A zeitgeist student named Chuck Yang at the Krannert School of Management, along with 30 others, have launched a free publication especially for students who are non-native English speakers. The publication, appropriately named “Voice” will be a forum to discuss the ups and downs of learning and using English every single day, even when it is difficult or even seems impossible.
At PronunciationPro.com, we meet and get to know individuals like Chuck Yang all the time—bright, young, enterprising people who are looking for solutions to reduce their accents. But for some, fitting in is hard, and many do not share their beautiful ideas and inspiring thoughts with those in the world around them because of the fear they have of how they will sound when speaking.
At the launch of Voice, Yang stated, “King George VI exclaimed in Westminster, after many years of suffering and stammer, ‘I have a voice.’ Well, I share his passion tonight.”
The Krannert School of Management is part of Purdue University—where more than 4,000 Chinese students study, work, socialize, and receive their degrees. With so many thousands of non-native speakers feeling they did not have a voice, and wanting to reduce non-native accents, Voice gives them the understanding that there is an interim period where, while you’re working on your studies at school and working on reducing your accent in English, there is a place that’s safe for you to communicate your thoughts and feelings.
Further, Yang and his team, through the creation and publication of Voice are sending another message: You belong here, you are a part of this student body, you are a part of this culture, not apart from this culture.
In the fight for equal rights in this country, there is now a Voice for non-native speakers of English. We appreciate you, and your contributions to American society are as important and as insightful and inspiring as anyone else’s. Don’t be scared to speak up, even if you fear your accent in English is not good. Practice makes perfect, and you will find native English speakers along the way who will befriend you, champion you, and yes, even understand you! 🙂