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Accent Pros is happy to announce a new segment in the accent reduction blog called – Common English Phrases & Idioms.
 
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 popular social media. Occasionally our accent reduction clients will understand the meaning of an idiom, but use it in an improper context, which could potentially have embarrassing consequences.

Here we will explore common American English phrases, descriptions, and use them in an example to help you understand the full breadth of the saying.  

After enjoying the idioms, treat yourself to a free accent reduction tutorial available in over fifty languages here on the website.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

14 06, 2016

“Worse” Vs. “Worth”- English Accent Training

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

Today's commonly confused word pair, "worse" vs. worth", should be familiar to those in English accent training who are game show fans. Game show announcers relish shouting out the estimated value, or worth, of a Land Rover Evoque that a contestant just won, for example. Furthermore, the entire concept of The Price is Right is [...]

16 02, 2016

Yellow-Bellied: Workplace Idioms

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

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 [...]

9 02, 2016

Fifteen Minutes of Fame – Workplace Idioms

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

Imagine for a moment you are sitting in your cubicle at work and you overhear a conversation: should your company should continue to sell to the same consumer base, thus ensuring a marginal profit, or try to go after a different demographic. Due to the inherent risk and weight of this decision, expressions such as [...]

2 02, 2016

Well Heeled – Workplace Idioms

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

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+00:00 By |

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 [...]

19 01, 2016

Young Turk – Political Idioms

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

With America due to elect a new President in 2016, today's featured idiom, "Young Turk," is rather timely. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are looking to capture the youth vote and have their respective party's ideology appeal to the youth of America on an emotional first and foremost. To accomplish this, Democratic Presidential candidate [...]

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 [...]

24 12, 2015

Lost Ball in High Weeds – Ball Idioms

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

An unfortunate reality in the business world is that there is only one constant: change. While you may feel confident about the contributions you are making to the company now and how much you are valued as an employee, there remains the chance that you could be moved to a different department by management without [...]

15 12, 2015

Mexican Standoff – Confrontation Idioms

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

The prospect of changing your speech to speak with a reduced accent may seem like a daunting task. This can leave 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 [...]

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 [...]

2 12, 2015

Blaze a Trail – Workplace Idioms

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

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 [...]

18 11, 2015

Badger to Death – Workplace Idioms

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

Do you have one person in your office who's notoriously hard to contact outside of work? They sit  in their cubicle and produce consistently good work, yet they're consistently described by those around them as being "introverted" or a "lone wolf." Thanks to social  media websites like Twitter and Facebook, you may find these people [...]

14 11, 2015

Greek to me – Language Idioms

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

Imagine for a moment you are sitting in your cubicle at work and you overhear a conversation. Should the company continue to sell to the same consumer base, thus ensuring a marginal profit, or should they try to go after a different demographic? Due to the inherent risk and weight of this decision, expressions such as [...]

24 10, 2015

Belle of the Ball – Ball Idioms

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

Now that you’ve made the decision to adopt a modified speaking accent with the help of of AccentPros’ certified accent coaches and various online resources, you are likely more aware of the kind of language you use on an everyday basis. Are you more of a straightforward communicator or one that likes to utilize similes, [...]