English Accent course for Chinese speakers

Accent Reduction Hints

 

Listen to these 10 Accent Reduction Hints to help you speak English more clearly

 

Accent reduction – Hint 1

When listening to other English speakers, for example at work, when you watch TV or listen to the radio in English, try to repeat the speech you hear.  Pay attention to the way English speakers pronounce words, listen to the tone and the rhythm, or music of the English language.

Accent reduction – Hint 2

Slow down your speech.   If you speak too quickly, it can make it more difficult for native English speakers to understand you.   It is not necessary to speak as quickly in English as in your first language.  Slowing down your speech will help people to understand the message you are trying to send.

 

Accent reduction – Hint 3

Carry a notebook with you and write down the areas that are difficult for you.  You can then practice these daily.   You can also write down the names of people you work with or common work terms that are a problem for you to pronounce.  Ask a native speaker to pronounce them correctly for you. You can then record these words, listen and practice saying them.

 

Accent reduction – Hint 4

Practice speaking with other people or if you can’t find other English speakers to talk to, practice speaking by yourself.  The more opportunities you have to practice your pronunciation, the sooner you will improve.

 

Accent reduction – Hint 5

 

Record yourself when you practice speaking.  This will help you to become more aware of the common mistakes you are making, so you can work on the specific areas that are causing you the most difficulty.

 

Accent reduction – Hint 6

Use your dictionary regularly. Many dictionaries show how to pronounce English words by including the phonetic alphabet.   Once you understand how this works, you can then use this resource to learn how to pronounce the words you are finding difficult to say.

 

Accent reduction – Hint 7

Find an audio book or cd in English.  Record and re-play listening carefully to their pronunciation.   This can increase your awareness of what your speaking target should sound like.   Repeat some sentences and record yourself. Record yourself and replay to compare the sound of your English with that of the speaker you are listening to.

 

Accent reduction – Hint 8

Practice reading aloud in English every day by reading a newspaper, magazine or book.   This helps to strengthen the mouth muscles that you must use to articulate English sounds correctly.

 

Accent reduction – Hint 9

Take care when you pronounce the endings of words.  Often these can be left out by some speakers of other languages.

 

Accent reduction – Hint 10

Be patient and keep practising every day.   With hard work and dedication, you will soon begin to see an improvement in your pronunciation.

 

 

 

 

 

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What Our Students Say

Before the course I always thought my English pronunciation was good and my accent was standard as well.  When I attended the first lesson I got to know I had made so many fatal errors reading many high frequency words and key sounds in daily conversations. As the course went on I managed to notice how others speak in daily talks and how to speak the key components when I talked. The course was definitely useful to help me find out the problems I have had for ages and how to correct them, as well as building my confidence . I hope the course gets known by more and more people who are struggling to improve spoken English. (Mr Peng, Engineer, China)

“It doesn’t just improve your language, it also changes the way you look at your job.”   (Ms Choi, Accountant, China)

“It was a wonderful and valuable experience for me.  The course helped me to gain confidence in improving my English accent.  I believe it provides me a tool to continually improve my English accent for the rest of my life.  I really enjoyed the whole course and appreciated the teacher’s kindness, patience and encouragement during the course.  It’s flexibility was suitable for my busy schedule and by attending to the constructive weekly assignments, it showed me a new angle to understand English.  I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their English accent.” (Mrs Lin, Accountant, China)

“Before this course I didn’t know how to speak properly.  Here, I have received the guidance I needed.  I found the root of my accent problem and I have been given support to help me solve the issues.  I am glad that I made the decision to take this course, it made a huge impact on the way I speak English.  Thank you.” (Mr Wang, Accountant, China)

“I learned a lot during my 12 weeks’ pronunciation course, and my communication skills have improved significantly! I would definitely strongly recommend this course to anyone whose first language is not english and are struggling to improve their skills.” (Jia, Engineer, China)”