To my friends from reddit:
Thank you to the thousands of visitors from reddit who have come to our Accent Pros website over the past 24 hours. As you may know, our website has been down for many hours due to the large volume of unexpected (but welcomed) traffic. In just 24 hours, We had over 10,000 visitors and 700 phone calls performing the free accent screening.
Most of the individuals who called were born in the United States and speak with a regional American accent. Even though the professionals at Accent Pros specialize in helping individuals with a foreign accent, who want to speak with a standard American accent, we were intrigued by the level of interest so many of you had in your own regional accent.
As a speech-language pathologist, I am also interested in hearing, assessing, and describing accents and dialects, but I had no idea so many others were so intrigued to learn more about their own speech characteristics. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond to each of you to discuss your regional accent or rate whether you or your college roommate has the “coolest” accent, we will be responding to individuals who speak with a foreign accent.
If you are an individual with a foreign accent and would like to receive our free accent reduction screening , then click here to get started.
If you are an individual with a regional American accent and would like to
1) read some of the funniest speech “confessionals” reported by our reddit fans
2) have a guaranteed laugh a day
John Atchley, MA, CCC-SLP
Certified and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist