Foreign Accents

Accent Pros provides informative articles about foreign accent reduction, and why it is important to learn how to speak with an American accent.

12 04, 2017

English Accent Training: More Words for Spanish Speakers

2017-04-12T09:03:25+00:00 By |

Our series focusing on commonly mispronounced words by Spanish speakers concludes with words such as “eyes” and “not.” If you find that you’re having trouble with the latter word, be sure to ask your accent coach to prioritize the pronunciation of words with short vowel sounds in your English accent training sessions. While Spanish does [...]

27 03, 2017

English Accent Training: Words for Spanish Speakers

2017-03-28T05:54:50+00:00 By |

English accent training can be used by native Spanish to refine their pronunciation skills, but they will quickly realize that English has a rhythm of its own. It is natural to  look for parallels between English and Spanish in terms of sentence structure, grammar, and pronunciation and attempt to bring the rules that govern one [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

2017-03-28T05:54:50+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 [...]

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 [...]

17 05, 2016

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

2017-03-28T05:54:49+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 [...]

27 04, 2016

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

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

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 [...]

31 03, 2016

W vs V – English for Russian Speakers 3

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

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 [...]

14 03, 2016

The R Sound – English for Russian Speakers 2

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

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+00:00 By |

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 [...]

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 [...]

9 07, 2015

The French Language in Louisiana

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

It used to be that servers working in French-themed restaurants outside France were the only ones who were proficient in basic phrases found in the French language. These were used to great effect when interacting with customers and taking orders. Now, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, CODOFIL, is spearheading an effort [...]

8 01, 2015

English Accent Training: British Slang

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

English Accent Training: How Slang Terms Can Define Individual Speech One of the reasons our long running idioms series has proven to be so popular  is that it helps bridge the gap between the formal English often emphasized in the initial stages of English accent training and specialized slang of the business world. Every profession [...]

3 12, 2014

Accent Reduction: Color Idioms Part 4

2017-03-23T06:46:46+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: Animal Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:50+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 [...]

6 11, 2014

American Accent Training: Heteronyms

2017-03-23T06:46:50+00:00 By |

American Accent Training: Heteronyms From the beginning, AccentPros' ongoing idiom series has been praised by both casual visitors of our website and those enrolled in our American accent training programs. Many appreciate the extra language based tips which help them communicate more effectively. Our idiom series addresses a wide breadth of slang terms and other [...]

27 10, 2014

Accent Reduction: Difficult Experiences

2017-03-23T06:46:51+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 [...]