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15 03, 2017

How to Speak English: Olympic Languages

2017-03-23T06:46:14+00:00 By |

 Why English and French Were Considered Co-Official Languages of the 2016 Summer Olympics The 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio were plagued by controversy seemingly from the minute Brazil was selected as the host country for these games on October 2, 2009.  Most of the controversy centered around the fact the Olympic  athletes risked [...]

21 02, 2017

Learn American English: Mispronounced Words 6

2017-03-23T06:46:14+00:00 By |

When trying to learn American English, one possible stumbling block is the pronunciation style of American English itself. The style focused on in accent reduction training is meant to achieve a standard American English accent. By contrast, the native English speakers you interact with on a business level and socially are more apt to use [...]

26 01, 2017

Learn American English: Mispronounced Words 5

2017-03-23T06:46:15+00:00 By |

As  you try to learn American English, one possible stumbling block may be the very pronunciation style focused on in accent reduction training. It is meant to achieve a standard American English accent. By contrast, the native English speakers are you interact with on a business level and socially are more apt to use slang [...]

18 01, 2017

Accent Reduction: Mispronounced Words 4

2017-03-23T06:46:15+00:00 By |

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 mispronounce informal slang and phrases that are regularly used in the workplace, and on various popular social media platforms [...]

13 01, 2017

Accent Reduction: Mispronounced Words 3

2017-03-23T06:46:15+00:00 By |

Today's commonly mispronounced words entry begins with "library", a word that is difficult for many in accent reduction training to pronounce correctly. Primarily due to the presence of two consonants in the second syllable. As you'll see below, one of the consonants often gets dropped during the process of enunciating the word, which can lead [...]

3 01, 2017

Learn American English: Mispronounced Words 2

2017-03-23T06:46:16+00:00 By |

Today's commonly mispronounced words entry begins with "across", a word that is likely to provoke a lot of questions from those who are attempting to learn American English with a reduced accent. The reason for this is quite simple: There are many highly educated, working Americans who mispronounce this word on a regular basis without [...]

21 12, 2016

Learn to Speak English: 12 British Phrases

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

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 [...]

13 12, 2016

How to Speak English: Common British Phrases 3

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

Here at AccentPros the majority of our blog readers--and clientele--are educated business professionals who are trying to learn how to speak English with an Americanized accent. We'd be remiss however if we didn't acknowledge the portion of our audience that also notify as world travelers, and therefore may be primarily  concerned with how their accent [...]

2 12, 2016

How to Speak English: Common British Phrases 2

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

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+00:00 By |

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 [...]

16 11, 2016

How to Speak English: More British Slang

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

As you begin the process of learning how to speak English with a neutral standardized accent, don't be surprised if you suddenly become more keenly aware of social cues and how you interact with friends, family, and co-workers on a regular basis. Are you naturally friendly and quick to greet people with a "hello" or [...]

7 11, 2016

American Accent Training: Mispronounced Words 7

2017-03-23T06:46:21+00:00 By |

The final installment in this edition of our commonly mispronounced words series leads off with "ask." At face value, this one syllable word may seem overly simplistic and not worthy of much attention as you refine your pronunciation skills in American accent training. However a closer look reveals "ask" to be a word whose mispronunciation [...]

1 11, 2016

Accent Reduction Training: Common British Phrases

2017-03-23T06:46:21+00:00 By |

Americans have long maintained a fascination with British culture. Specifically British English and its associated bevy of wholly unique terms and phrases that have led some to define it as being more sophisticated and proper than American English, while still others find the mere sound of the accent attractive. In truth, British English is no [...]

26 10, 2016

How to Speak English: Mispronounced Words 6

2017-03-23T06:46:21+00:00 By |

The time has come for you to learn how to speak English with an Americanized, neutral accent. Initially the process may seem overwhelming, causing your mind to conjure up visions of sitting in an office repeating a textbook list of words and phrases ad nauseam, in the vain hope that you'll see  minimal improvement at [...]

17 10, 2016

Learn to Speak English: British Slang

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

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 [...]

6 10, 2016

English Accent Training for French Speakers -Part 2

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

The French have always had difficulty in pronouncing a few sounds in the English language – the soft “th”, the “h”, the soft “r”, and the short “i”. As you'll see below, words such as "thousands" and "hedgehog" feature letters that are mistakenly omitted by native English and French speakers, which highlights an important rule [...]

28 09, 2016

English Accent Training for French Speakers -Part 1

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

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 [...]

21 09, 2016

The Hardest English Words to Pronounce – Reddit List 2/2

2017-03-23T06:46:23+00:00 By |

In April 2015 a language oriented message board thread on the networking  website Reddit went viral when a user asked a simple question:  "What's the hardest English word to pronounce?" Those who have been in English accent training for any length of time will be heartened to know that both native and non native English [...]

15 09, 2016

The Hardest English Words to Pronounce – Reddit List 1/2

2017-03-23T06:46:23+00:00 By |

In April 2015 a language oriented message board thread on the networking  website Reddit went viral when a user asked a simple question:  "What's the hardest English word to pronounce?" Those who have been in English accent training for any length of time will be heartened to know that both native and non native English [...]

7 09, 2016

How to Speak English: Mispronounced Words 5

2017-03-23T06:46:23+00:00 By |

One of the easiest ways to take control of your speech as you begin to learn how to speak English with a refined, standardized American accent is by creating a running list of all those words you believe you habitually mispronounce during the course of a day. This list, in turn, can be used by [...]