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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 [...]

28 09, 2016

English Accent Training for French Speakers -Part 1

2017-03-23T06:46:22+00:00 By |

Native French speakers who wish to learn to Speak English with a modified accent usually find they have difficulty adjusting to the short "i" sound in American English given that all the vowels in French are naturally long. They also struggle at times with clearly enunciating the "th" syllable when it is found at the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

7 09, 2016

How to Speak English: Mispronounced Words 5

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

One of the easiest ways to take control of your speech as you begin to learn how to speak English with a refined, standardized American accent is by creating a running list of all those words you believe you habitually mispronounce during the course of a day. This list, in turn, can be used by [...]

30 08, 2016

Learning the American Accent: Mispronounced Words 4

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

For many people, the process of going from merely thinking about learning the American accent to acting on such ambitions by contacting an accent reduction service like AccentPros is an intimidating journey. One fraught with indecision. After all, accent reduction training forces clients to not only modify their accent, a longstanding part of their personal [...]

22 08, 2016

Learning The American Accent: Mispronounced Words 3

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

There's an old saying, "It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." While there's wisdom in this phrase given you don't want to become so vocal that you are quickly viewed by coworkers as being arrogant and dismissive of opinions contrary to your own, [...]

1 07, 2016

Accent Reduction Programs: Mispronounced Words 2

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

After researching various accent reduction programs and the various forms they take (online conference sessions, in person office visits, audio CD or mp3 programs centered around repetition of sounds, words, and basic concepts, or client directed accent reduction programs in which you work through the individual stages of an accent reduction program independently), you're likely [...]

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 [...]

7 06, 2016

American Accent Training: Mispronounced Words 1

2017-03-23T06:46:25+00:00 By |

The goal of American accent training is not to alter a client's manner of speaking in any radical way or to eliminate an accent all together. This is impossible. In any case, an accent is an essential part of a speaker's personal identity. American accent training strives to reduce individual accents while simultaneously giving individuals [...]

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 [...]

10 05, 2016

“Coffee” Vs. “Copy” – English Accent Training

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

If you started at your present company as an intern, chances are good you heard the words "coffee" and "copy" quite frequently. Most likely in the form of demands. As in, "I'd like you to get me an extra large cup of coffee with 2 shots of espresso and extra cream." Or, "The copy of [...]

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 [...]

20 04, 2016

Vowels /æ/ and /e/ – English for Russian Speakers 4

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

Vowels /æ/ and /e/ Due to the dissimilarities in phonological systems, native Russian speakers who wish to learn how to speak English with a neutral sounding accent,--an attribute most often given to English speakers in the Midwestern United states--find it relatively challenging to pronounce English vowels in such a way that when necessary, the vowels [...]

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 [...]

24 03, 2016

“Live” vs. “Leave” – English Accent Training

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

The word "live" can be confusing to ESL speakers because the word can potentially be pronounced two different ways and have a multitude of meanings depending on the sentence.  As you progress through your English accent training, always be aware of the context in which a difficult word or sound is being presented, as this [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]