How to Speak Fluent English....and Get past Fear of Failure
Have you ever set a goal, such as deciding to improve your American English pronunciation, but you have been blocked from accomplishing it by unexpected obstacles?
Maybe it takes longer than you thought, it's harder than you expected, and you are not seeing the results you wanted. What do you do? Do you give up, or do you press on??? We have all been there.
Old speech habits can stop you from making the progress that you thought you would make. But, you have a choice....you can give up and decide that it's too hard to do. Or, you can press on and keep practicing until you master that new pronunciation and you meet the goal of the clearer understandable speech you've always wanted.
For some of you, the blocks happen before you even got started.....You might be afraid that changing your accent will be too hard, too much work, or too expensive. I want to show you how to get through those mental blocks and get started on the path to more understandable speech.
You can't break through those blocks if you don't try, and your speech probably isn't going to get clearer and more understandable on it's own. You need a guide, a coach who can work with you, encourage you, and to help ensure that you meet your accent reduction goals. To encourage you to push through those blocks and start working towards your goals, I would like for you to think about your speech for a few minutes......
I personally want to help you solve your most frustrating "speech block"??? What do you feel is the one thing that always embarrases you about your speech? Which words or sounds do you avoid saying because they are too hard?
What are some things you can do on your own RIGHT NOW to help improve just one aspect of your speech??? Here are some things you could try immediately.
- Listen to the tv news broadcasters and imitate their speech
- Find a dictionary site on the internet that have audio recordings of word pronunciations and commit to practicing at least 30-40 minutes a day.
- Ask a native speaker that you know that speaks well to say the word or words that are difficult and then you try to imitate it.
- Contact an accent reduction specialist and take an American English pronunciation program to improve your speech.
If you truly are not having success on your own, give yourself the gift of working with an experienced American accent reduction specialist. You will get the instruction you need to, the encouragement you crave, and the satisfaction of finally being able to improve your American English pronunciation. For those of you who speak well, please feel free to submit comments on what has helped you improve your speech.