Accents American

Day 3/30 American

American accent development

Tongue in the middle

So far, I have paid attention to the three oral postures for developing an American accent. Not to get overwhelmed, I focused on one posture so far: the position of the tongue. It should be relaxed and in the middle of the mouth, behind the lower teeth. I should memorise the said phrase ad nauseum so I can own this accent.


Since I am developing awareness day by day I allow myself to implement another tip: the sigh. Because the default position of American is a relaxed jaw, lip and tongue, the physical act of sighing should help to maintain it. I practised a “duh” and “ə” sighing exercise with my student today, at regular intervals in the lesson.

It’s a fact that penguins can waddle as fast as humans can walk.

Student B

By Matthew

Hello! I'm Matthew and I have more than 11 years of teaching experience with a certified TESOL qualification and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Languages. I specialise in standard American and British accent training. In addition, I am half Japanese (and part German) and have lived in many places including Tokyo, London, Milan, Berlin and Budapest so I know how to bridge different cultures!

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