show you how to maintain an appropriate rate when speaking English.This will be a very important part of your program.
2. There are several sounds in American English that you naturally have particular difficulty pronouncing. This is because you say them differently in your native language.In addition, you just don’t have some of these sounds in the Indian languages. For example, the "t" and "d" are two sounds that are most often pronounced too far back in the mouth. The "r" sound is also pronounced differently, and is the sound which will most likely affect your accent most. Speaking Your Best will work with you to improve the sounds you are having difficulty with, so that you speak clearly and confidently.
3. As an Indian speaker, you may notice that you tend to have a different “song” or melody when you speak American English.Your pitch tends to be flatter, and you tend to end words going up in pitch.Because your stressing and intonation patterns are so different, Americans may have difficulty understanding your speech. A very important part of your program may be learning how to make your pitch go up and down in the correct way so that you can “sing” in English.
4. Grammar may be an area of weakness for you if you began speaking English in your teens. Many Indians begin speaking English beginning in kindergarten and have few grammar errors by the time they are adults. Speaking Your Best will assess your grammar skills and work with you on the parts of speech that are difficult for you.
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!