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.

9 06, 2014

English Accent Training Self-Evaluation: Proper Intonation

2017-03-28T06:04:52+00:00By |

English Accent Training: The Importance of Intonation When you join any English accent training program, you will notice that there is a great emphasis on intonation. Intonation is the natural rhythm of a language that is created through changes in pitch. Think of intonation as the thing that gives English its musical quality. Every rise [...]

26 05, 2014

English Accent Training Self-Evaluation: Correct Pronunciation

2017-03-28T06:06:05+00:00By |

English Accent Training Self-Evaluation: Correct Pronunciation Part of any effective English accent training course is knowing how to pronounce words properly. The essence of a word sometimes disappears when mispronounced, causing misunderstandings between people who are trying to communicate effectively. English Accent Training: The Importance of Correct Pronunciation Correct pronunciation is very important, especially for [...]

8 05, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Finding the Humor in English part 4

2017-03-28T06:06:55+00:00By |

Learn to speak English: Is there an acceptable way to make fun of accents? In November 2011, UK Prime Minister David Cameron ignited a media firestorm when he imitated Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's accent during a foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor of London's banquet. Cameron's hackneyed impersonation was an intended punch line [...]

5 05, 2014

Accent Reduction Programs: Native Language Interference

2017-03-28T06:06:30+00:00By |

 Accent Reduction Programs: Native Language Interference One of the biggest problems encountered by people who are trying to learn English is that the innate rules present in their native accent interfere with their ability to learn American English as taught in accent reduction programs. Native, or L1 accents, are ingrained in people from birth and [...]

1 05, 2014

How to Speak English: Name Phrases Part 4

2017-03-28T06:08:41+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 [...]

28 04, 2014

Accent Reduction: Idioms 35

2017-03-23T06:47:02+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 [...]

7 04, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Learning Through Sitcoms part 2

2017-03-23T06:47:05+00:00By |

Learn to Speak English: Which comprehension techniques work best for you? If you have just discovered AccentPros and are eager to learn to speak English by dedicating yourself to one of our many programs, you may be uncertain as to which techniques will yield the best results. Some people are able to learn to speak [...]

3 04, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Accent Perception in Bilingual Children

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

Learn to speak English: The push for bilingual speakers As they begin to learn to speak English, studies have shown children show a natural preference for those American dialects which are similar to their own, such as the standard American English accent found in the Midwest. Many parents believe they can eliminate favoritism toward a [...]

31 03, 2014

How to Speak English: American Name Phrases

2017-03-28T06:09:22+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 [...]

24 03, 2014

Learn to speak English: Learning through sitcoms

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

Learn to Speak English: The Power of Television One of the key points we hope you take away from our accents in advertising article series is the idea that you can learn a great deal about how to speak English just by watching commercials on TV, a part of the medium that is often ignored [...]

21 03, 2014

How to Speak English: Name Phrases part 3

2017-03-28T06:08:52+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 [...]

17 03, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Accent Discrimination in The House of Commons

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

Learn to Speak English: Overcoming accent prejudice in the UK Recently, select members of the Tory party within the British parliament have been accused of harassing women due to their Northern British accents. The term "northern" is an umbrella term which encompasses those UK dialects found in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, with some defining dialect [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

24 02, 2014

English Accent Training: Do Children Need Accent Training?

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

English accent training: Are Pronunciation Programs Necessary with Young Children? Humans are born with the ability to make 40 universal sounds, which are then gradually decoded by the brain and associated with specific words and actions. This allows a child's vocabulary and understanding of a language to grow at a far more rapid pace than [...]

20 02, 2014

How to Speak English: Accent Attitudes Part 1

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

How to speak English: Tracking the development of accent attitudes 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 reason,  including fear of the unknown in another language and the time and effort required to [...]

13 02, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Accents in Advertising part 3

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

Learn to Speak English: How are accents being used in advertising? In the world of advertising, agencies always looking for the next big thing that will convince audiences to part with their hard earned money. As we have discussed in the previous installments of our learn to speak English, accents in advertising series. Cartoon and [...]

6 02, 2014

Accent Reduction: Stress and Syllable Timed Languages

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

Accent Reduction: Does Timing Really Matter? All languages can be classified as either stressed timed or syllable timed. Stress timed languages feature syllables that are stressed at regular intervals and for a longer period than vowels in unstressed syllables.  Languages that utilize stressed timing are English, Arabic, Dutch, German, Norwegian, and Russian. An example of [...]

30 01, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Valley Girl Speak and Gender Lines

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

Learn to Speak English: Is "valley girl" speak crossing gender and state lines? California has long been known as the home of Hollywood. Many struggling actors, actresses and writers from around the world  are drawn there by the potential of fame, just hoping for the one opportunity to prove themselves as a viable commodity within [...]

13 01, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Finding the Humor in English part 3

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

Learn to Speak English: The language of comedy When most people envision how standup comedians craft material, they likely see images of a comic browsing the internet, flipping through channels during prime time TV hours, or scanning newspaper headlines. Much like public speakers and other professionals, comedians must be constantly be aware of the language [...]