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How to reduce German accent for American English

How can you reduce your accent and improve your American English? German native speakers tend to have an oral posture characterised by a tight lip. If you pay attention to their mouths when speaking, their lips come together and they show less teeth, compared to American speaking. Watch my best impression of German curse words and see how tight the lips are:

In order to pull off a convincing German accent, you must make the jaw and lips tight. Whereas for American English quite the opposite must happen- the jaw must be lax. So developing an accent is all about CONTROL. We must allow the jaw to control the articulation/speech to sound American. How? Do these three exercises:

Exercise 1 Lips

The exaggerated smile. Lips corners stretch back fully. Next, lips corners join like a goldfish. German as well as French speakers will benefit from this exercise.

German as well as French speakers will benefit from this exercise. It retrains your lips and cheek muscle for optimal English pronunciation.

Exercise 2 Jaw

Bring the jaw on side to side and make kissing sounds on each side. This may look silly but it will loosen the jaw so you can sound more American with this one exercise. Repeat for a few minutes daily until it becomes second nature. Watch the video from 1.16.

Exercise 3 Tongue

To improve your American accent, we need full control of our tongue too. So here is an exercise for your to harness your tongue muscle. With the following exercise, you should be able to articulate ever-important sounds for American English such as the retroflex R or bunched R sounds.

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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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