Accent Reduction for Greek Speakers
5 English pronunciation tips for Greek speakers who want to improve their English accent:
1) “s” /s/ and “sh” /ʃ/
- These two sounds are often confused.
- SH is made with the tongue further back in the mouth and with the lips rounded.
- S is further forward and the lips are more relaxed. The S sounds higher in pitch.
- Check she compared to see.
2) How and When to Pronounce R
- R is made with the tip of the tongue curling back in the mouth. We don’t touch the top of our mouths when pronouncing a R sound in English.
- We only pronounce a R sound when there is a vowel sound after it: Really, Tree, Carry
- We don’t pronounce a R sound when there is no vowel sound after it: Car, Learn, Here
3) The /i:/ sound in sheep and the /ɪ/ sound like in ship.
- The /i:/ is long and the /ɪ/ is short.
- The tongue is more tense for /i:/ and more relaxed for /ɪ/.
- Compare: seat-sit, feet-fit, beat-bit
- This sound is much softer compared to the Greek equivalent – like at the beginning of the word: χώμα
5) Addition of nasal consonants before /b/ and /d/
- Check that you don’t add a /m/ before /b/ and a /n/ before /d/ if it is not there in the spelling.
- For example, able and not amble, and idle and not indle