AMERICAN ACCENT TRAINING THROUGH SINGING

Having an American accent is an essential part of any actor’s, singer’s, and professional’s repertoire, and this is the perfect way of getting excellent opportunities to enroll at a reasonably priced tuition fee.  Here in the Philippines, the Filipinos are generally “music-lovers,” as they would spend their spare times singing, dancing to the music, and even imitate a performer just for fun. Not only do Filipinos love music, they can’t live without it!  You can’t imagine how songs can influence an individual; yet, this is another great way to learn English as you become familiar with new vocabulary.  It’s in our nature to be welcoming, outgoing, and conversational, too.

At the American Institute for English Proficiency, we focus on neutralized American accent ,meaning it is a neutral accent that can be understood by all American and the rest of the world.  The essentials are pronunciation, liaison, and intonation.  Students will learn phonetics, blending, and “speech music” to start changing the way they speak and produce sounds.  When these basic essentials are combined, participants will definitely begin speaking with an American accent.

To add, features of a local accent tend to disappear when singing – the intonation; the speech rhythm, and vowel length.  Vowel quality is also often affected, particularly in classical singing, where vowels are expressed with greater openness than in daily speech.  All of this can have an effect on the creativity.  I’ve noticed not only does it make people turn their heads towards you, but it immediately attracts people to you.  This will not only boost your self-confidence, but also your personality development, too.

Accent modulating in songs is social.  Some singers want to drop their regional accent because they want to sing like the trendy mainstream.  This has been mainly perceptible in popular music since the early days of rock ‘n’ roll.  Singers far and wide imitated Bill Haley and Elvis, and many still do.  However, it’s perfectly possible for singers to maintain a personage accent, if they want to, and several do; in fact, it’s been done for years.

And of course, in rapping, we frequently get an idiosyncratic accent because of the syllable-timed tempo.  But my inkling is that, rapping to one side, in barely any case, do singers apply a consistent regional articulation all the way through the entire song.  Mixed accents seem to be the standard.  Though it could improve the pace and rhythm of speech, but daily practice would be best.

  • carey besinga

    Tunes and lyrics will often infiltrate our thoughts and play over and over in our minds, all of which will help you to learn English through songs as you easily memorize vocabulary and phrases. In fact, after a short period of time you will find it almost impossible to forget them.

    • That’s right. You can also learn vocabulary and phrases. In fact, there is a lot of culture in music. In my case, it has helped me with vocalization and even acting.

  • Icey Justalero

    In my personal experience of teaching English and how to develop a neutral accent, some of my trainees have come to realize that they can’t sing an English song properly using a Filipino accent. If they try to force their native accent on the song, they’ll get the cadences wrong, or sometimes even little things (like how long a long vowel sound should sound like) wrong.

    • Well, singing a song in a different accent would sound very different indeed. Sometimes, when the British sing a song, it sounds very American as well.

  • Since you can also sing very well, Liz, your students are more likely to follow you when you tell them that singing is one way to improve their accent. I have had many students who want to improve their accent, but many of them were at first reluctant to try singing as one of the methods to help them. It’s a cheap method! It’s free. Hahaha. They may also learn that they may have a talent. In any case, I will always recommend singing as an excellent way to improve the accent.

    • Liz Orale Aiep

      Yes, I totally agree with you, Chris! In fact, it’s the most fun and convenient way to practice any language. Whether you’re out on the road, walking or chilling, it’s easy; especially when you like a song. There’s nothing wrong with trying. All it needs is a little faith. People grow tired and impatient, but with perseverance, nothing’s impossible. 🙂

  • Rhianne

    I have a friend who loves singing especially an English songs. And he has an accent when he is singing. But he can’t speak English. Every time he sings we thought he is American. But he is actually half american He was born and lives here in the Philippines. I thought before he has an accent because he has an american blood. I know now that I can improve my accent through singing. 🙂

    • Reggie Meriales Aiep

      I know people who are like that, too. Whenever they sing, they don’t sound Filipino at all. It’s a really cool way to condition someone to sound like a native English speaker. 🙂

  • seona jung

    They say that one effective way of learning american accent is through singing and so it is agreeable.

  • Vinz San Juan

    I know some people who sings English songs at the same time has a great voice.

  • Jackie Rosales

    this is true that singing leads to make your accent and pronunciation become better. I always listen to music then, while listening to it I tried to copy the accent of who ever is the singer and how they pronounce the word so singing more makes you learn english.