Gotta, Wanna, Shoulda, Coulda: How and When to Say Words This Way

American English pronunciation and accent reduction help with American slangGotta = Got to

Wanna = Want to

Shoulda = Should have

Coulda = Could have

Americans have a funny relationship with English. In some circles and circumstances, it would be totally unthinkable to say “wanna” instead of “want to.” For example, you will probably never hear someone in a board meeting say, “We wanna really increase sales this quarter and I think we coulda done better last quarter.”

But in other instances, learning to speak English like an American means you will need to loosen up. For example, many Indian, Chinese, and Arabic native speakers have a hard time letting go of the very formal English when they are in a social and relaxed atmosphere. For example, if you were out at a club with friends, over-pronouncing and using absolutely perfect diction can be seen as uptight, and make you seem as though you can’t loosen up—this means it isn’t entirely bad to engage in the use of gotta, wanna, shoulda, coulda, and other technically misspoken words in certain settings.

This doesn’t mean you should over-use these variations on the correct pronunciation of words in English, and it certainly doesn’t mean you should speak this way immediately. As they say, you must walk before you can run, so having an excellent grasp on English pronunciation and after you feel very confident with the practice of your accent reduction program, you can begin to use the more relaxed versions of words that are so incredibly commonplace.

Before you start feeling brave, discuss with your English pronunciation Speech Pathologist whether or not they feel you are ready to take this step. It is entirely possible that once you have completed a 12-week pronunciation course online, your American pronunciation coach may tell you that it’s okay to start blending in more relaxed versions of common speech.

Either way, chances are, you will know when the time is right. And when you do, try to keep in mind the contexts in which the difference between the two. It takes time and practice, but once you have perfected your American English accent, there’s no reason you can’t blend in with your American counterparts—but only if you wanna :)

English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction: What We Can Learn From My Fair Lady!

improve your American English accent with pronunciation pro My Fair LadyThere’s a lot to be learned about English pronunciation and accent reduction from the fair lady, Eliza Doolittle, and her accent reduction coach Professor Henry Higgins.

As the story goes, Higgins makes a bet with his buddy, Colonel Pickering that he can turn the unwitting street urchin, Eliza, into a high society socialite in a mere six months time. He works tirelessly with Eliza to reduce her cockney accent to make her sound like a proper lady of the times, and in the end, he is a smash success, and wins his bet with Pickering.

At PronunciationPro.com, speech pathologist and accent reduction coach Annie Ruden offers to non-native English speakers the same kind of English pronunciation help—but Ruden gets it done in HALF the time it took Henry Higgins!

How is this possible? How can you begin to speak English like an American in just 12 weeks? Well, our old friend Higgins and his protegé Eliza didn’t have access to the Internet, and they surely weren’t able to interface using MP3 recordings, live webinar training, and live feedback from a certified American English trainer based on unique recordings from each student. Perhaps if Higgins had this kind of access, he would have taken up English pronunciation training as his full-time job!

But the essentials of Professor Higgins’ approach is not unlike what Pronunciation Pro uses today: the use of intonation training, working on the rhythm of spoken English, phonetics, and other accent reduction exercises are what made Professor Higgins successful, and this is exactly the framework that Pronunciation Pro uses as well—but with the added benefit of taking less time, working at your own pace on your free time, and at an unbeatable price that begins with a 7-day free trial.

Interested in reducing your accent in spoken English? Check out PronunciationPro.com’s $19 monthly subscription and read through the FAQs and testimonials to see how you too can enjoy the benefits of a 50-75% reduction in your foreign accent in English. It’s simple, builds confidence, and you’ll do it in half the time Eliza Doolittle did!

Could a Good American Accent Mean More Success? New Study Draws Interesting Conclusions

In a new study published in the latest journal of Evolution and Human Behaviour, individuals with clear, English deep-voices are more likely to achieve higher positions within a company, make $187,000 a year more than those with higher or stronger non-English accents, and they were found to have held their positions for longer than their non-native associates. So, it turns out it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

The research, led by professor William Mayew of Duke’s University’s business school, found that despite nationality, there was a strong reoccurrence of English pronunciation being a significant factor in how an individual’s authority and respect is decided upon by others. Judging others based on their accents is often done subconsciously, and given that the corporate world is so full of examples of deep voices and refined tones, that we don’t notice anything out of place until we hear it. Prime Minister Julia Gillard for example, has faced significant ridicule for her pronunciation, tone and accent. After a tour in America where school children asked her if locals speak English is Australia, she decided to undergo English pronunciation courses, which unsurprisingly to the study, her approval ratings rose significantly.

Professionals with English is a second language are beginning to take pronunciation courses online in hopes of being taken more seriously within their career. In a survey by Personnel Today, 84% of respondents trusted a statement when it was spoken in an American accent, yet only 11% believed the statement if it was spoken in a Scouse accent. Studies have continuously found similar findings that all end with the same conclusions of English accents have the most likely chance of being seen as responsible, professional, and worthy of higher positions.

While qualification should be based on factors that have nothing to do with pronunciation, given that it makes such a large impact on others subconsciously, it can be rewarding to business individuals who choose to work on this aspect of their professional career.

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.

Welcome to the Pronunciation Pro Supplemental Blogsite!

learn english pronunciation onlineWelcome to the Pronunciation Pro supplemental blog! This informational site will contain a number of tools, videos, and connections to our other online sources to help you on your journey through learning American English pronunciation. Everything from video posts, guest posts about learning English as a second language, answers to questions you’ve asked on Facebook and Twitter, and so much more. We will talk about English pronunciation and how to speak English with an American accent.

A little about Pronunciation Pro: Our founder and principal, Annie Ruden, is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist with a Masters degree in Communication Sciences. Over the years Annie has specialized in teaching English pronunciation and the American accent, and has crafted her own workable, efficient, and unique ways to teach people how to use the correct sounds and rhythm of English.

Annie has been teaching English Pronunciation since 2007, and has helped people from all over the world learn how to speak English clearly and with confidence. This has opened doors to people that would have otherwise been closed, allowing them to get jobs, progress in their careers, and have more confidence as they socialize with native English speakers.

Annie knows that people come to the US with great ambition and hope for the future, but oftentimes, upon arriving, they often feel lonely, experience extreme culture shock, and struggle to communicate—PronunciationPro ends these complications by allowing ESL speakers the chance to learn to speak with an American accent quickly, affordably, and easily through time-tested online methods.

No matter how much English grammar and vocabulary you know, it’s tough to make things work if your pronunciation makes your English difficult or impossible for others to understand. If you’re tired of constantly being misunderstood, being asked to repeat yourself, and you’re frustrated with being limited by your pronunciation, you’ve come to the right place for help!

This blog will provide information and support to teach and train you in the areas of pronunciation training online and so much more. Please feel free to ask questions and let us know what you’d like to learn as it relates to speaking English and understanding American culture. So much of American culture comes through in the way we communicate—you cannot experience the full breadth of either without having both.

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