How Will You Reduce Your Korean Accent?
Is Korean your first language?
Well, if Korean is your first language, you may be using the Korean “sound system” while you speak English.
But, that does not correspond to the actual native English accent which you might hear from Americans and British people.
Korean sound system does not use stress in words and sentences like the way English does.
There are some stressed-syllable vowels in English that don’t exist in the Korean language. So, you need to master all these in order to sound like a native American English speaker. You may not have learned about it if you studied English as a foreign language. All these differences have a subtle impact on the way you communicate in English.
You may get feedback that native English speakers can’t understand you. You may sound flat or impersonal. These feedbacks are more often in workplaces especially when you are dealing with native English speakers.
In order to get rid of your Korean Accent, you must take proper English Training. With this, you can speak English prominently and clearly.
Prior to that, let’s go through some common Questions and Answers, which Korean speakers often ask.
Q: How to Change Your Korean Accent?
There are some people, Koreans, who speak English for several years and still has an accent.
The reason they have an accent is that:
- they don’t care much about their accent
- they are speaking their mother tongue every day
- they hardly took any training on Accent Reduction.
But, if you really want to lose your accent you have to work for that, get familiar with your common mistakes, change the intonation, etc.
With the correct guidance, you can reduce your native Korean accent in 3 months. Again, it depends on the kind of instructor you have and the effort you put in. This is why it is really important for you to get an expert professional as an accent reduction coach who will work with you personally.
Q. What are some of the secrets of reducing Korean Accent?
There are various ways to reduce your Korean accent, but, let’s check out some secrets that will help you immensely:
1) There are short and long vowels in English. In order to train yourself as a native English speaker, you must understand the difference between them.
A common confusion is between the long /e sound/ as in “sheep” and the short /i sound/ as in “ship”. To make a long /e sound/ (like “eeeee”), pull your lips back and shape your mouth as if you are smiling. Practice by saying the words like “sheep”, “sleep”, “deep”, “team”, “green”, “east”. “street”, etc.
Whereas, the lips are not pulled back that far when saying the short /i sound/. This sound can be found in words like “ship”, “slip”, “grin”, and “swim”.
2) You must learn to hear the difference between the/ v/, /b/, /f/, and /p/ sound.
This is a difficult concept for many Koreans since the /f/ and /v/ sound don’t really exist in native Korean language, and the /b/ and /p/ sound are often interchangeable. However, in English, each of these sounds is distinct and unique. In English, if you use the wrong sound, it can easily change the meaning of a word.
3) You also need to learn the difference between the /w/, /r/, and /l/ sounds. This is a challenge since your native language does not really distinguish between these sounds, whereas English does. The /w/ sound is produced by rounding your lips, turning on your voice, and releasing the sound. It comes out as “oooh -uh” at first. The /i/ sound is made by placing the tongue behind the front teeth and turning on the voice. The /r/ is made by pulling the tongue a little farther back in the mouth, keeping the tip of your tongue to the upper palette.
4) You need to understand the difference between voiced and unvoiced sounds. For example “G” uses voice and “K” does not use voice.
Wondering what is this?
Well, put your hand on your throat and say “ahh”. Try saying g-g-g-g-g.
Could you feel the vibration? Your voice is on.
Now say k-k-k-k. You should not feel the vibration like the way you felt it while pronouncing “ahh” and “g-g-g”.
Q: How soon can you reduce your native Korean accent?
It’s a common phenomenon for a native Korean speaker to have an accent when speaking English. The degree or severity of accent varies from person to person, depending on specific sound differences.
Some Koreans who speak English for more than 20 years still has an accent. However, with hard work and proper training, the issues with accent can be resolved quickly.
With the correct guidance, you can reduce your native Korean accent in 3 months. Provided you take training from astute professionals of English Language. Your instructor will guide you through the basics and also teach you the advanced techniques of speaking English like a native speaker. Thus, it is really important for you to get in touch with an expert accent reduction coach who will work with you personally.
Accent reduction takes lots of practice and perseverance. In fact, some of the students or working professionals, it takes more time than normal. But you have the zeal and interest to speaking English like the way the native British or American do, then you will certainly achieve your target.
It is not uncommon to have an accent even after years of staying in a country where the native tongue is English. However, an accent can be an asset that sets you ahead.
Sometimes an accent can stand as a barrier in your communication. You may face speech breakdowns and it can be tougher to express your thoughts clearly to the listener.
Whatever be it, just don’t give up! Work on your weaknesses, improve your pronunciation, and practice daily to improve your English.
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