Speech connects people. But if another person doesn’t understand what you are saying, this can be humiliating and frustrating. The loss of connection hurts. If your accent is the problem, you can learn how to change it.
Since we speak automatically, we use our mouths to speak other languages in the same way we speak our native language, the same sound shapes, the same rhythm and tone pattern. This produces our accent.
Language is created by the movement of the breath, vocal chords, tongue, jaw and lips. To learn a new set of sounds you must retrain your muscles.
It’s important to become aware of how your mouth moves when you speak. You will need to understand what you want your muscles to do in the new language. Then practice until the moves are natural and automatic.
Most of my students have the basics of English. They have the foundations of the language, but not the fluency they want. What they need is to practice thinking in English by speaking, listening, and writing. They want to learn how to use their book learning, not to pass tests, but to communicate.
American Accent on the Go: The App shows you what happens inside your mouth when you speak American English. This unique app highlights the parts of the mouth and tongue that are active in making sounds and allows you to record your voice to compare with our animated character, Mimo.