Accent Reduction: Be Heard, Understood, Get Ahead in Life

Step-by-step instruction in accent reduction. A proven system that has helped hundreds reduce the accent and get ahead.
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Accent Reduction for Professionals Who Want to Get Ahead Professionally

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A Life Changing Course!

"This is not just a course of 4 hours, it is a course that holds the potential to change your life. It changed my accent dramatically, it will change yours too. I followed each and every techniques she talked about, that's because it's well explained and easy to follow. I wish I could talk to her over the phone to show her how much I improved my accent. Certainly, a highly recommended course for every non-native speakers of English." by SAJIB.

Great course

The whole idea of the course is new and sure will help a lot of people from all cultures to improve their accent... highly recommended by Maged Koshty

Great Course

By explaining those rules using examples, helped a lot and made me feel more comfortable since I truly understand why and how to speak, hence the reduction to my accent. Faisal Rehman

Great Course

By explaining those rules using examples, helped a lot and made me feel more comfortable since I truly understand why and how to speak, hence the reduction to my accent. Sandeep Kumar

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Tracy ... Thanks for such a great course. I am getting a lot of value from this course. Milciades Andrion,

    Are you tired of repeating yourself?

    Are you not getting ahead because your accent is creating a barrier?

    (Bonus FREE course with enrollment in this course, check the bottom of the page)

    It's actually easier than you might think to reduce your accent and get ahead. Accent reduction is a technique that is primarily centered around correcting missing/mispronunced vowels and consonants. There are other parts to accent reduction including intonation and stress and they are all included in this course that is jam packed with great technique you can easily start applying today.

    A great course for anyone who is struggling with a thick or heavy accent. Especially individuals who are well aware that their accent needs to be neutralized because it's getting in the way of their business and personal success.

    In this course, you will learn every step needed, from start to finish, how to reduce your accent.

    This course covers placement, identifying mother tongue issues and correcting, learning how to pronounce vowels and consonants that have been problematic or non-existent in the past. This course will teach you how to vowel and consonant inversions indicative of mother tongue influences. This course will teach the subtle nuances that are so important in reducing your accent so you can speak with more clarity, including intonation, pacing, stress, phrasing and thought groups and pronunciation. This course will also cover several valuable bits for greater success with presentations including driving to the end of words, pacing, pausing and breathing.

    Why should you take this course? If you have struggled in the past with a heavy or thick accent, research shows that by reducing your accent you will be able to get past barriers that have held you back in business and socially. You will neutralize your accent with this technique and build more confidence in your speaking, presentations and instruction.

    No materials are needed for this course. Each component is taught via video with supporting materials that include PDF worksheets, quizzes and audio examples.

    The course is comprehensive and more lessons and exercises will be added along the way. The length of time for completion depends on how much time you spend watching the videos and applying the techniques. I've seen people reduce their accents in a few short weeks.

    In addition, I update this course on a regular basis. I have already updated the course two times by adding numerous videos, audios and training materials. I will continue to update the course on a regular basis.

    I also am willing to review your work, your sound. If you send me an audio, I will review it and give you an assessment of what you need to focus on to improve your sound. I am also available in the discussion area and easy to access.

    I offer a 30 day money back guarantee. I stand behind my work completely and know that you will benefit from this course. However, if you are not satisfied, I do offer a money back guarantee.

    Also, get my course 8 Crucial Techniques to Be More Engaging in Videos for FREE on enrollment.

    What are the requirements?

    • Students need to have no prior knowledge of anything at the beginning of the course.
    • Students will receive instruction from start to finish on how to identify issues and correct them.

    What am I going to get from this course?

    • Identify Mother Tongue Differences and Correct Them
    • Have Improved Self-Esteem
    • Know the Difference Between Voiced and Voiceless Sounds
    • Identify and Correctly Speak All Vowels and Consonants
    • Speak With Less Error in Pronunciation
    • Understand and Be Able to Apply Intonation
    • Understand and Be Able to Apply Stress
    • Speak With a More Neutral Accent
    • Understand and Apply Phrasing Groups and Connecting Vowels and Consonants
    • Speak With Greater Confidence
    • Not Have to Repeat Self as Much
    • Speak With More Clarity on the Phone
    • Understand Pausing
    • Be Able to Drive to the End and Articulate Better Than Before
    • Understand the Different Vowel Sounds
    • Give Presentations and Course Lectures With Greater Clarity
    • Be a More Engaging Speaker

    Who is the target audience?

