of your speech
Clarity of speech
The English language is quite extraordinary. Well over a billion people speak English, but the vast majority of these speak English outside the United Kingdom. Much stock has been placed upon pronunciation and accent over the years and one of the top requests I hear is the desire to speak ‘proper’ English, ‘The Queen’s English’.
In reality, English is an international language, used effectively in many countries, both professionally and personally. The huge variety of accents I come across in my work is a constant source of interest in my teaching. Time and time again – above all else – it is improving the clarity of speech that proves to be the key to overcoming the struggles clients are experiencing.
“Clear, unambiguous production leads to consistent understanding from others, and a greater appreciation of the rich tapestry of English pronunciation.”
Understanding and accurately producing the vowel sounds of English – in spite of their frequently irregular spellings! – is an important factor in the clarity of your speech. But it is unnecessary to ‘reduce’ or ‘soften’ your accent in the process. Far more important than the exact sound of your vowels is their consistency. Clear, unambiguous production of the sounds in English will lead you to a voice that supports consistent understanding from others while retaining your distinctive speech pattern. This builds a greater appreciation of the ways our accents form part of the rich tapestry of English pronunciation.
Whatever your stumbling blocks, I will work with you to diagnose the areas that make your speech less than clear. In my experience, we all respond individually to different learning styles, so we will establish the most effective style of learning for you and focus our learning via this methodology.
Want to know more?
Use these diagnostic questions
to see how you could benefit:
Do you find that others frequently ask you to repeat yourself or to clarify something you have said?
Do you find the inconsistency between sounds and spellings in English confusing or frustrating?
Do you find it hard to differentiate English words that have similar sounds?
Do you want a greater consistency of vowel production and articulation in your speech?