The only secret to a great English accent is regular practice with good exercises.
Focusing on your English pronunciation may not be an obvious thing to do, but it has four superb advantages:
Advantage #1: the better your English accent is, the better native speakers will understand you.
Advantage #2: the better your English accent is, the better you’ll understand native speakers.
Advantage #3: having a good accent from now on allows you to avoid bad pronunciation habits that are difficult to get rid of later on.
Advantage #4: having a good accent is hugely rewarding and motivating.
Getting a good accent requires patience and practice. There’s no way around it. But, once you start working on your pronunciation, you’ll notice an improvement immediately. Guaranteed!Once you start working on your English pronunciation, you'll notice an improvement immediately.Click To Tweet
How to work on your English accent
When I was learning English, I spent a lot of time working on my accent. Looking back, both personally and professionally, the results have by far outweighed the effort.
Here are my five best tips on how to get a great English accent:
Tip #1: focus on your English accent from today. You’ll make many basic mistakes for a while, but you’ll soon notice your improvement.
Tip #2: remember that the more English you hear, and the more speaking practice you have, the better your pronunciation will be. Reading out the texts in your course, practising the vocabulary out loud, and saying the drills out loud, will all improve your accent.
Tip #3: go through the pronunciation rules in your English course carefully. Compare the way letters are pronounced in English and your native language.
Tip #4: go back to the pronunciation rules in your course as often as necessary.
Tip #5: read out all the words in your pronunciation flashcards. Saying them quietly or in your head will be of little help. To develop a good accent you need to say them out loud, as if you were talking to someone.
In my English pronunciation course, I take you step by step through all the English sounds. I give you audio flashcards with pronunciation tips, I show you the mistakes you’re likely to be making, and I give you plenty of pronunciation exercises.
Words, once printed, have a life of their own.