    • This course is for anyone who struggles with a thick or heavy accent.
    • This course is for anyone who is struggling to get ahead in business because their accent is keeping them back.
    • This course is for anyone who constantly has to repeat themselves or is hesitant to speak because of their accent.
    • This course is for anyone who struggles to give presentations and have them be engaging and understood by their audience.
    • This course is perfect for course instructors both live and online, especially instructors, like those teaching courses on Udemy that reach a large global and English speaking audience.
    • This course is perfect for those who will like to get ahead in social circles but their accent is in the way.
    • This course is perfect for those who want to boost their self-confidence in speaking.
    • This course is for any level of student, there is no begging, inermediate or advanced level, but anyone, with any accent from any region that wants to improve their speaking and reduce their mother tongue.

    What you get with this course?

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    Section 1: Introduction and Course Basics

    Welcome to Accent Reduction! I'm so delighted to have you here and you are going to change your life for the better by reducing your accent. I'll show you how, step by step. If you ever feel lost or need more help, don't hesitate to message me. This course is as hands on as an online course can be. From start to finish I will walk you through each issue and give you exact examples of how to fix them and samples to listen to. In addition, there are many, many pdf's with practice exercises and information for you to use and learn from.


    Many of you have struggled with a number of setbacks because your accent is strong or thick. There are many issues from social challenges to not getting ahead at work, but the biggest concern is destruction of self-esteem.The biggest issues found are vowel and consonant differences, either they are missing or they are inverted with other sounds, these are addressed in the course. The second issue is the intonation and stress that is so crucial for a flow in English. These items are addressed as well, step by step in the course.


    There are so many benefits of reducing your accent. Most important is of course, improving your self-confidence. But, you can improve your social standing and your business and career positioning by reducing your accent as well. I've seen hundreds of individuals reduce their accent and feel better about themselves so they get ahead, they improve their confidence, they no longer have to repeat themselves and their business and social standing soars. The same will happen for you.


    Known around the globe as The Red Sweater Lady for my extensive collection of communication and speaking training, I love teaching voice and accent reduction as well as my other communication courses. Here is just a little bit about my background which spans over many, many years.


    Accent Reduction truly is specialized to the student. In this course, I try to cover every single issue I've dealt with across the globe. Some of the bits won't be necessary for you, others will. In this course I try to address the different mother tongue issues that are prevalant in each mother tongue. All of the countries are different in their vowel and consonant issues. I address all of the major issues and break down, later on in the course, what is indicitive to each region. In addition, the conversational flow of English is essential, that is addressed as well.

    Section 2: Placement

    It's definitely important to get very clear on what you want to become and what is standing in your way. By listening to other speakers, native English speakers with good articulation, ideally, and then comparing their pronunciation and sound to yours, you will quickly be able to see what letters and sounds and nuances you are missing.


    Many accent reduction courses teach you to listen to yourself. I ask you to not listen to yourself unless directed. It's essential, to create a solid shift and embed it in the muscle memory that you learn to feel the work, rather than memorize what it sounds like. Most instructors of accent reduction teach you to listen to yourself. In my experience over the years, this method is not as consistent. But, each teacher has their own method, this is mine and I've seen it work, I've experienced it working on myself.


    It's essential that you learn to feel what it feels like when it's right. The reason for this is to embed the correct way to speak, say vowles and consonants and place words into your muscle memory. Once vocal patterns are in the muscle memory, you will be able to call on them forever with ease.


    Reducing your accent is huge, it's like adjusting a part of who you are. Well, actually, that's exactly what I'm trying to say. The way that I teach accent reduction is not such that you can turn the shifts on and off. Of course, I'm not sure why you would want to do that anyway. But, it's a life shift, just so we are clear.


    Not to panic you, but, just to caution you in advance. Every so often, people that I work with on accent reduction, have people close to them that make a big deal about the changes in the students voice. Do not let this discourage you. I want you to see it as a compliment that you are making progress.


    Every language/dialect/person has a speaking pattern. This is okay unless it starts to get in the way of you being understood. In this lecture I talk about patterns and how to manage them if you think you have one.


    Often times I'm asked about things not sounding or feeling right, being overdone. In this lecture I talk about the hows and whys of laying in technique and how it all works.


    There is a place, in your face, that the air hits and the sound is formed. It's important to know where the sound hits, because, if it's to far back or to low it could affect your ability to be understood. Placement is a part of the accent reduction process in my training.


    In this video, I'll teach you how to find your point of placement. Discover where the vibration of your sound is and we may want to adjust it depending on if it's effecting your overall articulation and sound or not. It's key to know where your sound is hitting to make sure that's where you want it to be, where you want the sound to reside. If it's not in the right place, it's not difficult to move it.


    If your sound is resting in the back of your mouth or in the bottom of your jaw, you must move the sound, adjust the placement forward. The way we do this is through stretching the mouth, the jaw and this is done by doing a certain word set which create a certain placement. This video explains how.

