Is your French up to par with Parisians? Can your Aussie tongue mingle with the local Australian natives? What about your old-style New York accent? If you're in need of improving your accents in different languages, then Amy Walker can help you out.
This is a masterclass from 21 Accents will empower you to teach yourself any accent on the planet. Learn the way Amy learned-- with the world as your classroom.
But before you start learning any accent in any dialect in the world, there's one thing you need to be-- fascinated. You have to be fascinated by people and their vocal sounds or you will not succeed. Being interested and being fascinated are two totally different things. And pay attention. Break the accent down. Observe and analyze.
There's 5 main aspects to learning accents:
1. Pronunciation of consonants and vowels (phonetics).
-- The same 26 letters can be pronounced in as many different ways as they will ever be spoken. However, there is extensive research as to the characteristic phonetics of particular countries, cities, etc. The phonetics of an accent are often a good place to start, but they're only one aspect of speech.
2. Melody and melodic patterns.
-- There is a particular cadence to each person's speech patterns, with geographic proximity often influencing characteristic pacing.
3. Rhythm and stress.
-- We use recognizable melodic patterns to carry meaning, such as a rise or drop in pitch to indicate a question.
4. Grammar and word meaning.
-- Foreign languages structure their grammar very differently than we do in English. As a result, grammar can be miss-matched unintentionally.
5. The vibe.
-- Your accent is a characteristic of your Voice, which is entirely linked to your identity and your being.
Learn how to break down accents into these 5 categories and you can learn just about any accent of any dialect out there.