Voice and Accent Overview
In layman manner- accent is what you and i speak. It is often outlined as divisional and social background of speakers.
Know basic grammar and have the neutral accent and concentrate on Pace, Pauses, Clarity, Intonation and escalation of sounds.
There are two kinds of sounds - Consonant sounds and Vowel sounds
Consonant sounds: Voiced sounds - sounds that we produce from our vocal track eg. th, w, l, r j...) and Unvoiced - sounds that comes from our vocal chord th, kh, sh, ch.... ).
Vowel Sounds: Monophthong (classified into long and short vowel sounds) and Diphthong (combination of long and short vowel sounds) eg. Monophthong & Diphthong æ: man & æɪ main; ɪ bit & ɑɪ bite; ɔ lot & əʉ low; o: tall oɪ toy etc.
There are 3 level of English pronunciation:
Level A: People often don't understand what you want to say. You use the wrong sounds in English words.
Level B: People understand what you want to say, but it is unpleasant to listen to you.
Level C: People understand you, and your English is pleasant to listen to
Can I reduce my Accent?
Anybody with the desire to reduce their accent can reduce their accent.
Change begins with the desire to change. When we combine our desire with proper instruction and practice, we achieve success!
The key to learning to speak English clearly and correctly is training and practice. Clear and accurate speech comes from "doing."
Reducing your accent is different than other skills such as grammar and vocabulary. Studying accent reduction is more like studying dance, music, sports or martial arts. It involves the training of muscle groups. Everybody is born with these muscle groups located in our tongue, lips and jaw.
All that you need is the desire to change, proper instruction and most of all practice and training! Accent reduction is about "doing."
Simply observing or knowing how to, is not enough. Awareness and knowledge is important but you have to try it in order to be able to actually do it.
What is an "Accent?"
We often hear people say, " I want to reduce my accent," or "He has an accent, ". But what exactly is an accent ?