Accents and Dialects

//Accents and Dialects

Category for blog posts around the central theme of american accents and or american dialects.

14 07, 2014

How to Speak English: Name Phrases Part 11

2017-03-28T06:07:07+00:00By |

How to Speak English Tips  Many of our clients at Accent Pros, who are interested in learning how to speak English with an American accent, 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 [...]

23 06, 2014

How to Speak English: Name Phrases Part 9

2017-03-28T06:07:28+00:00By |

How to Speak English Tips Many of our clients at Accent Pros, who are interested in learning how to speak English with an American accent, 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 [...]

21 04, 2014

English Accent Training: The Disappearing Philadelphia Accent

2017-03-28T05:54:46+00:00By |

English Accent Training: The Disappearing Philadelphia Accent   The evolution of a dialect once believed to be strictly regional is usually a slow process, marked by the gradual merging of vowels, where two formally distinct vowel sounds merge into one, such as the case with the A and E vowel sounds in the Philadelphian dialect. [...]

27 03, 2014

Accent Reduction: Idioms part 32

2017-03-23T06:47:06+00:00By |

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 [...]

10 03, 2014

Learn to Speak English: How Babies Detect Languages

2017-03-23T06:47:07+00:00By |

Learn to Speak English: How babies detect languages As previously discussed, when babies are born the language centers of their minds are similar to blank slates which readily absorb the sounds, words and innate grammatical structure of whatever dominant language they are exposed to in their environment. Part of this process occurs subconsciously as the [...]

6 03, 2014

How to Speak English: Accent Attitudes Part 2

2017-03-23T06:47:07+00:00By |

How to speak English: Do You Suffer From "linguistic Insecurity"? Those who decide to take on the task of learning how to speak English and/or reduce their native accent are usually hesitant to do so for a number of reasons, including fear of the unknown in another language and the time and effort required to [...]

3 03, 2014

Learn to Speak English:Accents in Advertising part 4

2017-03-23T06:47:07+00:00By |

Learn to speak English: How particular accents can lead to typecasting When Hollywood producers and casting directors are looking to fill a role, they aren't necessarily looking for a specific actor. Rather they are looking for actors and actresses who are best able to communicate what is written on the page to the audience, while [...]

17 02, 2014

Accent Reduction: American Idioms part 28

2017-03-23T06:47:08+00:00By |

Accent Reduction Tips One of the greatest challenges even a well educated person faces when trying to sound more American is the use of the confusing American idioms in the workplace. When these terms cause a an awkward pause in conversation or draw attention to an obvious inaccurate syllable stress pattern, you can still end [...]

4 02, 2014

Accent Reduction Programs: Robots learning the American Accent part 2

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

Accent Reduction Programs: The Rise of Telemarketing Robots In the first article in this series, we discussed how TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer was contacted by what he believed to be a telemarketing robot operating under the name "Samantha West". What was most surprising to Scherer and his colleagues was the voice used by [...]

27 01, 2014

Accent Reduction: American Idioms part 26

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

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 [...]

4 01, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Finding the Humor in English part 2

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

Learn to speak English: George Carlin Discusses Political Language  On May 13, 1999,  George Carlin delivered a speech in Washington D.C.'s National Press Club. While other comedians might have used this unique platform as an opportunity to advocate for a specific cause or person and deviate from comedy, Carlin made his intentions clear from the [...]

9 12, 2013

Learn to Speak English: Accents in Advertising part 2

2017-03-23T06:47:12+00:00By |

Learn to speak English: The Geico Camel Phenomenon One of the keys to Geico's advertising success lies in their ability to supplement the gecko character with other equally memorable and funny commercial campaigns. The commercial below has gone viral thanks to the use of a clever visual pun. A camel walks around a business office [...]

2 12, 2013

English Accent Training Doesn’t Mean Changing Who You Are

2017-03-28T05:54:44+00:00By |

English Accent Training The idea, if it was ever pitched to you or dawned on you at any time, that once you undergo your English Accent training would mean changing who you are is completely false. The fact is that having a slight accent is normal especially among Americans, because the United States is historically [...]

23 11, 2013

Accent Reduction Programs: The brain and language dialects

2017-03-28T05:54:44+00:00By |

Accent reduction programs: What can Japanese teach us about American English? As a non native speaker of English, you are more conscious than most people of how your particular accent comes across to others, as you attempt to enunciate words as clearly as possible to avoid drawing attention to your accent. However have you ever [...]

2 11, 2013

Learning the American Accent: Words in the Workplace Part 1

2017-03-28T05:54:44+00:00By |

The vast majority of clients we work with say the area they are least confident with when speaking, is in the workplace. Many find it hard to communicate with their colleagues, or they are uncomfortable when their colleagues ask them about their accent (Where are you from? You don’t sound like you’re from around here, [...]

29 09, 2013

Accent Reduction: American idioms 18

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

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 09, 2013

Accent Reduction: What To Say and Where To Say It-Part 2

2017-03-28T06:11:25+00:00By |

Part 2 of our “What To Say and Where To Say It” series is here! This article will explain the lexical (word) and phonological (sound) differences that occur throughout the United States. Joshua Katz, a North Carolina State University doctoral student in statistics, created over one hundred maps of these features. So far we have [...]

23 08, 2013

Accent Reduction: What to say and Where to say it

2017-03-28T05:54:43+00:00By |

A few months ago, we came out with an article exploring the phenomena of lexical (word) and phonological (sound) differences in the United States. Out of the 100 maps of these features, we only looked at two in depth. In this article, we’ll look at how learning what to say and where to say it, [...]