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December 2022 - Year 24 - Issue 6

ISSN 1755-9715

5 Ways To Learn Different Accents Of English

Robert Macro is an experienced professional working in the field of education and helping students in their various academic tasks. He works in the direction of supporting and guiding students with their problems in different sectors.


Learning a new language or accent is a challenging task, and depending on your native language, you will face a series of difficulties while learning different accents of English. However, as a student, it becomes necessary for you to learn and speak English confidently. Moreover, if you are considering moving to a different country for further studies, you must know that country's accent. You will also need to remember that there is a difference between US and British accents. For many people, English is their second language, and they have a unique accent influenced by their native language. However, accent modification training teaches standard American English to improve pronunciation and speech clarity in English.

Many students face a significant problem because their native language doesn't have the sounds they are trying to say in English. In addition, college students are assigned the task of assignment writing, in which they have to write an academic paper on various topics and subjects. A student who has moved from a different country cannot write the assignment independently because of the language and accent issues, which is why such students seek English homework help. But fortunately, for English learners, there is a shortcut; by learning how word sounds are formed, we can stop predicting the sounds and start practicing suitable mouth shapes. We can learn to pronounce words similar to native speakers within a short period. This article will discuss some practical tips that can help you improve your accent in another language, no matter which language you are learning.


Ways to learn different accents of English

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Learn the phonetic alphabet

Recognizing a language's phonemes helps you identify sounds your ear isn't tuned to natively. Once you can identify these sounds, you will start observing them more often when speaking and listening in your new language. Getting friendly with the phonetic alphabet will help you learn new sounds and provide some indicators to navigate the language you are learning. When you become aware of the range of sounds in the language you are learning, you will learn how to differentiate sounds that look similar to the untrained ear, making spelling easier. This is particularly helpful if you are learning mainly by reading and writing.


Get friendly with the spoken language

To learn different English Accents, you will need to switch from theory to practice and expose yourself as much as possible to your new language. You will need to talk as often as you can with native speakers. However, if you have a problem pronouncing a specific word, ask people to repeat that word, or you can record it on your phone. You can then replay it and train yourself; you can also listen to the correct pronunciation with the help of online dictionaries. You can also listen to online podcasts or watch TV shows in the language. Even if you do not understand everything, you can put it out in the background while doing your chores to get used to the unfamiliar sounds. After a few days, you will observe that you have started understanding naturally and increase to improve your accent.


Observe what is different about the pronunciation

With this, you can frequently notice that your new accent has many similar sounds to your native tongue, even if they are written differently. With the similar sounds observed, you can focus on the sounds that don't exist in your native language. Abide the temptation to compare these unfamiliar sounds with similar ones from your native accent. Although this might seem a helpful shortcut, this will make your pronunciation harder to correct in the long run.

Avoiding the distinct sounds of your new accent will, at its best, make you sound silly and, at worst, result in you saying the wrong words. Moreover, if you find it troubling with one phoneme, you can use notecards. Please write it down with other similar but different phonemes. Repeat them loudly several times; this will help you to observe slight differences and master those differences.


Listen carefully

The internet grants access to plenty of audio material to help you improve your pronunciation. Listen to that material regularly as much as possible. Rather than always focusing on grammar and vocabulary, spend some time on the phonetic aspects of the language. Listen carefully to the short audio tracks, try to understand what gives the sentence its fluency, and try to imitate it.

However, if you find it much more tricky, slow down the audio's speed. This will help you to identify and separate each speech sound. On the other hand, if your understanding skill is already good, you can challenge yourself by increasing your speed.


Practice for perfection

Accent training demands some skills and patience, so do not get demotivated if you do not feel instant results. However, for maximum efficiency, your training should be frequent. Start collecting newspaper articles, movie scripts, and lyrics and record yourself while reading them aloud. Now listen and analyze what your strengths and weaknesses are. What native language habits are you carrying over to your new language? In the end, the more you practice, the more you learn different accents and improve yourself.


Final thoughts

Learning a new English accent is an excellent venture as it opens the doors for new opportunities, but at a similar time, it can be challenging. In the article mentioned above, we have listed some valuable tips that can help you learn a new English accent and improve yourself. Following the above information can quickly adapt to a unique accent.


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