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    If you have discovered that your vibration is to far in the back of your mouth or in the bottom of your jaw, then you want to bring your sound more forward. In order to do that, you need to overstretch the sound and force it more forward. Practice this wordlist to move things forward.


    If your sound is resting to far forward or to high, you must move it back. The goal, to have the sound hit right in the middle of the mouth. This is done similar to bringing the sound forward. By utilizing a certain word set, the placement can be adjusted to the back. It's especially important to practice this and stretch this muscle backwards. I'll show you how in this video.

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    If you are finding that your vibration is heavy in your lips and you are a classic mumbler, then you need to send your sound backward. Use this word list to practice sending the sound back.


    It's essential that you create as much space in your mouth cavity as possible. Open the mouth but bring the lips forward, this will stretch the muscles and re-train the chamber to be more open, which creates a better sound and makes for great articulation.


    It's essential, especially for many accents that tend to be delivered rapidly, that you learn to drop your jaw. In this video I'll show you how and discuss the importance of this action. Most people don't open their mouth and for some mother tongues, cultures, it's really bad. Even Americans, who speak English struggle with this. But, in order to be understood and to learn to place many of these sounds, it's essential to drop your jaw.


    Forward stretch is one of the ways you can learn to release your jaw to get your jaw moving and your words out. In this video, I'll show you the mechanics of the forward stretch. However, it's also a great stretch. The benefits are numerous, but the most important, is of course, reducing the tension of the jaw.


    When you are learning new placements and vowels and consonants, it's a great idea to over do your practice so things will fall back where they need to be. This video will explain more.


    Many times students are unsure about how much to practice. There is a definite method that works best. In this lecture I talk about best practice for getting the fastest and most solid results as you lay in a new layer to the muscle memory.

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    In this chapter you will find a summary of everything you learned in Part Two

    Section 3: Consonants

    One of the biggest issues for many people is that their mother tongue does not include letters that English does. This can be th, l, r or others. The biggest missing consonants in other languages include: j, z, l, r, f, p. If you are missing those letters in your speaking, this could be a big part of the problem in being understood.


    There are two types of sounds that can be made with different consonants.

    Voiced is where the sound is made with a vibration.

    Voiceless is where the sound is made by a puff of air.


    This audio contains words with the voiced TH sound.


    Vowels are spoken with voiced sound or voiceless. In this video I'll teach you what is voiced and when to use it.

    Voiced and Voiceless TH
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    Other consonants are delivered with air which is called voiceless. In this video I'll teach you more about what is voiceless and how to do it.


    This audio contains words with the voiceless or air sounding TH.

    Voiceless TH
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    In this document you will find examples of words where the voiced and voiceless TH are used.

    Voiced and Voiceless TH Words


    Word endings are very important in the English language. Many other dialects do not say the endings of words. Often times, this is one of the glaring issues for people. Make sure you hit your endings. In this video I'll show you how.

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    Example words and sound audio for you to practice tapping endings so they are not overdone but can also be heard.


    Many endings are stops. Often times, if you notice, the endings of English words include p, t, k, d, s, th, b, all stops. Be very aware of endings and stops, which should be pronounced but stop.


    One of the challenges that individuals face in accent reduction is the difference in voiced and voiceless. This is most apparent with the letter combination TH, which is often not even a letter combination for many countries mother tongue. Here is an example of the difference in sound.


    Plosives are consonants that are exploded out of the mouth with air. In this video, you will learn about plosives and how to say them.


    The nasal consonants are M and N. In this video, I'll go over how to say M and N and where to place your tongue for both.


    This audio includes the letter M sound in words.


    This audio includes words with the letter N sound.


    While this is not a course in phonetics I do use a phonetics base in combination with the work of Lessac to create a structure that numerous clients have found success with over the years. When it comes to sh and ch it can get very confused and there is a voiced and voiceless component that I also like to add a middle piece to. In this lecture I give you an overview of the differences between sh and ch.


    Often times the sounds for the letter combinations of SH and CH are switched. In this video you will gain clarity on the sounds for the consonants SH and CH.


    The J sound is missing in several accents. J is actually a two part sound and is formed a certain way in the mouth. In this video I'll teach you how to pronounce J and start to use it properly.


    DZ can be a tricky sound. This video will help you understand how to pronounce this letter combination that makes one sound.

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    DZ can be a tricky sound. It's similar to J but different. DZ combines both the d and the z sound, but might not necessarily include the letter Z. Words is a DZ sound at the end with ds, as is bands and other words included on the word list attached.

    DZ vs. J Sound
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    Th and F oftentimes get switched up. In this video you will see the difference in Th and F.


    Many cultures switch out the D and T sounds. This can be problematic. In this video you will learn the difference in the sound of D and T.


