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.

20 10, 2014

American accent Training: Car Voice Recognition Systems

2017-03-23T06:46:51-05:00By |

American Accent Training: Can car voice recognition systems interpret accents? Imagine that you've just purchased a new $95,000 Mercedes GL 500. You tell your Voice Recognition System (VRS) to take you down to the local supermarket and are surprised when you hear, "I'm sorry, I don't understand. Please provide a location." After all, you are [...]

16 10, 2014

Accent Reduction: Weakness Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:51-05:00By |

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 10, 2014

English Accent Training: The Glass Ceiling

2017-03-23T06:46:52-05:00By |

English accent Training: Accent Bias in the Workplace In today’s globalized world, there a need for businesspeople to be fluent in a secondary language. English is turning out to be the preferred secondary language in professional settings. Consequently, there has been a massive increase in the number of people that undergo ESL courses and English [...]

29 09, 2014

Accent Reduction: Idioms for Awkward Conversations

2017-03-23T06:46:53-05:00By |

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 [...]

22 09, 2014

English accent training: Difficult Accents

2017-03-23T06:46:53-05:00By |

In a globalized world, people are finding it easier to talk to each other. However, a heavy foreign accent can be just as big of a hindrance to clear communication as a language barrier. When a foreign English speaker with a heavy accent is speaking with a native English speaker, both parties know they are [...]

18 09, 2014

Accent Reduction Program: post accent training

2017-03-28T05:54:49-05:00By |

What to Do After Your Accent Reduction Program is Over An accent reduction program may last 1-6 months or longer depending on client progress. A quality accent reduction program will help you speak in a clearer, confident voice that is free of linguistic traits, such as received pronunciation or a southern drawl, that many have [...]

11 09, 2014

American Accent Training: Modern Materials

2017-03-23T06:46:53-05:00By |

American accent Training: The perils of trusting outdated information The overall process to reduce your native accent and can be a long and difficult road, especially if proper teaching methods and materials are not employed. American accent training has become increasingly popular due to overseas travel, social media and a general desire to assimilate to [...]

4 09, 2014

Accent Reduction Programs: Accentism in the media

2017-03-28T05:54:48-05:00By |

Accent Reduction Programs: How Social Media Contributes to Accentism Researchers at the University of Manchester broadly define accentism as, " the frustration a person with a foreign accent experiences after modifying their accent, believing they are conceding to public pressure when they adopt a speech pattern that makes them sound different than they are accustomed [...]

1 09, 2014

Accent Reduction: Work and Office Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:54-05:00By |

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 [...]

28 08, 2014

Accent Reduction Programs: Accentism

2017-03-28T05:54:48-05:00By |

Accent Reduction Programs: A Matter of Perception People have various reasons for their interest in accent reduction programs. Often the desire to change one's accent is financially motivated. There is a school of thought that by reducing a foreign accent, the person in question can relate to their co-workers conversations more easily and become empowered [...]

25 08, 2014

Accent Reduction: Idioms Related to Misfortune

2017-03-23T06:46:55-05:00By |

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 [...]

21 08, 2014

Accent Reduction: Money Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:55-05:00By |

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 [...]

18 08, 2014

English Accent Training: How Stress Impacts the Accent

2017-03-23T06:46:56-05:00By |

English Accent Training: How Stress Impacts the Accent A basic concept introduced in English accent training is the idea that if you are uncertain how to pronounce a particular word, you can minimize the chances that you will mispronounce the word by blending the first syllable of a difficult word with the final syllable of [...]

14 08, 2014

Accent Reduction: Time Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:56-05:00By |

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 [...]

31 07, 2014

Accent Reduction Program: Famous People Who Dropped Their Native Accents

2017-03-28T05:54:48-05:00By |

Accent Reduction Program: Famous People Who Dropped Their Native Accents An accent reduction program can really make a person sound like a native speaker of a local language. Traces of their original accent can be reduced and substantially minimized through exercises and drills which help individuals sound like native English speakers. It is important to [...]

28 07, 2014

Accent Reduction Program-Can Code Switching Help Accent Reduction?

2017-03-28T05:54:48-05:00By |

Accent Reduction Program: The Value of Code Switching Effective communication is definitely one of the keys to any successful business endeavor. Being able to convey your thoughts in a clear and concise manner helps speed up the exchange of opinions while minimizing the amount of misunderstanding in the process. As any accent reduction program would [...]

21 07, 2014

English Accent Training: What Foreign Accents Communicate

2017-03-23T06:46:57-05:00By |

English Accent Training: How Accents Affect Communication People have a natural preference for their native accent. Because of this, native speakers easily recognize when another person is not a native speaker simply by paying attention to their accent. Although one’s accent does not impede the proper use of grammar and pronunciation skills, English accent training [...]

17 07, 2014

Accent Reduction Programs: Reexamining the Canadian Accent Part 2

2017-03-28T05:54:47-05:00By |

Accent Reduction Programs: Canadian Prairie Speech In the first article of our series on Canadian accents, we discussed how linguist Charles Boberg was inspired by the Canadian accents featured in the 2002 movie Fubar to delve deeper into Canadian English. The result of these efforts, a book entitled The English Language in Canada: Status, History [...]

30 06, 2014

Accent Reduction Programs: Reexamining the Canadian accent part 1

2017-03-28T05:54:47-05:00By |

Accent Reduction Programs: Canadian accents The Canadian accent is one of the most widely mocked by comedians who base their act around pointing out racial, cultural and linguistic differences. Although jokes of this nature may get consistent laughs from audiences all over the world, they have the undesired effect of perpetuating and reinforcing stereotypical beliefs. [...]

19 06, 2014

American Accent Training: Neutral Accents in the Philippines

2017-03-23T06:46:59-05:00By |

American Accent Training: Why neutral accents are succeeding in the Philippines In a society that is becoming increasingly dependent on technology for communication and productivity in the workplace, whether it be an iPhone, iPad, Android or personal laptop, any technical breakdown is always ill timed. In response to growing consumer demand for 24/7 tech support, [...]