Are you one of the many people who would like to lose your accent? Many people come to me with the same question - can you help me lose my accent? To be fair, most of these people don't want to lose their accent completely but they do want to tone it down a bit.
Sometimes it's because they feel that their work colleagues can't understand them quickly enough and they get fed up of repeating themselves. As one of my students recently said, "I speak as clearly as I can so all I can do when they ask me to repeat what I've just said is to say the same but louder!".
Sometimes, people can be understood but they get embarrassed by their accent. Another student said he was fed up of people thinking he came from Wales when, infact he came from Dorset, another, from the west country was fed up of people assuming he was uneducated when infact he had two degrees!
The trouble most people who do not have English as a first language have is that the vowel sounds in English can be long or short and some are comprised of two sounds. The 'oh' sound creates a lot of problems and it often sounds like the vowel sound in 'not' instead of the vowel sound in 'oak' so that 'road' and 'rod' can easily sound the same.
Two other vowel sounds that get confused are the sounds in 'sit' and 'seat' so again they can easily sound the same as each other. One is a short sound and the 'ee' is a longer sound.
English also has the 'th' sound that is unfamiliar to a lot of people and you need to put your tongue through your teeth before you want to make the 'th' sound.
How long does it take to lose your accent?
English is a stress language and not a syllable based language so speakers of other languages can often sound a bit disjointed. A course of elocution lessons can always help the forming of vowel and consonant sounds for both regional and foreign accents. Regional accents usually need work on vowel sounds and inflection.
Obviously some people find it easier to alter their accent than others - this depends on many factors.
Do you mix with other people who still have that accent?
How hard are you prepared to work?
To what degree do you want to change the accent - do you want it to disappear completely or just modify it a bit?
How long have you spoken with that accent?
You won't be able to lose your accent overnight. Sometimes people can hear a difference very quickly but the process can take longer and results vary from person to person depending upon the accent in question. If English is your second language, it will depend on how heavy your accent is. Lots of patience is required during this process
There are two ways to have lessons
I would suggest that the best way is to enrol on my online course which explains and gives demonstrations of how sounds should be made. You will have lifetime access and I will be available 7 days a week to answer questions and help. if after watching 100% of my course you would still like a lesson I offer you 3 lessons at half price.
I also teach via webcam/Skype so I can teach anyone no matter where they live in the world.
This course will never become outdated - it will always be essential for clear speech.
This isn't aimed particularly at people who have English as an additional language, about 50% of my pupils over the last twenty years have English as their first or only language and they just want to improve their pronunciation and how they speak. Let's take a simple example – how should you pronounce the word 'our'? About 75% of people say 'are' when it should be 'hour'.
This course focuses on voice exercises for most of the vowel and consonant sounds made in English. I cover 16 vowel sounds and 23 consonant sounds as well as a few oddities of English pronunciation. I will show you how these sounds should be made, what shape your mouth should be, where your tongue should be and you will hear what they should sound like. In each lecture there is an opportunity for you to repeat the exercises after me. Each sound has it's own lesson so you can jump around and pick on the sounds you need to improve.
'Recommend to all speakers of the English Language who wish to improve or correct their pronunciation. The Teacher has a great way of explaining concepts and the reasons why a pronunciation should be correctly pronounced in a certain way. I like the tutor's way of teaching,which is a traditional style,that has substance and clarity. Video and Audio quality is very good.' - Shaun, Aug 2018
'I had a mumbling issue which led me to go to a speech therapist and pay £100 per session, after losing £200 and still not having a solution, I came across this course and I had quickly found the solution to my problem. Over and above that, I got a lot more out of this course, more than anything a real enlightenment as to how I speak, how that comes across and how I can improve my speech to get better outcomes out of conversations and speeches. Thank you Serena.' Reuben, Aug 2018