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3 Things You Should Know About Accent Reduction
1) Your Accent is Not the Problem
Accent is just another word for Stress, Emphasis, or Beat. Spoken English is very musical. We speak in “sound units” and not one word at a time. It’s like singing a song. You probably know all the words but you don’t know the melodies. Karaoke singers know this very well.
2) American English Finds its Rhythmic Roots in Jazz
Spoken English is ‘stress-driven’ or ‘beat-driven’. One part of the sound unit is always accentuated: it takes the high note, theaccent, or the stress. The rhythms of everything we say in North American English can be drummed or hummed to specific beat patterns. Once you can identify and ‘hear’ those beat patterns and understand very basic sound units, your accent will quickly stop being an issue for you.
3) It’s Not What You Say But How You Say It
This expression has been around for a long time and it speaks directly to learning and practising Accent Reduction. Spoken English is emotional and stress and intonation or pitch patterns are determined by the emotion behind your words. Tone of voice and rhythm: get those things straight and no one will say again that they can’t understand you because you have an accent.
Accentuate the Beat: Table of Contents
⇒ Introduction: Accentuate the Beat!
⇒ Module One: English and All that Jazz
⇒ Module Two: Oooh Laaa Laaa! Love Those Vowels
⇒ Module Three: Get Down and Feel the Beat: Stress is Just Another Word for Accent
⇒ Module Four: Feel the Vibe… Or Not! Consonants
⇒ Module Five: Chill Out on the Stress! Managing Your Accent
⇒ Module Six: Get Your Groove On! Rhythm
⇒ Module Seven: Intonation – It’s About the Music
⇒ Bonus Module: Tricks of the Trade – Let Your Voice and Body Speak With You
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