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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

7 06, 2016

American Accent Training: Mispronounced Words 1

2017-03-23T06:46:25+00:00 By |

The goal of American accent training is not to alter a client's manner of speaking in any radical way or to eliminate an accent all together. This is impossible. In any case, an accent is an essential part of a speaker's personal identity. American accent training strives to reduce individual accents while simultaneously giving individuals [...]

17 05, 2016

“Flour” Vs. “Floor” – English Accent Training

2017-03-23T06:46:25+00:00 By |

In today's commonly confused words blog post we are showcasing the words "flour" and "floor." Like the other words featured in our commonly confused word pairings series, these words differ from one another by a single vowel. However, those working to refine their speech in English accent training may not be aware that "flour" is [...]

7 01, 2016

Pardon my French – Conversational Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:29+00:00 By |

In today’s idiom post we are going to be examining the meaning and origin of the phrase “Pardon my French.” A common variant of this phrase is “Pardon my Language”, but they have identical meanings. Occasionally this phrase is used within a conversation whenever a person has said, or is about to say, something that [...]

9 12, 2015

A Whole New Ballgame – Sports Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30+00:00 By |

In today’s idiom post we are going to be examining the meaning and origin of the phrase “ a whole new ballgame.” A common variation of this phrase is "a whole 'nother ball of wax." While the latter phrase is certainly more formal, they both used to emphasize the sharp contrast between one or more [...]

1 09, 2015

Throw in The Towel – Sports Idioms

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

Have you ever felt the urge to throw in the towel after a particularly difficult day at the office? Such feelings may creep up if you feel as though you've taken on more responsibility than you can handle in the hopes of getting a promotion. There is also a sense of frustration over not having [...]

26 08, 2015

In the Same Boat-Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:35+00:00 By |

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 [...]

23 07, 2015

Marketing the Irish Language

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

To increase their marketability, British and American actors must be versatile enough to master a wide range of accents, including the American southern accent, New York, and Boston accents. When moviegoers see their favorite actors playing a role that requires a specific accent they normally don't have an appreciation for how many hours the actor [...]

13 07, 2015

The Newfoundland Accent in Canada

2017-03-23T06:46:37+00:00 By |

Newfoundland and Labrador have the collective distinction of being Canada's most Eastern providence. The mainland Labrador and island Labrador are often described as being a single entity, despite the fact that nearly 92 percent of the providence's total population of 526,702 lives on Labrador. Aside from their close proximity to one another, another fascinating part [...]

26 05, 2015

Accents in Movies: The Tim Monich Way

2017-03-23T06:46:39+00:00 By |

What Accent is That? Do you usually notice when an actor or actress is using an accent for their character in a movie? An actor's poor attempt at adopting a particular accent can also ruin otherwise good movies by making their character's dialogue difficult or impossible to understand. Depending on the number of accents present, [...]

21 05, 2015

Accents and Identity in Gangs of New York

2017-03-23T06:46:39+00:00 By |

Capturing Accents Lost to History In the previous two Accents in Movies articles, we've talked about the important role dialect coach Tim Monich has played in helping some of Hollywood's most high profile actors master a variety of complex accents, from the standard native New York accent to a southern accent that reflects a background [...]

14 05, 2015

American Sniper and Bradley Cooper’s Accent

2017-03-23T06:46:39+00:00 By |

American Sniper The Clint Eastwood directed film American Sniper was given a worldwide release on January 16, 2015, and--as of this writing--has generated $247 million at the American box office. American Sniper, the biographical war film is based on the experiences of the late US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who is regarded as the most [...]

19 03, 2015

Nautical Idioms Part 1

2017-03-23T06:46:42+00:00 By |

Nautical Idioms and Accent Reduction Tips Ahoy! Take a look at these nautical idioms to help improve your American Idiom skills.   Nautical Idioms 1 – Chock-a-block Definition: Used in reference to a meeting area or living space that is so small and compact people have little room to moving about, leading to feelings of [...]

3 12, 2014

Accent Reduction: “Turn” Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:47+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 [...]

1 12, 2014

Accent Reduction: Idioms Related to Memory

2017-03-23T06:46:49+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 [...]

27 11, 2014

Accent Reduction: Color Idioms Part 3

2017-03-23T06:46:49+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 [...]

20 11, 2014

Accent Reduction – Nautical Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:49+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 [...]