How to Get Rid of Your Accent Properly

By Published On: April 9th, 2016

You can frequently hear that English is a simple language to master, that it’s much simpler to have a foothold in English than in quite a few other languages. You also hear that it’s impossible to eliminate an accent if you didn’t grow up speaking the language! Not that it’s distinct from just about any other language, but nonetheless, English is a little particular with this particular aspect; somehow even such fundamentals as composition of sounds stay elusive to numerous immigrants.

Everything has to-do with the scope of a “sound chamber”, to put it differently, how much the mouth is opened during address.

The bigger size of the sound chamber is the thing that makes English so distinct from several other languages; the point of the tongue becomes ineffective as a tool when the mouth is opened wider.

And in general, as a way to be competent to practice efficiently, we must identify the chief components, which contain the appropriate English phonetic environment. Those aspects of phonetic articulation could be explained in simple terms; the different phonetic systems may also be compared against one another in simple terms. Something we cover in the Uceda School classes.

It is hard to make sense even of basic things, unless one is made aware of the unique phonetic articulation mechanisms. For instance, speakers of ANY language can use what could be called, a “throat pause”, it’s if the air flow is obstructed within the throat. This too is a phonetic articulation mechanism, that is extensively used in English, yet we could do-it when breathing, without saying something, just block the stream of air. It’s used, among other things, to divide the blend of words, so that people don’t wind up breaking them apart and “reassembling” them in the “wrong” ends.

In quite a few other languages the “throat pause” isn’t a conspicuous articulation mechanism, the significance of exactly the exact same blend of sounds wouldn’t change, whether you pronounce it with or without a throat pause. When you understand that, everything becomes straightforward, but one is not likely to help you to work it out by going through the demonstration – repetition workouts.

A wider open mouth again decides everything, the front portion of the tongue becomes ineffective as a tool to manipulate the stream of air. As a consequence, we can’t create a sufficiently identifiable sound at the “touch stage” only, we also must manipulate the stream of air within the throat. Which is something we discuss at all our locations, be they the Las Vegas Uceda School or the courses in Orlando.

From the same token, a larger open mouth is the exact reason the English-language can naturally articulate “unidirectional” combinations of vowels only, while several other languages can articulate ANY combination!

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