We know that English is spoken mostly in the western countries like USA, Canada, UK etc. English is the mother tongue of the people who live here. English became one of the most important languages because of the globalization. If you are dealing with business then speaking in English is very important to deal with the foreign issues. People in countries like India also speak in English but the accent is different from the westerners. So people try to improve their accent and try to speak in American accent but this is not possible if you just watch the English movies or read English newspapers.
Phonetics is the basics for the western accent. If you are really motivated to speak in American accent or western accent then it can be done very easily by learning the phonetics. I too tried to speak in American accent many times by mimicking the dialogues of English movies but I never able to speak in real world in that way. There are several software which will train you to speak in American accent very easily. Recently I tried the software “Sephonic”. I want to say that, this is a wonderful software which helps in learning American accent. Through this software I learned all the basics of phonetics and with in less period of time I was able to speak in that slang.
This software starts with very basics of phonetics like phonetic alphabets then matching sound and phonetic sign then speaking the correct phonetic word (word in phonetic alphabets), spelling the correct phonetic sound, correct spelling and several other kinds of practice sessions which really helps us to speak in American slang. This is very easy to use, simple, small software but very much useful. Let’s see each feature separately.
The phonetic alphabet:
This introduces the phonetic alphabet. If you click the phonetic signs you will hear which sound they represent. You can also see a word that includes the represented sound and a transcription of the word will be shown on the screen.
Match sound and phonetic sign:
In this, you will hear a sound that you are to match with the phonetic sign that represents it. The sound is repeated three times so that you will have enough time to hear which one it is.
Which spelling is correct?
Here you will see a transcription of a word along with three alternative ways to write the word with ordinary letters. The assignment is to choose which one of the alternatives is correct by clicking on it. If the clicked alternative is the correct way to spell the word the box will turn green or yellow based on the number of times you have tried. A correct answer on the first try generates a green box, the second or third tries generate a yellow box.
Which sound can you hear?
In this, you will see a word and four phonetic representations of different sounds. Your task is to decide which of the four sounds that is pronounced in the given word. It is also possible to hear how the word and the alternative sounds are pronounced. To provide context a sentence that includes the given word is displayed on the screen.
How is the word spelled?
This gives you an opportunity to practice how to read a transcribed text. You will see a transcribed word and when you know which word it is you type it in the box using the keyboard.
How is the word transcribed?
Here you get to transcribe text yourself. You will see a word spelled with ordinary letters that you are to transcribe using the signs in the charts to the left f the screen.