When you speak English it should sound like English, when your English sounds like any of the local language, then you have a serious MTI problem. One should not be able to guess your native by the way you speak English, Studies prove that people with heavy mother tongue influence have learning problem. It simply means that if your pronunciation is closer to the ‘Global Accent’ you are highly adaptable and intelligent.
Many deserving candidates lose out on job opportunities because of their MTI accent.The good news is you can neutralize your accent if you are willing enough to do something about it.
You need not try to imitate American or British English but correct English, inculcating certain practices in your day-to-day speech will help you have a global accent.
Observe the mouth movements or those who speak English well and try to imitate them.
When you are watching television, observe the mouth movements of the speakers. Repeat what they are saying, while imitating the intonation and rhythm of their speech.
Read a loud in English for 15-20 minutes every day.
Research has shown it takes about months of daily practice to develop strong mouth muscles for speaking a new language; Audible reading is a key to develop your language.
Silent reading will not help you much. No matter how good you are at grammer you will still hesitate if you are not used to pronouncing the words, in a few days of reading you will.
• Begin to read properly with few mistakes here and there.
• After that you will read with no mistakes. Then you will begin to develop a proper style.
Listen and imitate from television, Radio or Cds,
A local teacher or guide may not be 100% correct; Trusted sources will help you pick up correct accent.
Most of the people use wrong accent in order to sound stylish, you need to understand the difference between affected speech and style, and just twisting of words in a particular manner is not style.
Don’t use the dictionary very often
It is good to refer the dictionary for the correct meaning but that is not the right way to learn, when you come across a difficult word while reading, try to guess the meaning by the context, and if you continue to read without looking into the dictionary by the time you come across the word three to four times you will anyhow know the meaning of it, use dictionary only when it is very much needed.
Ask people who speak proper English, how many of them really refer the dictionary every now and then, referring the dictionary frequently, may frustrate you and make you feel hat its too difficult to learn English and you may altogether give your attempts to lean English.
After all you want to Speak engslih not to do any Research on Vocabulary.
Start by reading simple
You need to progress step-by-step, start reading simple stories, Interesting and entertaining stuff. Self help books like, books on positive Thinking; Attitude etc will help you, as the language is simple and clear.
Better now than never.
Observe children; by the time a child is five he picks up a language just by unconscious efforts.
If you consciously try you can improve your language in a short time.
The key here is “imitation”, every child is a great imitator and that makes him a fast learner.
Select The Right Training Centr.
If you join a Training Centre where the Trainer speaks 755 of the time, it will probably take 10-15 years for you to learn proper English, look for a Training centre where the Trainer speaks less and gives you constructive feedback while allowing you to practice.
- Yvonne Solomon.