Hi students, in this lesson I will give you English accent training advice. Here’s what you need to do to get a clear and easy to understand English accent.
How Long Does English Accent Training Take?
A common question that students ask at the beginning of their English accent training journey is, ‘how long does it take?’ The answer to that question is that it depends on how far you want to go.
It is possible to give your English accent a quick boost by taking an English accent training course. However, to reach the highest level, the top 5 percent of non-native English speakers, a more realistic timeframe is that it takes a couple of years of training.
Watch the video below to find out how long it takes to learn an English accent:
Why You Should Learn a Standard British Accent
Did you know that there are 42 different dialects (distinct accents) spoken in the British Isles? However, when it comes to English accent training, there is only one accent that you should learn: the Standard Modern British accent.
The Standard Modern British accent is the best accent for you to learn because it is easy for people to understand. The pronunciation is very clear and precise. Watch the example video below for fine and clear examples of this accent:
English Accent Training Advice
We will now look at the most important elements of learning an English accent.
1. Make a Study Commitment
The best English accent training results are achieved when you commit to a programme of study. YouTube videos are helpful for tips and motivation. However, you should not watch lots of random pronunciation training videos. Following too many teachers at once will confuse your accent and leave big gaps in your knowledge. This is why you should commit to a programme of learning with a single teacher.
2. Have a Strong Need and Clear Reason
The biggest barrier to improving your English accent is losing motivation or quitting along the way. To prevent this from happening to you, it’s important to have a reason reason for your effort in mind. Why do you want to improve your English accent? For some students, the reason for improving their English pronunciation is so that they can get a better job. For others, it’s so that they can feel more confident in their job.
Getting a near-native level of English accent takes time and effort. Knowing why you are learning an English accent will help you to stay motivated and disciplined whenever you are feeling lazy.
3. Routine is Important in Your English Accent Training
Learning an English accent will be much easier for you if you establish a routine of practice and study. This is because when learning is a routine in our lives, we can get started on the task more easily, without needing to apply mental willpower. Everybody has ten minutes in their day to do some English accent practice!
I recommend doing 10 minutes of English pronunciation practice every weekday. That works out to 50 minutes per week. Do that for one year and you will have done 43 hours of accent training work”.Jade Joddle
“I Want to Speak Like a Native English Speaker”
Some students are motivated to train their English accent because they want to sound like a native English speaker. However, in my professional opinion, this goal is unrealistic and unnecessary for most learners. Aiming to reach the top 5 percent of non-native speakers, in terms of your accent, is a far more appropriate and motivating goal.
English Pronunciation Practice, Practice and More Practice!
English pronunciation training is a physical process. To get results, you need to practise aloud. This is why you should choose and accent training course that involves lots of repeat-after-me practice.
You cannot improve your English accent simply by mental learning and memorisation. Real improvement comes from moving the muscles of your mouth and tongue as you practise aloud.
Extend Your Learning
▶︎ Watch my video on How to Improve Your English Accent by Self-Training.