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30 01, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Valley Girl Speak and Gender Lines

2017-03-23T06:47:09+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: Is "valley girl" speak crossing gender and state lines? California has long been known as the home of Hollywood. Many struggling actors, actresses and writers from around the world  are drawn there by the potential of fame, just hoping for the one opportunity to prove themselves as a viable commodity within [...]

27 01, 2014

Accent Reduction: American Idioms part 26

2017-03-23T06:47:09+00:00 By |

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 [...]

16 01, 2014

Accent Reduction: American Idioms part 25

2017-03-23T06:47:10+00:00 By |

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 [...]

13 01, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Finding the Humor in English part 3

2017-03-28T05:54:45+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: The language of comedy When most people envision how standup comedians craft material, they likely see images of a comic browsing the internet, flipping through channels during prime time TV hours, or scanning newspaper headlines. Much like public speakers and other professionals, comedians must be constantly be aware of the language [...]

9 01, 2014

Accent Reduction American Idioms part 24

2017-03-23T06:47:10+00:00 By |

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 [...]

29 09, 2013

Accent Reduction: American idioms 18

2017-03-23T06:47:14+00:00 By |

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 [...]

21 08, 2013

Accent Reduction: American idioms-part 17

2017-03-23T06:47:15+00:00 By |

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 constantly evolving state of the English language; however, they may not understand informal slang and the phrases that are regularly used in the workplace, conversations [...]

6 08, 2013

Accent reduction: Alcohol and the accent

2017-03-28T05:54:42+00:00 By |

Accent reduction process and alcohol Drinking in excess can quickly impair reflexes and cause impulsive behavior. For non-native English speakers, alcohol  amplifies your native accent while working against the muscle memory training exercises taught in Accent reduction. The parts of the brain responsible for Accent reduction become fatigued when someone has  become legally drunk. Often [...]

19 07, 2013

How to lose your accent: African American Vernacular English

2017-03-28T05:54:42+00:00 By |

How to lose your accent The term African American Vernacular English (AAVE) became popular in the mid to late 1980's as a way to describe the unique pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and substitution patterns used by African Americans which  make this speech pattern something beyond a simple dialect. For instance, a person using African American Vernacular [...]

24 06, 2013

Accent Reduction: American Idioms Part 15

2017-03-23T06:47:16+00:00 By |

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 constantly evolving state of the English language; however, they may not understand informal slang and the phrases that are regularly used in the workplace, conversations [...]

30 04, 2013

American Accent: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

2017-03-23T06:47:17+00:00 By |

American Accent by Dr. Suess Author Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Suess, has remained one of the literary world's most popular and respected authors due to his ability to deliver universal themes in anapestic tetrameter, a writing form that features four anapestic metrical feet per line. Two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable.  [...]

27 04, 2013

Chicago Accent on Saturday Night Live (SNL)

2017-03-23T06:47:17+00:00 By |

Chicago Accent: The Birth of a Stereotype On January 12, 1991, Saturdayy Night Live (SNL) debuted a recurring skit known as Bill Swerski's Superfans, which would come to define the so called "Chicago accent" for generations of non-native Chicagoans. The accent used in the skit continues to be bandied about to this day as a shorthanded representation of [...]

27 03, 2013

Accent Reduction Tips: Idioms Part 14

2017-03-23T06:47:17+00:00 By |

 Accent Reduction Tips: Our Ongoing Idioms Series Our clients at Accent Pros have accent reduction goals and 85% have advanced degrees and an excellent command of the English language. Given the constantly evolving state of the English language; however, they may not understand informal slang and idioms that are regularly used in the workplace, conversations with [...]

5 03, 2013

Accent Reduction Tips: American Idioms-Part Thirteen

2017-03-23T06:47:18+00:00 By |

Accent Reduction Tips: Our Ongoing Idioms Series Many of our clients with accent reduction goals have advanced degrees and have excellent command of the English language. Given the constantly evolving state of the English language, they may not understand informal slang used during workplace conversations or on various popular social media platforms such as Facebook [...]

4 02, 2013

American Accent Classes: Jony Ive of Apple Gives a Lesson

2017-03-23T06:47:19+00:00 By |

American Accent Classes: Impacted by Apple? Since we teach American accent classes at Accent Pros, we love to analyze the speaking patterns of individuals.  Over the past couple of years, we have been intrigued by a spokesperson at Apple.  Yes he has an accent, but more importantly, he speaks in a manner which not only [...]

17 01, 2013

Accent Reduction Training-The Voices of California Project

2017-03-23T06:47:19+00:00 By |

Accent Reduction Training: Increasingly Localized As was discussed in a previous article, the standard California accent is thought to be closest in tone to the standard American English spoken throughout the Midwest and emphasized in accent reduction training. A direct result of  Midwestern settlers migrating to San Francisco during the gold rush period from 1848-1855. [...]

1 01, 2013

American Dialects-2012 Survey Reveals an Evolving Los Angeles Dialect

2017-03-23T06:47:19+00:00 By |

 American Dialects in California Upon closer inspection, the American accents and American dialects found in the cities and towns that comprise California have proven to be relatively resistant to the broad generalizations which characterize dialect zones linguists use to divide the United States. California experienced a massive influx of English speakers  and immigrants from other [...]

24 12, 2012

American Idioms-Part Twelve

2017-03-23T06:47:19+00:00 By |

The Importance of Idioms Modern technology has become such an ingrained aspect of our day to day interactions with people from both a professional and social standpoint. It's not difficult to envision a scenario where picking up the phone and calling someone would be considered a last resort means of communication.  Socially, individuals routinely communicate [...]

21 12, 2012

How Singing Affects Native Accents

2017-03-23T06:47:19+00:00 By |

Does singing truly negate individual accents? If you were to scan the playlist on your personal music player, paying  attention only to how clearly the lyrics are pronounced in a given song, you'd be surprised to note that, irrespective of factors such as genre, musicianship, vocal style and melody, a singer's native accent normally isn't [...]

17 12, 2012

American Idioms-Part Eleven

2017-03-23T06:47:19+00:00 By |

A Note On Our Ongoing Idioms Series Many of our clients at AccentPros have advanced degrees and have excellent command of the English language. Given the constantly evolving state of the English language however they may not understand informal slang and the turns of phrase that are regularly used in the workplace, conversations with friends, [...]