April 4, 2019

American English Dialects and Accents

In the U.S., there are a variety of American English dialects and accents spoken. For instance, there are different dialects involving slang vocabulary and grammar. There are regional accents involving pronunciations such as Southern, New York, Midwestern, and many more. We've included below a fun video of some of the American accents you will encounter.

You may think people are speaking too fast or you may have trouble understanding their pronunciations with slang, but follow the tips below and your comprehension will improve over time.

Here are some tips on how to better understand American English:

  • Keep a patient and positive attitude. You will come across various accents in your lifetime and it is a continuous learning experience.
  • You will have to train your ears. Practice listening to conversations around you and reflect on what wassaid. Are you able to repeat it and know exactly what it meant?
  • Watch shows and movies with the subtitles on. Reading the subtitles will help you follow along with the speech.
  • If you don't know what some words or phrases mean, write them down somewhere and look it up in your spare time.
  • When you are conversing with others and can't interpret something they said, kindly ask them to repeat it or explain it in another way. Do not feel ashamed to ask.
  • While conversing with native speakers, get feedback on your pronunciation.
  • Don't give up. If you keep immersing yourself in speaking and listening solely in English, you will progress your comprehension over time.

Feel free to reach out to your current designated PassportUSA representative if you have any questions or concerns.Be sure to check out more great articles in the Employee Education Center to help you succeed in your new life in the USA!

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