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.

26 12, 2013

American Accent Training and Why it is Critical to Survival in the US

2017-03-23T06:47:11-05:00By |

American Accent Training and Why It Is Critical To Survival in the US American accent training is not a course that will transform you into a slang-speaking, lip-smacking American or a gentle southern gal who’ll swoon and gush over anything and everything that pleases her. American accent training is the best way to reduce your [...]

23 12, 2013

English Accent Training: How Koreans Adapt to American English

2017-03-28T05:54:45-05:00By |

English Accent Training: How Koreans are Adapting It is natural to have some reservations about finally making a commitment to English accent training, especially if this decision has been weighing on your mind for some time or was mandated by an employer. A misconception you may have upon reading through our articles here at AccentPros [...]

16 12, 2013

Accent Reduction: How To Adjust To A New Accent

2017-03-23T06:47:12-05:00By |

Accent Reduction: Getting Adjusted For many foreign workers, students, and immigrants, the stress and frustration of not being understood because of a different accent drives them to take voice coaching or accent reduction lessons. It"s commendable, since it will help them fit in better and gain more self-confidence to perform at a higher standard of [...]

29 11, 2013

Learn to Speak English: Accents in Advertising Part 1

2017-03-28T05:26:14-05:00By |

Learn to Speak English: Why Accents Sell Products A recent trend in advertising that is gaining momentum is the use of cartoon and CGI characters to sell various products. Research has shown animal characters connect more with audiences than a human spokesperson, acting as a kind of intermediary between the company and customer. Early examples [...]

23 11, 2013

Accent Reduction Programs: The brain and language dialects

2017-03-28T05:54:44-05:00By |

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 [...]

11 11, 2013

learn to speak english: Finding the humor in English

2017-03-28T05:54:44-05:00By |

learn to speak english: Finding the humor in English George Carlin is widely considered to be one of the greatest stand up comedians of all time, alongside other  giants of the medium such as Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks. Any of the aforementioned comedians could be argued as the greatest of all time, [...]

2 11, 2013

Learning the American Accent: Words in the Workplace Part 1

2017-03-28T05:54:44-05:00By |

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 07, 2013

African American Vernacular English : Part 1

2017-03-28T05:54:42-05:00By |

African American Vernacular English (AAVE) is a form of Standard American English (SAE). It is fascinating how different AAVE and SAE are by means of pronunciation/phonology, grammar, and vocabulary. Many people that use the AAVE form ‘code switch’ between AAVE and SAE, utilizing African American Vernacular English reduction. Code switching is a phenomenon that some [...]

19 07, 2013

How to lose your accent: African American Vernacular English

2017-03-28T05:54:42-05:00By |

How to lose your accent The term African American Vernacular English (AAVE) became popular in the mid to late 1980's as a way to describe the unique pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and substitution patterns used by African Americans which  make this speech pattern something beyond a simple dialect. For instance, a person using African American Vernacular [...]

5 07, 2013

Accent Reduction: Foreign Accent Syndrome 101

2017-03-28T05:54:15-05:00By |

Accent Reduction used in Foreign Accent Syndrome Imagine: waking up one day after a traumatic event and having an entirely new voice-an accent to be exact. For some people, such as Kath Lockett, this is a reality. Kath, as shown here in the documentary series, “My Strange Brain”, has Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS). Most people [...]

30 04, 2013

American Accent: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

2017-03-23T06:47:17-05:00By |

American Accent by Dr. Suess Author Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Suess, has remained one of the literary world's most popular and respected authors due to his ability to deliver universal themes in anapestic tetrameter, a writing form that features four anapestic metrical feet per line. Two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable.  [...]

4 02, 2013

American Accent Classes: Jony Ive of Apple Gives a Lesson

2017-03-23T06:47:19-05:00By |

American Accent Classes: Impacted by Apple? Since we teach American accent classes at Accent Pros, we love to analyze the speaking patterns of individuals.  Over the past couple of years, we have been intrigued by a spokesperson at Apple.  Yes he has an accent, but more importantly, he speaks in a manner which not only [...]

21 12, 2012

How Singing Affects Native Accents

2017-03-23T06:47:19-05:00By |

Does singing truly negate individual accents? If you were to scan the playlist on your personal music player, paying  attention only to how clearly the lyrics are pronounced in a given song, you'd be surprised to note that, irrespective of factors such as genre, musicianship, vocal style and melody, a singer's native accent normally isn't [...]

30 11, 2012

Second Language Acquisition in Children and the Role of Accent Training

2017-03-23T06:47:20-05:00By |

How Children Acquire a Second Language Young children acquire languages almost effortlessly. Typically developing children under the age of three  learn new languages easily due to a process known as simultaneous second language learning, whereas older children learn a second language sequentially. Although there was once a fear that exposing a child to two separate [...]

27 11, 2012

The Correct Pronunciation of the Definite Article

2017-03-23T06:47:20-05:00By |

The Two Types of English Articles In English there are two  articles, the indefinite and the definite article. The indefinite articles are "a" and "an", used before consonant and vowel sounds respectively. The definite article is "the", and is used in writing  consistently before consonant and vowel sounds. The definite article is usually used when [...]

17 11, 2012

Can The American Accent and Pronunciation Style be Mastered Effectively Online?

2017-03-23T06:47:21-05:00By |

Does an ideal form of "standard English" exist? Foreign demand to learn American standard English , featuring distinct accent and pronunciation characteristics, continues to grow exponentially. This is due to the pervasiveness of American culture in forms of mass media. The question of whether a foreign student of world languages should learn Standard American English [...]

17 09, 2012

Standard Spanish: Is Castilian or Peninsular Spanish the standard for dialect and accent across all Spanish speaking countries?

2017-03-23T06:47:22-05:00By |

Second to English and Chinese, Spanish is one of the widest spoken languages in the world, with over twenty nations claiming it as their official tongue. One of the Romance Languages (descended from common or "vulgar" Latin), Spanish shares syntax similarities to Italian, French, Romanian and Portuguese, among others. The modern Castilian region of [...]

8 06, 2012

Speech Profiling – Is it Wrong?

2017-03-23T06:47:24-05:00By |

What is Speech Profiling? To profile someone means to make a judgment based on his or her appearance, background, or the way he or she speaks. The most common form of profiling involves judging people based on their race, known as "racial profiling". If you talk with a foreign accent while speaking English, others may [...]

9 05, 2012

Can Comprehension of Accented Speech Decrease with Age?

2017-03-23T06:47:25-05:00By |

An Unexplored Avenue Much research has been completed in the field of aging and the ability of the body to adapt both physically and mentally as its various systems decline, but only recently have researchers begun to address the question of whether or not older adults have a more difficult time understanding accented speech compared [...]