American Accent Tips

Hi everyone!

Now that you’ve read our post on British accents, we want to teach you how to improve your American accent.

American accents vary greatly depending on the state/region. A person from Minnesota will not have the same accent as someone from Louisiana or California. Southerners tend to speak more slowly than Northerners. Some vocabulary words also vary. However, we want to provide you with some standard pronunciation rules.

Let’s take a look!

The U’s

In American English, the letter “u” is pronounced like “oo,” for example:



The R’s

The “r” sound at the end of a word is more clearly pronounced than in British English, for example:



The T’s

The “t” sound has a softer pronunciation in American English, almost like a “d”.



American vs. British English

Here are some example of words that have different pronunciations in American and British English.


British English:

American English:


British English:

American English: 


British English:

American English: 


British English:

American English: 

A great way to improve your American accent is by watching TV shows.
Choose a character you like and practice imitating their accent.


  1. Rigoberto Ballester

    Thank you very much for these tips, help me to improve my English.

    • Hi Rigoberto,

      Thanks for your positive feedback! I’m very happy that these tips are helping to improve your English. Keep up the good work 🙂

  2. Bigirimana Audifax

    it is a good idea to advertise this post that teaches how to get an American accent. The reason why i am saying this is that in my country most of the people who are learning English are the ones who are struggling for speaking American accent. Good job ABA English for discovering this post of “How to get an American accent”

  3. Francia narcisa

    me parece muy bien saber diferenciar el ingles britanico con el americano me gustaria que diera frases largas de las dos pronunciones

    • Hi Francia,

      Gracias por tu comentario. En este blog se puede escuchar los sonidos de las vocales de ambos acentos. Intenta escribir frases largas utilizando las normas que explica el blog y después leerlas en voz alta para que puedas practicar. 🙂

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