Communicating Effectively in the Workplace as a Non-Native English Speaker

learn to reduce your accent in English for non native English speakersWhen it comes to effective workplace, there’s precious little else as important as communication. Whether it’s the emails we’re sending out, the conference calls we’re on, the patients we’re treating, or a board room meeting with top executives from Tokyo, being understood is second to no other necessity for career-minded individuals.

That’s why it’s so important to value your English learning experience enough to learn to pronounce English so that you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the people you are engaging with won’t have to second guess you, or wonder what you said. Oftentimes, to be polite, coworkers, clients, customers, and even employers won’t ask you to repeat yourself–they don’t want to seem rude or offensive. So it’s many times up to the language learner him or herself to be able to answer the questions, “Is my English speaking understandable? Can my coworkers and others I work with each day understand what I am saying?”

If you find that you are unsure of the answer, chances are, there are ways you can improve your pronunciation in English. But the last thing you need to do is panic, stress out, or over-think how you’ll get from where you are today to point B–the place where you won’t have to wonder if your staff, your manager, or those you serve can clearly and easily comprehend what you are saying.

Your English can be as good as any native speaker–believe it! It’s just a matter of dedicating yourself to the practice of reducing your accent in English, and learning the rules of American English pronunciation, word stress, intonation and more. When you have mastered learning how to pronounce, any challenge you face with pronunciation later on will be a quick fix, because you’ll have the tools you need to figure out any nuances of the language you hadn’t dealt with before.

American English Pronunciation and Correct Word Stress

For those of you who may have missed the webinar today, here it is!

It’s so important to undertand the nuances of English sound and rhythm, and this video discusses all of that for those new to any accent reduction programs.

Non-native English speakers will often have difficulty with pronunciation because the natural rhythm of English and its intonations and rate of speech in English are so unique to the language–no other language on earth has the same word stress as English.

What are the rules of word stress in English? Listen to the American English Pronunciation webinar and learn! This way, not only are you more easy to understand to native English speakers, you will also enjoy being able to understand those speaking to you in an American accent so much better once you understand the use of word stress and syllables in American English.

As Annie Ruden discusses, every word in English is made up of sylables, and each of those syllables contains a vowel sound, even when it does not contain a vowel.

Learn all this and so much more for FREE by watching this Learning English Accent webinar, and if you like what you hear and see, check out the FREE week trial from Pronunciation Pro starting anytime you’re ready to sign up!

Correct Word Stress in American English Pronunciation: Join the Webinar on Thursday 8am MST

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Pronunciation Pro Webinar: Correct Word Stress in English

Just as you know where to stress a word in your native language without any guidance or help from the time you begin to speak, so do native American English speakers with their American accents. True, a Texan may say something differently than a New Yorker, but where stress is placed on a word is generally the same across the United States.

Correct Word Stress in American English Pronunciation is likely the most important thing you will take away from any accent reduction course online or elsewhere. It is literally what makes your spoken English intelligible, and what will keep you from having to repeat yourself.

For example, when you are speaking with correct word stress in American English, you will begin to naturally use the American phonetic system rather than the system from your native language. Take the word “table” in English. Someone from Cuba, trying to pronounce this word for the first time would likely pronounce it “ta-blay.” For the word “orange” the same Cuban trying for the first time would likely pronounce the word “or-an-hay.” This is simply because even though we know intellectually that we are learning a new language, the stress and pronunciation from our first learned language follow us into this pursuit.

The good news is that it’s only a matter of kicking the habit, and doing so generally only means practicing until your brain gets the message. But having a tool to help reduce your accent and a method for learning correct word stress in English is certainly something that will make your journey to proper English pronunciation a faster and less stressful one.

Join Pronunciation Pro for a webinar all about Correct Word Stress in American English Pronunciation at 8AM Mountain Standard Time this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. You can sign up by clicking here or visiting the Pronunciation Pro Facebook page anytime. If you miss the time and date, inbox our Facebook page for details on other FREE pronunciation help and accent reduction class free trials from Pronunciation Pro.