    Z sound can be very closely related to voiced TH. In this audio you will hear what the z sound should sound like and how to make it.


    Some cultures switch up the Z and SH sounds. In this video you will learn to hear the difference in this sounds.


    This audio contains words with the letter S sound.


    This audio contains words with the letter Z sound.


    The voiced TH and the Z sound can be very similar. In this audio you will hear the difference between the two sounds.


    V and W sounds are commonly inverted, especially in German and Slavic conutries. If you are inverting V and W, it is possible that people can not completely follow you. In this video, you learn to decipher between V and W.


    This audio contains words with the letter V sound.


    This audio contains words with the letter W sound.

    V and W
    3 questions

    L and R are often mixed up in Asian and other mother tongues. In this video I explain the difference.

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    R is one of the most problematic letters for people who are trying to learn English and reduce their accent. R often times does not exist or is given to much stress. Learn about R and how to say it here.


    This audio contains words with the letter R.


    This audio contains words with the letter L.

    L and R Quiz
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    F and H are similar but different. Some mother tongue's get these confused. Learn in this video the difference.


    K can often be seen as the letter K or the letter C. This audio explains the sound and has words with both C and K so you can hear the sound.


    This audio contains words with the letter J sound.


    The B sound is very similar to the P sound, however, the B is voiced, between the lips with air and sound. Learn how to sound out and place B in this video.


    The letter P is placed exactly the same as the letter B, however, the difference is, in P, there is no voiced, it is only a puff of air that creates the P sound.


    In this video you will get to hear a comparison of B next P, voiced vs. air and the different sounds next to each other, side by side.


    Many mother tongues have a dominant consonant. I've seen a number of these occur including m, r, f and others. If you have a dominate consonant, you must make sure to not drop the letters that come before the dominant and always reduce the stress on the dominant.


    The English language has the vowels A E I O U. The problem is for many that each vowlel has at least two different sounds that go with it.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the long A.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the short a.


    Many sounds do not exist in many cultures. For some of the Latin cultures, as well as other mother tongues, the sound of IH as in living does not exist. In this video, I'll teach you how to make the IH sound and when to use it.


    For many cultures, IH, the sound is replaced or made with the sound of the American long E. In this video, I'll compare IH and E so if you are inverted the sounds, hopefully this video will clear it up for you.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the long E.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the short e.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the long I.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the short i.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the long O.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the short o.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the long U.


    In this audio you will hear the sound of the short u.


    The schwa sound is tricky and something that makes the English language flow.  But, for many people who are not native speakers and for some that are, the schwa is a real mystery.  In this video I teach about the schwa and how to correct it.

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    In this lecture you will see a summary of everything you learned in Part Three

    Section 4: Nuance for Flow and Conversation

    There are 3 key pieces that you must learn to add in for sounding clear in the English language. English speakers will always listen for phrasing groups, intonation and stress. In addition to the vowel and consonant work it's essential that you master these 3 strategies.


    Stress is huge in the English language. It's essential that you add in stress to improve your English, reduce your accent, sound more natural and conversational. In this video I'll show you how. Stress is where you add extra emphasis. It's very important in the English language, American accent, but what gets tricky is that it's different than many mother tongues. So, it's essential for the speaker to understand the difference and learn how to accomodate.


    Here in this audio you will hear sentences that have different words stressed.


    In this Lecture you will get a video example of putting stress on different words. In this unit, I will read some dialogue for you, showing you how to put stress and options that you have based on the emotional content you want to convey.

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    We have talked about how important stressing certain words is, but it's just as important to have others not stressed. There are words that are stressed and there are words that are not. Many speakers put a stress on every word or none of them. It's key to find the right words to stress and stress only them, not all or none. In this video I'll show you how.


    Intonation is pitch and the way pitch rises and falls in the English language. Intonation is essential for comprehension. In this video, I'll teach you intonation. Intonation is key to understand what the person is really saying, what the emotion is behind the words. In addition, intonation creates the timbre or sound that English speakers are accustomed to hearing and listening for.


    Here is an audio sample of Questions so you can hear what inflection/stress on certain words sounds like.


    Phrasing and thought groups are key in being understood. In English, we tend to group words together that go together. If you will learn this rhythm, it will help you with your accent reduction efforts. In addition, phrasing and though groups create the sound, the flow, that many people listen for, it determines meaning.


    When it comes to nuance, one of the things you must do to sound more natural with your English is link vowels and consonants. In this video I'll show you how. It's very common for words to be connected together by vowel and consonant endings. By doing this, you create a flow with your words that is easier to follow and does not sound so choppy. In this video I'll teach you how.

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    Stress is key in sounding more like an English speaker. Nouns and Verbs have different places where the stress is applied. In this video I'll explain where to put the stress on each.

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