Have you found yourself after years of learning English but still having difficulty saying particular words?
In the coming months, I hope to include different videos and blog posts that you find useful. If interested, you could complete the survey and type at least 3 to 5 words that you find difficult to pronounce or would like to know how to pronounce. I will then gather all the words and make a video on some of the words. You can also comment below.
Any words you find the most difficult to pronounce in American English?
Accent training sessions...
So you are considering taking some sessions to take your speaking skills to the next level.
You want to finally feel like you can order at a coffee shop without someone asking you to repeat yourself for the 5th time.
You feel empowered to find someone who can truly help you reach your goals.
Once you have decided to make that next step, below are some tips that can help you get the most out of your accent training sessions.
Know Your Why
Why did you choose to seek out assistance and expertise from an accent/speech coach or instructor? Knowing your why will not only help your coach to personalize your sessions but also help you to keep showing up. It enables your coach to truly personalize and help you achieve your personal goals. If you know why you are there, your coach can change session content that was originally planned. If you know that you want to be able to speak more clearly and professionally during team meetings at work, bring your presentation slides to your session. If you have a script you need to use for an upcoming audition, bring it with you. That is what personalized sessions are all about.
Be an active participant
When you are in session, be present throughout the session. Know what you are learning and why you are learning it that day.
Listen...Listen to the different aspects of your coach's overall words, pronunciation, and rhythm. Listen to what your instructor keeps asking you to correct.
Make a commitment to put in the practice each and every day. Every little bit helps. Your daily habits to commit to complete weekly practice provided by your coach/instructor is the foundation to seeing the change overtime. Commit to signing up for sessions and showing up each week. It takes time to see change, luckily, there is a time after 10-12 weeks of private sessions that you can see considerable change and progress with consistency.
Can you think of anything else that you have found that has helped you make the most of your sessions?
Hello, my name is Gladdie. I am a Speech Language Pathologist, who teaches accents and provides pronunciation training.