• Happy New Year!

    The word “happy” has a tense “ee” sound at the end. This common word ending, spelled -y, is typically pronounced “ee”. The tense “ee” sound is a long sound, made with your tongue high and your lips smiling. The sides of the tongue are pressed against the roof of the mouth.

  • Link

    Connecting your words together as a continuous stream of syllables will help you sound more like a native speaker. Just the way you link syllables together within a word, syllables between words are connected as well.

  • Imitate

    If you were an actor trying to imitate an American speaker, how would you talk? Pretend you are a native speaker. Imitate the sound. Play with it. Practice it. Have fun with it! Most people considerably reduce their accent with this technique.

  • Move your mouth less

    When Americans speak, most of the vowel sounds in our sentences are made with a relaxed, neutral mouth. American English doesn’t use as much lip rounding as many other languages. So using straighter lips and moving your mouth less can help reduce your accent!

  • Smile!

    Have you ever noticed that native American speakers seem to smile when they talk? American English has less lip rounding than many other languages. We really don’t use our lips much. So smile when you talk — it does wonders for reducing your accent!