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21 12, 2016

Learn to Speak English: 12 British Phrases

2017-03-23T06:46:19-05:00By |

Accentpros hopes that that our new series focusing on British slang and terminology has given you a deeper appreciation for British English and also made you aware of the ways in which slang terms and phrases have influenced the development of your own speech patterns. The acquisition of slang terms into your vocabulary is inevitable [...]

2 12, 2016

How to Speak English: Common British Phrases 2

2017-03-23T06:46:20-05:00By |

The incentive to learn how to speak English language can come from anywhere. Most often people are motivated by the prospect of career advancement into learning a new language, while others merely enjoy the process inherent in learning new languages, their hope being that the new language they're currently learning will eventually benefit them down [...]

23 11, 2016

Learn American English- Mispronounced Words

2017-03-23T06:46:20-05:00By |

After reading this article you may be left with the impression that the best way to learn American English is trough repetition. Until you feel as though you know the selected words by heart and can integrate them into your everyday vocabulary seamlessly. Such an idea is reinforced by accent reduction CD's and programs such [...]

17 10, 2016

Learn to Speak English: British Slang

2017-03-23T06:46:22-05:00By |

Those who are attempting to learn to speak English with a modified, neutral accent are often reluctant to actively transfer the skills they learn in a clinical setting to everyday conversation. They are afraid that the changes they are implementing are so significant their friends and family will notice and begin to ask them uncomfortable [...]

28 09, 2016

English Accent Training for French Speakers -Part 1

2017-03-23T06:46:22-05:00By |

Native French speakers who wish to learn to Speak English with a modified accent usually find they have difficulty adjusting to the short "i" sound in American English given that all the vowels in French are naturally long. They also struggle at times with clearly enunciating the "th" syllable when it is found at the [...]

30 08, 2016

Learning the American Accent: Mispronounced Words 4

2017-03-28T05:54:49-05:00By |

For many people, the process of going from merely thinking about learning the American accent to acting on such ambitions by contacting an accent reduction service like AccentPros is an intimidating journey. One fraught with indecision. After all, accent reduction training forces clients to not only modify their accent, a longstanding part of their personal [...]

27 04, 2016

The Alveolar Sounds ( /n/, /l/, /t/ & /d/) – English for Russian Speakers 5

2017-03-23T06:46:26-05:00By |

How to Speak English: The Alveolar Sounds ( /n/, /l/, /t/ & /d/) The good news for native Russian speakers striving to learn how to speak English is that, unlike many of the English sounds previously featured in this series, all the English sounds described in this article have near equivalent sounds in Russian. Unfortunately [...]

20 04, 2016

Vowels /æ/ and /e/ – English for Russian Speakers 4

2017-03-23T06:46:26-05:00By |

Vowels /æ/ and /e/ Due to the dissimilarities in phonological systems, native Russian speakers who wish to learn how to speak English with a neutral sounding accent,--an attribute most often given to English speakers in the Midwestern United states--find it relatively challenging to pronounce English vowels in such a way that when necessary, the vowels [...]

31 03, 2016

W vs V – English for Russian Speakers 3

2017-03-23T06:46:26-05:00By |

Analyzing the /w/ and /v/ Sounds in American English If you were to run into a native Russian speaker on the street and engage them in a conversation in English, you might notice they rarely differentiate between /w/ and /v/ sounds and don't pronounce them as two separate, unique entities. This is not because Russians [...]

24 03, 2016

“Live” vs. “Leave” – English Accent Training

2017-03-23T06:46:27-05:00By |

The word "live" can be confusing to ESL speakers because the word can potentially be pronounced two different ways and have a multitude of meanings depending on the sentence.  As you progress through your English accent training, always be aware of the context in which a difficult word or sound is being presented, as this [...]

14 03, 2016

The R Sound – English for Russian Speakers 2

2017-03-23T06:46:27-05:00By |

Pronouncing the English /r/ Sound Native Russians speakers who are studying to learn how to speak English more clearly may have noticed that the English r sound bears a striking similarity to the r in Russian. The Russian r is also similar to the /r/ sound in various languages, notably Italian, Spanish, and Arabic, Portuguese, [...]

7 03, 2016

The L Sound – English for Russian Speakers

2017-03-23T06:46:27-05:00By |

English and Russian are part of the Indo-European family of languages. Russians who hope to learn how to speak English more clearly may believe the two languages are completely different from one another. Such differences begin to erode when one begins to compare and contrast the two languages' cursive alphabets. For example, some letters in [...]

16 02, 2016

Yellow-Bellied: Workplace Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:27-05:00By |

The prospect of changing your speech to speak with a reduced accent may seem like a daunting task, one that leaves you open to self doubt about whether you are betraying a part of your identity by making such changes. You can counter any fears you may have by reminding yourself that you are in [...]

2 02, 2016

Well Heeled – Workplace Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:28-05:00By |

In today’s idiom post we are going to be examining the meaning and origin of the phrase, "well heeled.” This phrase likely isn't as well known as other idioms referring to the wealthy and those born into inheritance, including "born with a silver spoon", simply because when taken out of context,  the phrase remains ambiguous [...]

26 01, 2016

Wild Goose Chase – Workplace Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:28-05:00By |

With the advent of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter the realm of slang terminology is seemingly growing bigger with each passing day. Many words, including “hash tag” and “friended”, have crossed over into formal discourse. This has further blurred the line between what can be considered formal and informal speech. You can [...]

7 10, 2015

Stone the Crow – “Stone” Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31-05:00By |

The phrase "Stone the Crow" may be known to a subset of heavy metal music fans, as a song by this title was released as a single in 1995 by the New Orleans based band, Down. Given the way that the English language is constantly evolving due to the ever present influence of social media [...]

29 09, 2015

Ball and Chain- English Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31-05:00By |

If you've ever had a friend who finds themselves in the beginning stages of a relationship, you know all too well how tiring it can be to listen to them drone on and on about "lovely" things that their significant other does. Such as, the way they laugh, never give up on the Sunday crossword [...]

24 09, 2015

Double Dutch – Language Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:32-05:00By |

A critical piece of successful business communication is developing the ability to ask for things in a direct manner, without giving the impression of being condescending or demonstrative. As someone who is looking to refine their speech by speaking with an American accent, you may find yourself thinking that you must impress your listener by [...]

3 08, 2015

Hit the Road-Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

If you stop to think about it, many slang phrases in the American lexicon originated as song lyrics. The majority of these seemingly fall out of favor as quickly as they appear. Part of this has to do with the fact these terms become dated, thus dating the person who uses them frequently and giving [...]

27 07, 2015

Taken for a Ride – Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36-05:00By |

With the advent of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter the realm of slang terminology is seemingly growing bigger with each passing day. Many words, including “hash tag” and “friended”, have crossed over into formal discourse. This has further blurred the line between what can be considered formal and informal speech. You can [...]