Dear @Vlad_B, This programme helps to understand how every single letter is pronounced and is pronounced in connection with other letters. What I liked most where the so-called "minimal pairs". Those are words that are almost the same but pronounced slightly differently: sheep - ship thing - thin bet - vet You can find a lot of these just googling for "minimal pairs". Nailing the pronunciation of these can help a lot. Just practice saying the pairs and pay attention to the differences. Additional to that, it looked at the rhythm of the English language (which usually is overlooked in language classes!). Check out Youtube for free resources on that and experiment speaking with the rhythm (keep in mind that the rhythm changes a lot from e.g. British to American to Australian English etc.) If you really want to go deep and improve your pronunciation a lot, check out https://www.speakmoreclearly.com/ and https://www.mimicmethod.com/ I've used both and liked them. Keep in mind though, that you get out of the programmes that which you put in: Low energy and effort = almost no results; high energy and effort = big results ;-) Hope that helps, Jorim
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@Madhu-Nag-Shety wrote: Hi, I'm an Indian and like most Indians my accent is quite thick. It's observed that fellow Indians normally follow what I speak, but have never taught a foreign national.. Does this restrict my reach only to Indians? Do I have to change my accent to expand my reach? Could some one please help me understand what role does ones accent or pronunciation play on being an effective Udemy Instructor. Be Happy!! Madhu Nag Shetty Hi Madhu, Unfortunately, I do believe having a thick accent restricts your reach. It is not about having an Indian accent, though. If I have a hard time understanding your lectures because of your pronunciation, speed, intonation, rhythm, etc. I will very likely not get much out of the course or even ask for a refund. That being said, if you want to reach an international audience, work on having a neutral English accent. For natives of different languages you'll be able to find tips on Youtube and other platforms in how to neutralise their accent. I'm German and worked on my speaking skills with a programme called Speak Clearly, which helped me a lot. Send me a PM if you would like more information. P.S. I don't think it's about having an American or British accent. It's about speaking in a way others can easily understand. I often think of people who went to international school when it comes to that. It's neither American nor British English they speak but they're pretty much the easiest to listen to because they've adapted their speaking in a way to make it easy for non natives of different backgrounds.
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