How to improve your English pronunciation without losing your original accent?

How to improve your English pronunciation without losing your French accent?

If you missed the French Business School Alumni in Australia (#FBSAA) August networking event about “English pronunciation and how to nail it!”, here is a short summary of what was said!

Tips for Non-native English speakers to improve their pronunciation

Leonie Tillman, Founder of English for Business (E4B), shared some tips on improving pronunciation. Indeed, good pronunciation can help build trust with your colleagues and feel more comfortable at work.

Leonie Tillman - FBSAA

Pronunciation ≠ Accent

Leonie insisted that there is a difference between accent and pronunciation. Do you know what it is? Accent is to do with identity whereas pronunciation is to do with mechanics. So don’t try to get rid of your French accent; this is part of who you are!

However, if you are sick of repeating yourself or are having trouble making yourself understood and feeling like you could be more effective at work, here are some tips to improve your pronunciation:

  • In English there are liaisons between the words like in French but to a lesser degree. Just pay attention to words beginning with a vowel. For instance, there is a liaison when you say “add up”.
  • Syllables in French are equal in length while in English stress and intonation equates to adding meaning. If you don’t know where to place the stress in multisyllabic words, know that tendency is to place it on the second syllable but there are many exceptions to this rule.
  • There are sometimes dropped sounds when a word finishes by a “d” or a “t” and it is followed by a consonant. For instance “next day” will be “nex day”.
  • Improving communication skills is something that is under your control and practice is the key. 10min every day is a good way to get quick results.
  • Make it fun and not always about business EnglishAudio is the best way to get better. You can watch movies, series or even watch this Youtube video and try to repeat what is said: This would be a great exercise!
  • Ask for feedback! Often your Australian colleagues and friends will not give you feedback to avoid hurting your ego. By asking feedback regularly and acting on it, you will make faster progress!
  • Like in sport, the best way to improve quickly is to get some tailored coaching. Australiance is partnering with E4B to offer weekly group sessions of tailored corporate English for non-native speakers. Contact us on LinkedIn or through the contact page of our website for expatriation to Australia to find out more.
  • Also note that Leonie Tillman has started a LinkedIn Group for information around Corporate English and communication. It’s called Communication for Inclusion, join the group for more update and tips!

 About #FBSAA

FBSAA - English pronunciation

The FBSAA (French Business School Alumni in Australia) is a non-profit unincorporated association designed for Alumni of the French Business Schools living in Australia. 

Cofounded in 2010 by Leo Denes, Australiance founder, the FBSAA goals are to:

– Create a new community with same education background (French business school alumni in Australia),

– Generate business opportunities,

– Organise social and professional networking events,

– Facilitate the integration of new Alumni in Australia,

– Generate business opportunities,

– Organise social and professional networking events,

– Facilitate the integration of new Alumni in Australia,

– Represent French business schools and promote the French business education system in Australia, and

– Help Managers to find qualified staff in Australia

Related pages:
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