September 24, 2017

AmericanEnglishDoctor.com is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.

Literacy-matters.

Pronunciation

American English speakers in different regions pronounce certain words differently. Actors and other speakers in the public eye often choose to cultivate a style of American speech unassociated with a particular region. Dennis Haysbert, for example, speaks a careful and elegant style of American English that does not reflect any particular region. Fran Drescher and Lucas Black, on the other hand, choose to make their regional accents a part of their acting personas.

Minor differences of pronunciation are not usually a cause of misunderstanding. Some pronunciations, however, can result in misunderstanding or misspelling.

A frequent difficulty in understanding the speech of others is not so much pronunciation as enunciation: the careful uttering of speech sounds. People who speak quickly and slur the syllables in their words can be difficult to understand. A good way to practice both pronunciation and enunciation is to memorize and recite poetry.