Oh hey there I’m Emma from mmmEnglish.
If you’re a regular mmmEnglish student
you know that I don’t prioritise perfection.
I’m more focused on building confidence and self-belief
and regular English practice.
So when it comes to your accent,
let’s focus on clear communication,
not the perfect English accent but clear communication
that makes it easy to understand you,
to help you feel more confident when you’re speaking to others and to fit in.
So if reducing your accent and speaking clearly
is something that you’re interested in doing,
then stick around
because I’ve got six tips to help you do that.
One of the coolest things about accents is that there are so many of them
and one of the best ways that you can meet English speakers
with different accents from all around the world
is to be part of an online language school like Lingoda.
And with the next Lingoda Language Sprint right around the corner,
well not only is this a great opportunity for you
to improve your speaking and your listening skills in just three months
but Lingoda are also offering a chance to get a one hundred percent refund as well.
Now if you haven’t heard me talk about it before,
the Lingoda Language Sprint is a challenge.
Lingoda are inspiring their students to level up their knowledge,
their speaking skills and their grammar awareness in just ninety days.
Now I participated in the Sprint
when it was called a marathon last year
and it was one of the best things that I ever did.
I was taking Spanish classes.
So there are two ways to join.
You’ve got the choice to sign up for the Super Sprint
which is thirty classes a month for three months
and if you complete the Super Sprint,
you’re going to get a one hundred percent refund.
But alternatively, you can also join the Regular Sprint,
which is just fifteen classes a month for three months.
Now if you complete that you’re gonna get a fifty percent refund.
To find out more about how the Sprint works
then check out this video that I made up here.
I’m also gonna talk about if it’s really possible to get that refund.
So to join the next Sprint,
make sure you use the link in the description below.
Sign up by June 15th, pay the deposit, secure your spot.
在七月十五日前加入 支付定金 占个名额
Plus if you use that code down there,
you’ll get a ten euro discount off your deposit.
So what’s so bad about an accent?
If you can communicate your message clearly,
then there is no reason to change it.
Your accent helps to create character and intrigue
and you know it helps to tell your story.
However, if your accent is a barrier to someone understanding you
然而 要是因为口音 别人听不懂你的话
or it stops you from creating a meaningful connection with someone
well, we’ve got a problem right?
So reducing or limiting your accent is probably going to help you
to feel more successful during conversations
and to help you to get more confidence
and to speak more
which is important.
That’s the most important thing.
So to help you to improve your accent and speak more clearly,
所以 为了帮你提升口语 让你的表述更清晰
I’ve got some tips that I’m sharing with you right now.
The first one is to choose your accent.
Now usually my advice is to listen to
as many different English speakers as you can,
both native and non-native English speakers.
This is essential to help you develop really strong listening and comprehension skills.
However when it comes to changing your accent
and practising your pronunciation,
With this type of practice you know,
it’s better to choose a specific accent to focus on
so that you can really pick out the most unique features of that accent
and try and copy them.
And the simplest way to do this is to choose an English speaker
who you like the sound of when they speak,
you like listening to.
So find out where their accent is from
and learn some of the key features of that particular English accent.
So if you want to learn an Australian accent like mine,
then you would focus on pronunciation features like the flap T sound,
you know when a T is between two vowels
and it ends up sounding more like a D.
Like in water, bottle, little.
比如water bottle little
You might also look at schwa endings,
you know in words that end in -ER
but the -er sound is not pronounced like mother and weather.
但-er不发音 比如mother weather
And also I just want to take a moment to say that
in no way does this have to be a native English speaker who you’re copying.
If there’s someone who you admire
who’s a native of your first language
but when they speak English,
they speak clearly and confidently,
by all means copy their English accents.
The reason why it’s important to choose one English accent to focus on
is so that you can get the repetition that you need you know,
to keep hearing those sounds again,
to emulate them and to copy them and produce those sounds yourself.
So ideally you’ll find someone
or even a couple of people with a similar accent that you have regular access to,
a regular access to their voice you know.
Maybe they have a podcast, maybe they have a YouTube channel.
Whatever it is, as long as they’ve got lots of content and that it’s interesting content
that you like listening to,
you may as well make your pronunciation practice enjoyable right?
If you’re still wondering how to choose the right English accent,
the one that’s right for you,
well think about your personality,
you know, are you quite serious and quite professional?
Or do you want to sound really cool and chilled out and approachable?
All of these things influence the accent that’s right for you,
but also the people that you are listening to
and that you’re trying to copy, right?
So I’m curious,
which English accent do you like the most?
Which one would you most like to use yourself or
which English speaker would you most like to sound like?
Is there someone who you listen to regularly
or you know someone that you watch on YouTube that you would like to sound like?
Let me know in the comments.
So you want to watch and listen to that accent as much as you can.
Like I said, find a person that you admire,
that you’ve got lots of access to so that you can copy them.
It’s just like you learnt your own accent from your parents.
If you surround yourself with regular sounds,
you will naturally start to use them yourself when you speak English.
I taught kids when I was in Vietnam and
some of them could bust out the most amazing American accent
and slang words and expressions
All because they spend so much time watching cartoons and movies
with American accents in them.
This is exactly the same concept.
Another really great option is listening to audiobooks
which are read by an author who has an accent that you like.
So Stephen Fry is awesome for received pronunciation,
for sort of formal British pronunciation.
I’m listening to Michelle Obama read her book Becoming on Audible at the moment
and that’s also a lovely accent to emulate.
Trevor Noah is also a good one
if you quite like jokes and humour.
