1. Try to observe the mouth movements of those who speak English well and try to imitate them. You can do this activity in the comforts of your home while watching television. Also, watch the mouth movements of good speakers when you are out in public. Repeat what they say and practice the intonation (the way they say it), to gain a greater understanding of the rhythm and flow of the English language and improve their English accent.

2. Make a list of frequently used words that you find difficult to pronounce and ask someone who speaks well, to help you pronounce them. This will help you improve your American English accent.

3. Read aloud in English for at least 30 minutes every day. This will help you to start developing good presentation skills. Read the newspaper, and short magazine articles to friends who speak English well and ask for feedback, which will help you improve your English speaking skills. Check out an international group called Toastmasters in your area. Get involved and attend the local meetings to continue to work on your speaking skills. You will get a lot of feedback from the group members.

4. Listen for pronunciation mistakes. This will take some practice, and it is best to have an accent coach to help you so that you develop good practice habits while you practice English pronunciation.

5. Be sure that you slow down your speech and pronounce the endings of each word. Pay attention to the “s” consonant at the endings. This is a common problem among students who are trying to learn an American accent.

6. Do not confuse the pronunciation of words with their spellings. Learn to practice only what you hear. English pronunciation training takes time. The English language has many “voiced and unvoiced” sound and it will take dedication and practice to learn correct English pronunciation.

7. Get comfortable using idioms. Like it or not, the American workplace and social scene are full of idioms and expressions. You will want to familiarize yourself with all of them. This way, when they come up in conversation, you’ll be prepared to respond naturally and confidently. How often have you heard these very common expressions, “that was a shot in the arm”, “I’m fed up”, and “He’s stopping cold turkey?” You will want to listen for idioms everywhere, and start using them.

8. It’s much better to practice three, 10-minute segments or more per day than a long session. Look for opportunities to practice with your family and when ordering your food (using the phone or in-person). This will help you start speaking English fluently.

Tracey Ingram, M.A., M.S. is a certified accent coach and the author of a brand new book with MP3 (audio) published by Sovereign Education Media. For more help acquiring your American Accent, please visit me at Sovereign Education Media.

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