ARE YOU READY TO MAKE OVER YOUR SPEECH?

Accent modification training does NOT involve getting a facial! However, “making over” your speech with Capital Accent DOES include the following things.

First, you will work on improving your pronunciation of speech sounds that you already have in your native language, but that are used differently in English. An example of this is the /n/ sound at the end of words. The /n/ sound is a nasal sound, which means the sound comes through the nose when you talk. Here is an example of how the /n/ is used differently in another language at the end of words.

In Mandarin Chinese, the /n/ at the end of words is frequently used interchangeably with the/ng/ sound. So while speaking English, the native speaker of Mandarin may say “ong” instead of “on” and “wung” instead of “one.” This pattern is carried over to all English words ending in /n/ and /ng/.

Second, you will learn to pronounce new speech sounds. These are sounds that do NOT exist in your native language. After you learn to hear these sounds, you will learn to move your mouth to say them correctly. An example is the English/th/ sound in “these” and “thank you.” If the /th/ doesn’t exist in your native language, it is likely that these words will be pronounced as “dis” or “zis” (this); “dat” or “zat” (that); “sank you” (thank you); and “I sink” (I think). This pattern is carried over to all English words with /th/ in them.

Third, you will learn to change your speech behaviors. The most important speech behavior that clients learn is to slow down. Slowing down allows you to increase your awareness of your speech, stop running your words together and stop dropping sounds. While talking in a slower, more controlled and confident way, you will have time to use all your new speech sounds correctly.

“Making over” your speech requires a sustained effort over a few months, but the results are well worth it. Click here to visit Capital Accent’s testimonial page:http://www.capitalaccent.net/?page_id=681

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