So I’ve added links to books narrated by those people
in the description below.
You can listen to the samples of audiobooks on Audible.
Find an accent that you like and grab that book for free.
It’s a really great resource for finding the accent
that you want to copy yourself.
So the idea is you watch and you listen to as much of that person
as you can or that accent as you can.
And the great thing is you’re going to be learning new words, new slang, humour.
好处就是 你能学到新单词 俚语 幽默感
All of this is really, really helpful, right?
But you’ll also be training your brain to
recognise and associate those sounds with words as you hear them,
so that you can start using them yourself as you speak.
Up next, of course, it’s practise imitation.
So English has a rhythm, right?
it follows a stress and tonal patterns
that are arobably quite different to those used in your native language.
and this can have a huge impact on your communication in English.
If you’re speaking English
and you’re applying the stress and the rhythm from your native language,
it can be pretty distracting for other English speakers who are trying to listen to you.
So softening that a little is a really, really good idea
and this relates to syllable stress in individual words,
it relates to sentence stress, to tone, to pause.
So becoming familiar with all of these things by imitating a native speaker as they speak,
it’s going to help you to learn and understand and experience the rhythm of English
and help you to use it more yourself.
And if there are words that you use in your native language
that they’re also used in English as well
then pay close attention to the English pronunciation of those words
because it’s probably a little different to what you’re used to you know.
Words like burger or other foods especially.
Words with common endings like action or community,
或含常用后缀的单词 如action community
countries and city names you know,
they can be pretty similar between languages
but it would be a good idea to practise the correct English pronunciation
especially names that you are using often yourself right?
Say everything out loud.
The more that you actually say, the better.
Because you can read about English pronunciation,
you can listen to English speakers as much as you like.
I mean you can listen to me talking in this video as much as you like
but if you can’t get the muscles in your mouth moving and working in the way that you need them to.
It’s pointless you know
and you don’t even need someone to speak with to do this,
you can do it yourself,
you can talk to yourself in the mirror and the shower.
It literally doesn’t matter
but if you build a habit around moving and working those muscles,
it’s gonna have an impact.
The more that you practise saying English words, the better.
So reading out loud is a really good daily practice,
singing songs is awesome as well.
Simply just getting your mouth muscles moving and comfortable
and doing all of the things that they need to do to make English sounds correctly, right?
因为不断练习 才能正确地发音 知道吗
Just do it as much as you can.
And as a hint,
just make sure that you’re going back to that podcast
or back to that YouTube channel or that audiobook re-listening to the accent
so that you can make your own adjustments to your pronunciation if you need to.
Right my fifth tip is to take every opportunity that you have to talk,
you know, you don’t improve your accent by thinking about it.
So what opportunities do you have to actually put it into practice in real live situations?
If you go ahead with the Lingoda Sprint,
then you’re going to be getting regular speaking practice every day.
But what other opportunities do you have?
Take them. Use them to practise.
And I say this especially if you are shy and you’re uncomfortable about speaking in English,
you know maybe you hesitate before you speak
and sometimes you miss those opportunities.
So try and speak up, take every opportunity that comes your way.
所以 尝试着说出来 抓住身边的每一个机会
Don’t just go to class, you know, ask questions,
be the first person to put up your hand and answer.
Don’t sit in silence.
Students who take those opportunities to improve are going to do it the fastest right?
So try to put your fears and your worries and your doubts aside and speak.
所以不要害怕 放下焦虑和顾虑 大声说出来
Get into the habit of practising.
And lastly record yourself and listen critically.
最后 给自己录音 然后客观地听自己的发音
I’ve talked about the importance of choosing a single accent that you would like
and to listen to it and then to take every opportunity to speak out loud
either yourself or when you’re talking to people,
get those muscles working and practise speaking
but how do you know if you’re actually improving
or how do you know if your accent is changing?
Or how can you tell what you need to improve or get better at?
你怎么知道 自己哪里还需要提高 才能变得更好呢
You record yourself.
Now it’s possibly one of the most awkward, uncomfortable things that you’ll ever have to do.
Listen to yourself speaking in a second language on a recording.
Never mind. I promise you, you’ll get over it
and improving your accent is way more important.
Now remember way back in step number one,
I talked about paying attention to the unique features of the accent that you want to use.
Well can you hear those features in your own recording?
If you compare the recording to the accent that you’re trying to copy,
what sounds different?
You know and what do you need to change
to make it sound more natural
or more like that accent.
Changing your accent is not something that you can do overnight.
Alright it takes practice and it takes repetition.
So making it part of your daily practice,
ten or fifteen minutes a day is going to produce some significant results
if you create that habit and you do it for six months or for a year.
In fact, keep a recording of you now at the start of this journey
and then record again at six months and twelve months
and track the progress that you’re making.
Track the change over time,
you know, it’s something that you’ve got to commit to just a little bit every day over time
and I promise you that if you get to the end of that period of time and
you compare a recording to one that you took twelve months earlier,
you’ll be blown away by the progress that you’ve made.
You won’t notice this change from one day to the next
but you’re definitely going to surprise yourself
if you compare that recording to one that you took a year earlier.
So my friend that is it for today,
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this lesson.
Now you’ve probably been practising with one of my imitation lessons before.
They are really the great ways to practice my pronunciation and nutural expression.
but it’s also gonna teach you a method that you can use
if you want to imitate and copy someone else.
So check it out if you haven’t already
and hit that subscribe button.
I will see you in the next lesson. Bye for now!
Oh hey there I’m Emma from mmmEnglish.