Why I teach American Accent to new Americans and other English Language Learners

As a small child, I taught myself how to sound like the variety of adults around me: my beloved African-American nanny, European immigrants, Mexicans, Australians, Yankees, Southerners, West Texans...and so many others. I loved emulating them all! To honor these unwitting teachers, I've been sharing their delightful accents with family and friends ever since. 


Some years ago, I volunteered to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) at a local church. Even though the students were learning words and grammar well, many of these new Americans and other English Language Learners (ELLs) were struggling to be understood by their native-speaking American counterparts,  With similar techniques I'd used to teach myself language-sounds during childhood, I decided to try teaching our students some very simple lip, tongue, throat, and chest movements. Finding great success with helping them, I decided to bring these sound-creation skills to a wider audience with Red's American Accent Training.


"The strangers who sojourn with you shall be as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself: for you were strangers in the land of Egypt", Leviticus 19:34. 


Red's American Accent Training is a stylistic system for English-language learners to vocalize words so native-born Americans can better understand the speaker. It is not a form of speech therapy nor linguistics instruction.