Am I too old to change my accent and improve my pronunciation?

Apr 18, 2018 | Blog UK

Georgie Taylor

Speech Pathologist

The good news is that you are never too old!

No matter how old you are it is possible to improve the way that you speak English, to reduce your accent and improve your pronunciation.

Changing the way that you pronounce English words is similar to learning a new musical instrument. It takes a lot of practice, and the older you are the more practice is required.

Practise opening your mouth!

Pronouncing English words like a native speaker means training your brain and training your mouth muscles to move in a different way. The right teaching, where you get to hear the things that you need to change, and lots of practice can deliver enormous improvements.

I look at a pink pot and a rat on a mat

It’s also good to realise that there might be just a few areas that you need to improve, perhaps just a few sounds and the rhythm of your English speech.

Star Pronunciation has students well into their 50’s and 60’s who have achieved great improvements in their English Pronunciation. They secret is  – listen, learn and then practise, practise, practise.

Star Pronunciation has students well into their 50’s and 60’s who have achieved great improvements in their English Pronunciation. They secret is  – listen, learn and then practise, practise, practise.

There is an English saying, ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. This phrase is used when people think that they can’t change their habits because they have had them for too long. I firmly believe that this saying does not apply to pronunciation! People CAN and DO improve their pronunciation – at any age!

Thank you

Georgie Taylor – Speech Pathologist


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