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What is Pronunciation and Accent?

Pronunciation
'The act or result of producing the sounds of speech, including articulation, stress, and intonation'

Accent
'A distinctive way of pronouncing a language, especially one associated with a particular country, area, or social class'

Everybody in the world has an accent and we believe this to be a wonderful thing. Accents involve the sound system and rhythms of a particular country. It influences the way you pronounce words. Sometimes a strong international accent can affect a person’s English pronunciation and this can consequently affect their speech clarity. When your accent is affecting your ability to get your message across clearly and be understood easily, Pronounce It’s English Pronunciation Training will help you.

Many people come to Pronounce It to sound clearer and some people don’t have difficult being understood, they simply want to sound like a natuve Australia. This may help them feel more integrated in Australia, it may be because they need the Australian accent for other reasons, for example, for an acting role or other reasons. In this case, Pronounce It’s English Pronunciation Training will help you.

Examples of Common Accent Difficulties
Syllable stress patterns – every accent has it’s own specific rhythm. When we speak English, we use something called Syllable Stress. Syllable stress involves the correct use of stress (emphasis) in the word and then also across a phrase or sentence. This stress allows our words to be easily recognizable to our listener. Sometimes, if we use incorrect stress, the word can sound very different, despite the sounds being correct. For example, saying DEvelop can sound very different to deVElop (correct stress) or SUpplier, sounds different to suPPLYer (correct stress).
Sometimes, because people have a different rhythm of their native language, they don’t stress the important words in their sentences, and this can make it harder for the listener to grasp the main meaning from what they say.

Long vowels:
English has short vowels, long vowels and diphthongs (two short vowels together). Many dialects have only short vowels. Therefore, people will often mistakingly use short vowels to replace the long ones. This can lead to a completely different word, for example ‘sheep’ can become ‘ship’ or it can simply make the word unclear.

Final consonant sounds:
Sometimes, because of a person’s native dialect, they will frequently leave off the sound at the end of their words, e.g ‘wee-‘ for ‘week’ or ‘lo’ for ‘lot’. These final sounds are necessary to ensure the word is clear.

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Pronounce It was founded in 2006 in Melbourne but now services clients both face to face in St Kilda and online throughout Australia
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