Accent Reduction Quiz: Is Your English Pronunciation Improving?

Reducing your native accent and improving your English pronunciation skills seems to be one of the most challenging difficulties that English students like you face.

Let’s face it. If you want to speak fluent English and sound like a native…then you need to reduce your accent.

However, my guess is that there are still a few sounds in English that give you the most trouble…and that you can’t seem to get rid of.

Take This Simple 3-Question Accent Reduction Quiz to Discover Exactly How Serious You Are About Improving Your English Pronunciation

Are You Improving Your Pronunciation By Listening To Native Speakers?

This is a simple concept, but is extremely important to reducing your accent and improving your pronunciation. This is because you need lots of contact with the language to familiarize your ears to sounds that do not exist in your mother-tongue. The easiest way to do this is through the use of mini-stories and podcasts.

Think about it for a minute. A child grows up listening to the people around him. He learns to speak like the people around him. He pronounces words the way he hears others say them. If you grow up in the southern U.S.A. like I did…you start talking with a southern draw.

So, if you want to sound like a North American…then by all means, listen to North American speakers. If you want to speak like someone from England…then watch the BBC like my student Franklin Veras. Everyone who hears him talk thinks he is from England…even though he has never traveled abroad.

Now, if you live in a country where people don’t speak English…then you need to find a way to listen to the language. And the easiest way to do that is to listen to mini-stories and podcasts recorded by native speakers.

Are You Reducing Your Accent By Systematically Studying Each Sound In English?

So, once you get serious about reducing your accent and start listening to native to improve your pronunciation…then you can take it to the next level. At this point you can begin systematically focusing on specific sounds in the English language…especially the ones that give you the most trouble.

You can find lots of pronunciation classes and courses online. You can study specific lessons and reduce your accent with specially designed exercises that will help you improve your pronunciation.

I recommend that you start off by simply listening to the sounds you want to work on and familiarize yourself with them. Then you can go back over them and repeat along with the audio so that you mimic what you hear.

And you can even find specially designed mini-stories that focus on specific pronunciation sounds in the English language like the ones we prepare for you at the VIP English Club

Does Your Current English Learning Material Provide You With Proper Exercises To Develop The Fluency You Desire?

Many English students study the language in one of two ways. Some buy a single book and follow it blindly…whether or not it contains the material they need or not which means that they don’t get all the information they need. This is especially true since many English materials focus primarily on grammar…and less on improving your pronunciation.

Other students go to the other extreme and simply pick things to study at random. They just study whatever seems to catch their eye at the moment with no real plan or purpose. Both of these extremes can cause problems.

To avoid this…you must define what your goals and objectives are first. This means that you need to evaluate yourself and develop a strategy that will allow you to reach your specific goals.

The best thing to do is find good language coach who has sufficient experience in the area who can help you create a plan that is tailored to your specific needs and can tell you what sounds you need to focus on and can point out resources that will help you improve your pronunciation and reduce your accent.

So, How Did You Do On The Quiz?

Are you listening to native speakers and systematically focusing on specific sounds with the proper material to improve your pronunciation? If you haven’t being doing any of these things until now…it’s okay. It’s not your fault.

How can it be…since no one ever taught you how to do this correctly? You never had a language consultant to share this information with you and help you develop a strategy to reach your goals.

But the good news is that you there are tools, resources, and services that can help you out. And the best place to start is with my free report called the ‘Three Keys To Speaking English Like A Native’ at http://EXLenglish.com/threekeys

Language consulting expert, David A. Bailey, Jr uses the power of mini-story lessons to help English students who want to improve their pronunciation, reduce their accent, and speak fluent English. Now, he’s providing English mini-stories and pronunciation lessons to help you speak real English quickly and efficiently. Go to the VIP English Club to get some of David’s pronunciation lessons right now.

Comments

  1. How did you do on the quiz?

  2. Many language teachers believe that all the students are alike.
    The best tool to a good pronunciation is your ear. My ear was not made for English. To listen to native English speakers, all I have to do is to watch TV. But … I cannot repeat what I cannot hear. So I have a rather strong accent.

    Is that a problem? No. Most people like my accent.

    Maybe I could get a better pronunciation and better fluency with a lot of practice … Maybe you have the time. I already spent many thousands of hours trying to learn that very difficult language called English. I don’t have any more time for that. I have other things to do.

    • Hey Enrique! I looked at your site. From what I gathered…you are learning Esperanto now. Is that correct? How is it working out for you? Is it easy to learn? It seems like an interesting language.

  3. Hey guys, I came across a native speaker here in the CZ, who before deciding whether to teach me or not tested my ability to hear and properly tag, as well as clearly intone music intervals. Since I am a proffes. classical guitarist, I passed, but such a test might be pretty hard for many students, I guess. Do you think the non/ability could be of some importance at learning a language? Thanx

    • Hey Roman! I’ve noticed that people that listen to lots of music in English (or the language they want to learn) pick up the language quicker. I guess their ears are used to hearing the sounds already. That would be interesting to find out of it works for musicians in general. Great point. 😉

  4. English learner says:

    Having learnt English for a while I came to thinking that it becomes harder the more I get to know. You feel kind of satisfied when you undergo your first success at English. But further there’s a lot more questions than answers. Your demands to yourself are growing with the more your study. First when you have a serious breakthrough and improve your accent you think like “Oh, now my accent is so much better. I’m so proud”. But then you start to think that it’s not perfect as that of natives. What if I don’t pronounce every single sound correctly? That’s when depression falls and you start thinking that you will never get rid of your accent. Some people say to me “You have such an American pronunciation”. But do I really do? Reflectively I think that it’s not quite true though sure my accent is not very annoying and prominent. But still I’m ashamed of speaking just for I’m scared to think that I will be made fun of me for trying to sound like, say, Americans when I don’t. But I’m ashamed to sound too foreign too!
    Those baby steps that I’ve made to make my accent (since I do not always pronounce words super-correctly) less foreign is singing (trying to imitate the accent of the artists) and I can recommend free accent lessons on the Internet.

  5. you said it was a quiz but its not a quiz at all

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