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14 12, 2012

American Idioms-Part Ten

2017-03-23T06:47:20-05:00By |

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, [...]

10 12, 2012

Older Adults and Accent Reduction

2017-03-23T06:47:20-05:00By |

Understanding the Plasticity of the Human Brain Many older adults are hesitant to begin accent reduction classes because of the assumption their brain has aged beyond a stage where it is receptive to their respective second language's inherent structure.  This is a theory which has been  reinforced throughout the years by research and the media. [...]

7 12, 2012

Commonly Mispronounced English Words

2017-03-23T06:47:20-05:00By |

Native English Speakers Mispronounce Words More Often Than You Think When you begin accent reduction training you may be perplexed by the fact that many English words are not spelled phonetically. Moreover, English is filled with homophones, or two words that sound alike but have divergent spellings and meanings, such as meet and meat. Although [...]

3 12, 2012

The Untold Story of the Geico Gecko’s Brooklyn Bridge Commercial Shoot

2017-03-23T06:47:20-05:00By |

Recently Accent Pros brought you the story of the Geico gecko's experiences during a stay in Chicago.  In NYC, the gecko was nearly hit by a cyclist during a Brooklyn Bridge commercial shoot for Geico's "The Gecko's Journey" series. Below you will find the transcript of our interview with the gecko as he answered our [...]

30 11, 2012

Second Language Acquisition in Children and the Role of Accent Training

2017-03-23T06:47:20-05:00By |

How Children Acquire a Second Language Young children acquire languages almost effortlessly. Typically developing children under the age of three  learn new languages easily due to a process known as simultaneous second language learning, whereas older children learn a second language sequentially. Although there was once a fear that exposing a child to two separate [...]

27 11, 2012

The Correct Pronunciation of the Definite Article

2017-03-23T06:47:20-05:00By |

The Two Types of English Articles In English there are two  articles, the indefinite and the definite article. The indefinite articles are "a" and "an", used before consonant and vowel sounds respectively. The definite article is "the", and is used in writing  consistently before consonant and vowel sounds. The definite article is usually used when [...]

20 11, 2012

American Idioms-Part Nine

2017-03-23T06:47:21-05:00By |

Cross your fingers Definition: To wish/pray for the best possible outcome. Example sentence: Jill waited for her exam results with crossed fingers. Origin: In the early days of the church, crossed fingers were used as a symbol for the cross. These were thought to invoke the power of the cross to guard against evil. This [...]

18 11, 2012

Is Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln Accent Historically Accurate?

2017-03-23T06:47:21-05:00By |

Searching for Lincoln"s True Voice The first phonograph (a device to record and playback sounds) was invented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1877, twelve years after  the death of Abraham Lincoln. As such, no recording of Abraham Lincoln"s legendary speeches exists  to highlight those variables which contributed to Lincoln"s status as one of the great [...]

17 11, 2012

Can The American Accent and Pronunciation Style be Mastered Effectively Online?

2017-03-23T06:47:21-05:00By |

Does an ideal form of "standard English" exist? Foreign demand to learn American standard English , featuring distinct accent and pronunciation characteristics, continues to grow exponentially. This is due to the pervasiveness of American culture in forms of mass media. The question of whether a foreign student of world languages should learn Standard American English [...]

16 11, 2012

Developing an American Accent

2017-03-23T06:47:21-05:00By |

The Effect of an Accent Do you have an accent when you speak? Would you like to know how to develop an American accent? Most non-native English speakers speak using accented English, the prominence of which is influenced by a variety of factors.  Most individuals are unaware of how mild or heavy their accent would [...]

15 11, 2012

Common American Idioms-Part Eight

2017-03-23T06:47:21-05:00By |

Cut Corners or Cutting Corners Definition: To take an alternative route or  find a faster way to complete a task. Normally said with the implication that the outcome will prove to be detrimental because of the proposed  shortcuts. It is commonly used in financial situations. Example Sentence : This is not a race; you have [...]

12 11, 2012

Value of American Accent Training for Social and Professional Life

2017-03-23T06:47:21-05:00By |

Foreign Students in the Classroom Foreign students attending American schools often feel left out in classroom discussions, group activities and even social events . If you are a foreign exchange student having difficulty adjusting to life abroad, American accent training can help you address the accent  and dialect challenge you face.Well educated students who come [...]