Accent Reduction Lessons
Charles Becker  
 
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How Can I Lose my Accent?

Desire + Instruction + Practice =Success

Desire and Determination

Perhaps you have a specific goal in mind, professional and /or social which requires better pronunciation.

Your desire and determination to achieve your goal, combined with proper instruction and practice is the formula for your success.

Believe it or not, you are already on your way to improving your pronunciation simply because you want to improve your pronunciation. The fact that you care, is extremely significant. Caring will automatically cause you to develop a heightened awareness of how you're speaking. Of course, you need more than just the desire to change. You need instruction and training.

Instruction and Knowledge

In order to lose your accent, you must first become aware of all the sounds of English. For example, there are five vowels in the Latin alphabet- A, E, I, O and U. However, there are fifteen vowels sounds in English! You are probably already aware of some but not all of them.

Losing your accent involves learning how to properly articulate the vowels and consonant sounds, practicing daily with specially designed exercises and finally, using them habitually in your everyday speech.

You will be given detailed instructions as to how to move your tongue, lips and jaw so as to produce a specific sound of English correctly.

You will learn to recognize and produce the subtle distinctions that exist in the English sound system.

You will also be taught the "tricks" of pronunciation which all educated Americans use when speaking in social conversation.

You will learn the rules of intonation and syllable stress. Fun and simple exercises will develop the authentic intonation and rhythm patterns of native speakers. Before you know it , you will find yourself "in the groove" of real American speech.

You are encouraged to bring in any texts and or discussion topics relevant to your life to supplement the materials provided.

Training and Practice are key!

Accent reduction is a lot like training a sport, an instrument or dance. You have to practice and train if you want results. Just as an athlete, dancer or musician, masters the movements of their routines, so too will you, through intensive and structured practice, reach your goals.

Vowel by vowel , consonant by consonant, phrase by phrase, you will master the sounds of English.

You will develop new habits. You will begin to hear and pronounce English in a whole new way: the right way.

The correct pronunciation of sounds and words will become a part of you. This is known as "muscle memory. "

Ultimately, you succeed in reaching your goal!

DESIRE + INSTRUCTION + PRACTICE = SUCCESS