I was reading recently in England’s Daily Mirror newspaper that the American public has been having a lot problems understanding Adele’s strong London accent when she speaks and are needing subtitles. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/adeles-london-accent-leaves-american-7490843). If, however, you listen to any of Adele’s songs her accent is undetectable and you can completely understand her lyrics. The same goes for pretty much every other singer. We often hear questions about singing and accent reduction at Change Your Accent.
There are two main reasons why accents disappear when people sing. Firstly, when singing you follow the melody of the song and not the intonation rules that govern your everyday speech and English pronunciation. Secondly, vowels are elongated when singing which stretches out the words. The result is that singing effectively reduces your accent.
While we don’t recommend singing at work if you want to change your accent, our knowledge about singing and accents can help with accent reduction. It emphasizes the need to focus on intonation and vowels — two critical areas which can really contribute to making yourself understood if you have a strong accent. To find out about our simple and effective accent reduction program, contact “Change Your Accent”.