Accent Reduction: 10 Myths and their Freeing Truths (Myths 7-8)
In 10 Myths and Truths about Accent Reduction: Part 3 (Myths 5-6), we covered myths and truths #5 and #6 of Accent Reduction. They were:
Review of Myths #5 & #6
“Unless people say they have trouble understanding me, they understand me just fine.”
Truth: Communication partners feel uncomfortable directly voicing that they have difficulty understanding someone.
“If people I work with understand me, I don’t need to be understood on social situations.”
Truth #1: The people you work with may be used to hearing you speak with the speech patterns that are influenced by your native language.
Truth #2: On the other hand, unless you are aware of the signs above that indicate communication barriers, you may be in a situation where your co-workers do not understand you yet don’t express that.
Truth #3: Regarding social situations, people you encounter in social situations may also be used to your speech patterns that are influenced by your native language.
Myths #7 and #8
Myths #7 and #8 have to do with the expectations of how accent reduction can help depending on how long someone has been speaking English.
“Accent reduction is only for people who have been speaking English a long time.”
Truth: Accent reduction is for English language learners who know enough English to communicate at an intermediate to advanced level. It is efficient to establish English speaking habits while learning English. The reason is that you don’t develop non-English speaking behaviors that become habits. When you establish habits, it takes a longer time and more effort to change those habits.
“Accent reduction is only for people who are learning English. It’s too late for non-native English speakers who’ve been been speaking English for a long period of time.”
Truth: It is never too late to learn new things. No matter how long you’ve been speaking English, it’s absolutely possible to learn new English speaking habits. With an accent trainer, dedication to homework between sessions, and belief in your ability to attain your goal, you can master the American English speech patterns. You can attain communication excellence so people focus on WHAT you say and not on HOW you say it.
Both speakers who have an intermediate working knowledge of English as well as advanced fluent English speakers benefit from accent reduction. In both cases, clear communication is the goal so you can fully express your skills, personality, talents, and spirit. A qualified experienced accent trainer is equipped with the technical and interpersonal skills to help you attain that goal. You deserve in every way.
To you reaching your communication goals,