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Is That Variable Valuable? You CAN Pronounce This Clearly!

How to Use Your 5 Senses to Improve your American Pronunciation

 

Hi, It’s Lisa Scott with losemyaccent.com. Over the next few weeks, I want to address a very common problem I see with my clients who are trying to improve their pronunciation. Does this sound familiar? You’ve been working very hard to improve your spoken English, practicing those new sounds whenever you have the chance, but it’s hard to remember to use your new American pronunciation in everyday conversation. If you stop to think about each sound you’re trying to say correctly, you’d never finish a sentence!

So, what can you do to remind yourself to use your new skills when talking with friends or discussing a project at work?

It’s really a matter of developing a new habit, and it works much the same as any new habit you might try to learn, like making your bed in the morning or unloading the dishwasher before bed. The hard part at this point is not figuring out HOW to do it, but consistently remembering to do it every day.

Research has shown that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, so if you want to improve your spoken English in everyday life, you need to remind yourself to use the new pronunciation for at least 21 days. Of course, you will feel overwhelmed if you try to remember every sound you’ve learned all at once.

So, here is my recommendation. Pick one sound to focus on at a time.

Now, you need to figure out the best way to remind yourself to use that new sound. We’re going to discuss how to use your senses to do just that. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing these options in more detail, but I want to give you an overview to get started.

Unless you have a disability, you use the five senses of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling every day. You probably prefer one sense over another, but you may not know which one helps you remember the best.

Well, we’re going to do some experiments to find out. I will show you how to use each of your senses as a cue to remind you to use your new and improved spoken English in daily conversations. We’ll try things like looking at brightly-colored paper, listening to a bell, touching a rock, tasting sour candy, and smelling perfume.

How do you think you could use these activities to remind you to use better American pronunciation?

Share your ideas in the comments below, and be sure to watch next week to learn how brightly colored sticky notes could be your key to English- speaking success! See you next time!

    

 

Episode #14: American Accent: What’s Growing in Your Speech Garden?

 

 

How’s your Spring Training Going?

Easter Bunny or Easter Rabbit? American Pronunciation of Easter words

How do you say Wednesday? (And the other days of the week!)

Do you say Wed-nes-day? Or Wenz-day? Which do you think is correct? Watch this video  to find out!

 

Months of the Year with an American Accent

 

 

Hi, It’s Lisa Scott with losemyaccent.com. For the next several weeks, we are going to talk about the pronunciation of some everyday calendar words and the correct use of prepositions with those words. In this video, we will be reviewing the correct pronunciation of the 12 months of the year. As you follow along with me, be sure to pay attention to both the pronunciation of the words and to the syllable stress. Emphasizing the wrong syllable can make it harder to be understood. The first few months have the stress on the first syllable.

So, let’s get started. January. Remember that there is the word “you” in the middle of the word.

January. I love to see the beautiful snow in January. January.

That one was simple enough, I hope. But now we get to February, and there is an ongoing debate about the correct pronunciation. The original “correct” pronunciation was Feb-ru-ary. But more and more often, we are seeing the much easier pronunciation of Feb-you-ary. Most dictionaries now list both pronunciations as correct, so if I were you, I would choose the simpler and more popular pronunciation of Feb-you-ary.

February. Valentine’s Day is always in February. February.

March. The weather in March is often windy and unpredictable. March.

April. Spring flowers bloom in April. April.

May. In May, we celebrate Mother’s Day. May.

June. Summer begins in June. June.

July. Americans celebrate Independence Day in July. July.

August. Many students go back to school in August. August.

September. Did you notice the stress on the second syllable? All the months up until this one have has the stress on the first syllable, but now it changes. The rest of the months will have the stress on the second syllable.

September. I like to go hiking in September. September.

October. In October, the leaves turn beautiful shades of red, yellow, and orange. October.

November. We are very thankful for Thanksgiving in November. November.

December. Christmas comes in December every year. December.

Have you ever wondered how to remember which months have 30 days and which have 31? There’s a rhyme that most Americans learned as a child to keep it straight and it goes like this:

Thirty days has September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap-year, that’s the time
When February’s days are twenty-nine.

Well, we’ve come to the end of our calendar year, and I hope you’ve learned some new tips for pronouncing those month names correctly. Next week, we’ll be talking about the days of the week, so be sure to watch for that video. And meanwhile, come visit our facebook page at facebook.com/losemyaccent. I’ll see you there!

 

That’s Tasty! Or, Is It Tasteful?

What’s the difference between something that tastes good and something or someone with good taste? Is your food tasty or tasteful? Once you watch this video, you won’t be confused any longer!