Important Sounds You Need to Practice to Speak with an American Accent
The common question non-native English speakers often ask is “How to master the skills of speaking in an American Accent?”
And the Instructors from Localmasters Team always tell the students and working professionals to practice some key sounds that are used by Native English Speakers.
Practicing English pronunciation can bring significant results:
- Minimizes confusion during conversations
- Helps with reading and communication
- Makes you feel more confident while communicating in English with friends and co-workers
Sounds you need to Master to Speak with an American Accent
/P/ sound is created while you put your lips together firmly, stop the air flow, and then pop the lips open. The air is briefly prevented from leaving the mouth by closing the lips.
Here are some words with the /p/ sound. To get the real feel of it, check out how it’s pronounced in this online tool – click here
Pot, Peter, Pay, Play, Help, Apple, Personally, Perspective, Persuade, Pet, Philosophy, Phone, Photo, Photograph, Physical, Physician, Piano, Pick, Picture, Pie, Ponder, Pen, Potent, Panther, Pineapple, Pace, Page, Pen, Paint, Pan, Panic, Paper, Park, Phase, Parent, Pack, Pair
/sh/ sound is created by pushing air through the mouth and the sides of the tongue may touch the lower teeth. /sh/ is basically a voiceless sound which means the vocal cords do not vibrate when you make the sound.
Here are some words with the /sh/ sound. To get the real feel of it, check out how it’s pronounced in this online tool – click here
Sugar, Sure, Mention, Chef, Chicago, Ocean, Sacred, Sad, Sick, Sake, Salad, Salary, Sale, Sense, Salt, Same, Sample, Sanction, Salt, Sand, Sold, Satisfy, Sauce, Save, Saving, Scale, Scandal, Scenario, Scene, Schedule, Scheme, Scholar, School, Science, Scientist, Score, Scope
While making /m/ sound, the lips are pressed together, causing the air to be briefly blocked from leaving the mouth. While making /m/ sound the air is released through your nose. To simplify, press your lips together and make a humming sound.
Here are some words with the /m/ sound. To get the real feel of it, check out how it’s pronounced in this online tool – click here
Mother, My, Tomorrow, Mask, Monkey, Monday, Me, Mine, Modern, Melody, Omni, Amber, Memory, Mind, Mental, Meadow, Middle, Means, Mango, Merge, Impulse, Immunity, Imperative, Monologue, Mask, Munch, Measure, Mandate, Imperial
To create the /t/ sound, air is briefly prevented from leaving the mouth while the tip of the tongue presses against the upper tooth ridge; and the sound is made when the air is released. To simplify, place the tip of the tongue against the upper tooth palette, stop the air briefly and then release.
Here are some words with the /t/ sound. To get the real feel of it, check out how it’s pronounced in this online tool – click here
Tree, Tropical, Trim, Task, Team, Tom, Twelve, Tray, Tooth, Tamper, Toss, Tamarind, Teaser, Tame, Tomato, Tumble, Transform, Tape, Tropical, Tactics, Timber, Tweak, Test, Taste, Teach, Temper, Temporary, Ten, Tenant, Tiff, Tax, Tea, Tune, Tone, Tram, Trick, Track
The /r/ sound is a bit tricky. Actually, it can be pronounced in various ways. But the most authentic being the tip of the tongue does not touch the tooth ridge. Just keep the tongue back and don’t touch anything inside your mouth. Then you round your lips and push the air forward.
Here are some words with the /r/ sound. To get the real feel of it, check out how it’s pronounced in this online tool – click here
Ride, Rabbit, Hard, Fire, Run, Rice, Rat, Red, Wrist, Rabbit, Ribbon, Radio, Race, Rich, Ring, Write, Rock, Read, Bird, Horse, Iron, Arm, Fork, Pirate, Turtle, Earth, Park, Corn, Dear, Ear, Tear, Mother, Doctor, Dollar, Car, Flower, Father, Ribbon, Rural, Risk, Rack, Wrong
The /w/ sound is similar to the /o/ and /u/ sound. In case of /w/ sound, lips are slightly more closed. You need to relax your tongue, round your lips. The sound is made while releasing your lips.
Here are some words with the /w/ sound. To get the real feel of it, check out how it’s pronounced in this online tool – click here
Water, Ways, Where, When, Whistle, Away, Sweet, Walk, White Winter Wood, Word, Cow, Few, New Saw, Snow, Yellow, Wanton, Week, Weak, Worry, Awesome, Wool, Wonder, Wander, Wish, Will, Follow, Allow, Crew, Crow, Witch, Win, Winner
So, you have already practiced pronouncing various words. It’s time to try some long words. For the big words, break it down into syllables at the time of pronouncing. It will be easier to figure out the sound.
Here are some words. To get the real feel of it, check out how it’s pronounced in this online tool – click here
Underprivileged, Unprecedented, Specialist, Traditionalized, Acknowledged, Unacknowledged, Contradicted, Emphasized, Categorized, Structuralized, Connected, Sophisticated, Interrupted, Satisfaction, Scholarship, Photography, Photographer, Phenomenon
Now, you have reached the advanced stage. Here you will read out the sentences that consists of various words with different sounds. Keep practicing till the time you feel absolutely confident in pronouncing each of them.
– The athlete entered the high jump event.
– He ran so much that he was breathless.
– The earthquake destroyed the road.
– They are eating healthy food.
– Mouthwash makes your mouth feel fresh.
– There is nothing in your pockets.
– The panther is resting.
– The python is wrapped around the tree.
– The stethoscope is on the floor.
– The toothache was painful.
– The dentist gave a new toothbrush.
– Toothpaste will keep your teeth clean.
– He has a toothpick in his mouth.
– My grandparents are youthful.
– He took a nice hot bath.
– The blacksmith makes old fashioned swords.
– She made a call from the phone booth.
– She could see her breathe in the cold.
– We live on planet earth.
– He came in fourth in the race.
– She is working on a math problem.
– She has white teeth in her mouth.
– The compass said to walk north.
– She made an oath to tell the truth.
– They followed the sign to go south.
– She has very white teeth.
– The dentist pulled her tooth.
English is one of the world’s most popular languages. Like every other language, English is filled with exceptions in pronunciation. However, with constant practice and good training, you can certainly master the skills of pronouncing each English word in American Accent. To know more about such practice sessions, feel free to contact Localmasters Team at (firstname.lastname@example.org).