Accent Modification/English PronunciationTraining: To Record or Not to Record?

“Should I record myself practicing accent modification?” I’m often asked by students. My response: “Yes, but rarely!”

Here’s when and why you might want to record yourself:

It can be helpful to record yourself reading a familiar paragraph when you are starting accent modification instruction. It gives you a good baseline of where you started in your pronunciation. Then go ahead and record yourself reading the same paragraph about two months after starting training, and then again another two months later, and so forth. You’ll hear a substantial difference from where you started! And it will tell you that change is possible and is happening.

I always discourage students from recording themselves in order to catch their pronunciation mistakes. Why? Because it’s your primary job, as a student, to learn to hear yourself while you are speaking. And if you become accustomed to relying on recording, that very important feedback loop is compromised – never developed, or developed inaccurately.

So pick up the recording device only rarely, to admire your changes and advancements. And TRUST that you can listen to yourself and catch what you need to catch. I’ll help you, through a variety of techniques, to¬†develop that listening and catching ability. That’s a major part of my job with you. It will help you get where you want to go much faster.

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