What are the most important goals for an accent neutralization program?
You might think the sounds of English are the most important goals to work on. But what many don’t realise is there are additional features of English that may be more helpful to focus on. These features include word stress and sentence stress, rhythm, intonation and linking words.
The wrong stress on a word may confuse your listener. Percent sounds like person with the stress on the wrong syllable.
Wrong sentence stress or wrong intonation can confuse your listener, and he may think you’re asking a question, or you’re not finished talking yet, if your intonation goes up instead of down.
Not linking sounds in words and between words. If you ask for a Die Et Coke, will they understand you want diet coke? Learn to link inside and between words. (diyet coke)
Sounds of English are important to learn (bag and beg are not the same), and other features of english are valuable to learn too.
Having another person listen and point out your errors is a good first step to pronouncing English clearly. A teacher who provides feedback and sets goals for learning is the next best step. Be sure to learn these other features of English along with learning sounds.