What does it mean to "speak clearly"?
Updated: Jul 19
A Systematic Approach for International Doctors
Everyday, I meet international doctors who desire to speak more clearly, but what does that even mean? Articulating? Slowing down? Stressing differently? 😵
If you're not sure what the problem is, how can you hope to improve?
You need a systematic approach that teaches you what it means to be understood by the American listener.
Compare this systematic approach to baking a cake:
Let’s say it’s your loved-one’s birthday, so you decide to bake a birthday cake. This is a special day, so you want to make the most delicious, most beautiful cake you can. So you go into the kitchen and throw some flour, eggs, and chocolate in a pan and bake it until you think it’s ready. How would that cake turn out? A disaster, right?
The truth is that even though you have the best intentions and motivations, you can not be a successful baker without guidance. You need a recipe that gives what ingredients are called for and in the correct amounts, as well as the techniques required to get the best version of a cake possible.
The recipe shows you the process and ensures you can serve a cake that you will be proud of and that will delight your loved one.
Likewise, there are certain steps in the recipe to achieving clearer spoken English:
Step 1 is preparing your mouth 👄 muscles for American English sounds. You see it is vital to have strong muscles to produce sounds, like the American R. You need a work-out plan to strengthen the necessary muscles.
Step 2 is focusing🔎on the sounds that are giving you the most trouble. There are 44 sounds in American English, but you aren’t having trouble with all 44! Y
ou need to know which ones to spend your time and energy on improving.
Step 3 is learning the expectations of the native listener 👂, what they require to understand what you're saying. You need to listen like an American so you can match those expectations.
Following these steps will put you on the path to achieving your goal of superior spoken English. But why do it alone?
Why not join like-minded International Doctors also committed to improving their spoken English? In the Eng4Docs On-line, On-demand Course, identify your specific pronunciation weaknesses, learn which mouth muscles need to be strengthened, and tackle those difficult sounds to produce, such as the American R, the Tricky T, and the Most Important Sound in American English, the SCHWA! 【 ͡❛ ͜ʖ ͡❛】
Don't hesitate to take advantage of this opportunity, so you'll be fully confident to communicate with coworkers and patients.