I am often asked, “Where are you from?” While I look Asian, I was raised by a Caucasian family in the Midwest and have an American English (more specifically Midwestern) accent. (My husband has pointed out that my accent becomes even more pronounced when I am with my family). Many people with whom I have discussed this question also believe the meaning behind this question can be confusing for those of us who are asked. Several possible intended questions come to mind:
Voicing is a term used to categorize speech sounds.
You can test this by putting your fingers on your throat. If you feel your throat vibrate when you say the sound, it is voiced. If you don’t, it is voiceless.
Let’s try it. Put your fingers on your throat and say, “B, D, G.” If you feel your fingers vibrate, that means these sounds are voiced. Did you feel them vibrate?..Yes, these are voiced sounds!
ALL vowels are also voiced.
Now let’s try to feel the difference between that and voiceless sounds. Put your fingers on your throat and say, “P, T, K.” You can’t feel your fingers vibrate, can you? That means these sounds are voiceless.
I am excited to announce that English Accent Tutor has recently been invited to speak to the Job Networking Club at the Washington Accueil Association on Friday, May 13th, 2016.
At this presentation, I will be discussing the following:
- How code switching can help individuals communicate more effectively
- Differences between Standard American English and French language systems
- American English sounds French people usually struggle to pronounce
- The process of changing an accent (accent modification)
- Strategies to help you change your accent
- American English intonation and stress patterns
- Helpful resources for people wanting to improve their accents
And much more
I want to thank Sybille Ozanian for inviting me to present.
I look forward to meeting those of you who will be attending!