Today I'm back to practicing reading. Why is it important? Well, most textbooks and accent trainers focus on isolated sounds and words, and that's OK. The problem then begins that when you start TALKING to people, you don't just use isolated sounds and words (unless you're not fluent, but that's a story for another day). When you begin speaking fluently you'll notice that a) when sounds come together they may sound differently, b) some of them disappear, c) the word stress and intonation are a pain in the behind (sorry), d) the way you pronounce sounds in speech tends to go back to your "Default" option (which is more heavily accented than in isolation). I was working with someone the other day, and whenever I slowed him down and asked him to repeat a word, he'd do just fine. But in a sentence he'd still go back to the accent that sometimes made it more difficult to understand several words together.
So in this sentence I want you to focus on a) assimilation (when /d/ and /j/ come together they sound like *dzh (as in John); b) the vowels i: and i are different in words theme and this (the ability to distinguish them will come handy when you say beach and b*tch). Here's the sentence then for your practice (this is from the book "Lead Yourself First" by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin that I'm reading now): "To lead others, you must first lead yourself. That, ultimately, is the theme of this book." #accentreduction #accenttraining #pronunciationtips #amreading #fluency #immigrants #englishpronunciation