字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 - Hi, I'm Lisa. In this video, you will learn four tips that will help you improve your accent fast. You will listen to me teaching a student from India, who was able to change his accent, and he spoke a lot more clearly, When I taught him these tips. I was working with Kranthi Kumar Chougoni, he has a PhD and he's a postdoctoral scholar in a university here, in Los Angeles. His work involves clinical research in cancer biology and cancer therapeutics. You will see him applying these four tips. I gave these four tips when I was interviewed by the communication coach, Alex Lyon, for his YouTube channel. I will show you parts of that interview. After that I will explain each tip and I will also show you how Kranthi was able to apply the tip and improve the sound of his American accent. I hope that this video will inspire you to practice the same way. Let's watch. - Welcome, Lisa, it's great to have you on the channel. - It's great to be here, Alex. Thank you for having me. - You were telling me the other day that the correct pronunciation can be intimidating. So, what advice would you give to become more confident about how to pronounce words when you're doing public speaking? - It's really important that you can correctly pronounce all of the words that you regularly use at the workplace. So I suggest that people make a list of maybe 30 or 40 or 50 of the most common words related to their job. So an engineer would have words related to engineering, a doctor would have medical words on that list. Don't assume that you are pronouncing them correctly. Sometimes people may not want to tell you that they don't understand you, they might just nod their heads. But in actuality, they're not quite sure they understood, and if you just fix the pronunciation of those key words, your accent will change so much. It's what I find over and over again. For example, I was working with a doctor, and she said, "Lisa, please help me. Every time I ask this question to my patients, they look at me and they don't understand." And the question is, would you like a refill? Refill has two syllables. She stressed the second syllable, and she said something like this, "Would you like a Re-FILL? Would you like a Re-FILL?" And when I explained to her that we need to stress the first syllable and say, "RE-fill," and we prolong that vowel, because when we stress a syllable, the vowel is longer and it's louder and your pitch goes up. So three elements of stress: louder, longer, and higher in pitch. Refill, refill. Would you like a refill? And just by changing that, suddenly people understood her question. A lot of my students struggle with the correct syllable stress of the word, "develop". Kranthi was stressing the first syllable. He was saying, "DEvelop," instead of the second syllable, "deVELop." Let's listen to the way he said, "develop," and then you will see how we practiced it, and how he was able to fix it. - Yeah, I got this thing in my mind to develop this American accent, and I think I'm stressing everything. I'm not natural like. - That's- - This thing in my mind, to develop this American accent. - That's normal. Okay, so let's talk about stressing the right syllable. - Mm-mm. - Develop has three syllables, you said, "develop," and that's not correct. Let's stress the second syllable, develop. - Develop. - Good, develop. - Develop. - Now, can we use it in a sentence? - I'd like to develop some- - No! You said, "develop," do it again. - Yeah, I'd like to develop, sorry. I'd like to develop... - Try again. - Develop. - No, it's got develop. Three syllables, develop. We're gonna stress the second one. - Develop. - Develop. - Develop. - That's right, do it again. - Develop. - Good. - Develop. I would like to develop. I would like to develop. I would like to develop. - In the following three words, Kranthi was stressing the first syllable. Develop, we need to stress the second syllable. Combinations, in that case, the third syllable needs to be stressed. Pancreatic. The third syllable should also be stressed in that one. - I would like to develop some new drug combinations for treating pancreatic cancer. - You said, "combination." - Yeah. - Once again, just like develop, you stressed the first syllable. The third one should be stressed, combination. Let's reduce the C O M, - Mm-mm. - so it's not com, - Yeah. - it's combination. - Combination. - Excellent. - Mm-mm. - Pancreatic. A, open your mouth for the a. - Pancreatic. - Good, pancreatic. - Pancreatic. - Pancrea, ea, pancreatic. - Pancreatic. - That's beautiful, do it again? - My goal is to develop new combinations to treat pancreatic cancer. - That sounds really good. - My goal is to develop new combinations to treat pancreatic cancer. My goal is to develop new combinations to treat pancreatic cancer. So I suggest make your list of words, that you regularly use at the workplace, and you can include words like, the name of your company that you work for, and maybe some coworkers, whose names are difficult for you to pronounce. And then you can ask a native speaker to record those words for you. And then you can practice saying them over and over again, and when you know that you are pronouncing them correctly, you will feel a lot more confident about your communication skills. - That's excellent, I love it. You don't have to know everything, but if you focus just on those - Right. - lists of keywords then, your overall pronunciation will come across much more smooth. So, on video when, - Absolutely. - and when I do public speaking, I am always mindful about my pace, because I tend to get excited and I speak too quickly. So what advice would you have for non-native speakers, about their speed, when they're giving a presentation? - The number one tip I would give, is slow down. Most people speak too quickly without realizing it. And sometimes non-native speakers want to sound like they're fluent in English. And so, they decide to speak more quickly, because they say, "Well, native speakers of English, speak really fast and I want to appear more like a native speaker." Yes, native speakers speak quickly, but they follow the rules of stress and reduction. They followed these rules unconsciously. For example, when we say, "I should not have done that" We don't say, "I should not have done that." We say, "I shouldn't have done that." I shouldn't have done that." So that's pretty quick, but we're following rules. We're still stressing that key word and we're reducing other words.