Category Archives: Accent reduction

  • 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.

  • 4th of July

    The U.S. celebrates Independence Day on the fourth of July. The word “July” is an example of the fact that a letter of the alphabet in the spelling of a word can represent more than one spoken sound in English. The -y letter at the end of a word is often an “ee” sound as […]

  • 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!