Accent Reduction Tips

Many of our clients at Accent Pros, who come in for accent reduction sessions, have advanced degrees and have excellent command of the English language. Given the evolving state of the English language; however, they may not understand informal slang and phrases that are regularly used in the workplace, and on various popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Occasionally our accent reduction clients will understand the meaning of an idiom, but use it in an improper context, which could potentially have embarrassing consequences. In our continuing efforts to feature only the most relevant and practical terms when helping you on your accent reduction goals, here are three idioms that have become standard shorthand in the workplace.


Accent Reduction Idiom 1 – Golden Opportunity

Definition: Used when talking about a chance or an opportunity that is near perfect and has the potential to yield amazing results. Therefore it should not be missed.

accent reductionExample: Maggie was having coffee alone which presented the normally shy John a golden opportunity to talk to her with no one else around.

Origin: The origins of such a phrase are not really clear but what is made clear is that this is a very popular idiom/expression that is used in a number of famous works, as well as in everyday speech. It has been used in works like Spice: a History Of Temptation by Jack Turner, The Scar by Frank Kippax, and Time of the Wolf by Elizabeth Harris, just to name a few It is also commonly used in everyday conversation.

Accent Reduction Idiom 2 – Green with Envy

Definition: Refers to the feeling a person gets when they feel jealous over the good fortune of others. This is a negative emotion.

Example: Samantha wasn’t an envious person by nature but when she saw the expensive purse Amanda carried to work, she really turned green with envy.

Origins: This is a rather old saying and theories vary as to where it really came from. Some theories state that this expression is closely tied with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Another school of thought states that the Hebrew word which is most closely tied to envy is the word quinah. Hebrew lore talks about how a person’s face would change color out of envy when confronted with the good fortune or riches of others.
Another school of thought states that this expression comes from the Greeks since they associated the color green with sickness, disease, and bile. Under this assumption it follows that a person would turn green when  accent reductionjealous, as this is a sickness of sorts. Shakespeare used this expression in Othello and sparked a run on the phrase being used in other famous works.

Accent Reduction Idiom 3 – The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

Definition: The concept that people are never satisfied with what they have and always think that other people have better things, or that their current living situation could be improved upon.

accent reductionExample: He is never happy with his success and always thinks that the grass is always greener on the other side.

Origin: This is a rather old proverb that is still popular today because experts believe that it expresses one of the basic truths of human nature, a natural restlessness. However, its origins are not clear. The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs has no separate entry for the idiom. In its place is a Latin proverb which was cited by Erasmus of Rottherdam and translated by Richard Taverner in 1545. This proverb has many variants.


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