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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 [...]

21 02, 2017

Learn American English: Mispronounced Words 6

2017-03-23T06:46:14+00:00 By |

When trying to learn American English, one possible stumbling block is the pronunciation style of American English itself. The style focused on in accent reduction training is meant to achieve a standard American English accent. By contrast, the native English speakers you interact with on a business level and socially are more apt to use [...]

26 01, 2017

Learn American English: Mispronounced Words 5

2017-03-23T06:46:15+00:00 By |

As  you try to learn American English, one possible stumbling block may be the very pronunciation style focused on in accent reduction training. It is meant to achieve a standard American English accent. By contrast, the native English speakers are you interact with on a business level and socially are more apt to use slang [...]

18 01, 2017

Accent Reduction: Mispronounced Words 4

2017-03-23T06:46:15+00:00 By |

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 mispronounce informal slang and phrases that are regularly used in the workplace, and on various popular social media platforms [...]

13 01, 2017

Accent Reduction: Mispronounced Words 3

2017-03-23T06:46:15+00:00 By |

Today's commonly mispronounced words entry begins with "library", a word that is difficult for many in accent reduction training to pronounce correctly. Primarily due to the presence of two consonants in the second syllable. As you'll see below, one of the consonants often gets dropped during the process of enunciating the word, which can lead [...]

3 01, 2017

Learn American English: Mispronounced Words 2

2017-03-23T06:46:16+00:00 By |

Today's commonly mispronounced words entry begins with "across", a word that is likely to provoke a lot of questions from those who are attempting to learn American English with a reduced accent. The reason for this is quite simple: There are many highly educated, working Americans who mispronounce this word on a regular basis without [...]

23 11, 2016

Learn American English- Mispronounced Words

2017-03-23T06:46:20+00:00 By |

After reading this article you may be left with the impression that the best way to learn American English is trough repetition. Until you feel as though you know the selected words by heart and can integrate them into your everyday vocabulary seamlessly. Such an idea is reinforced by accent reduction CD's and programs such [...]

7 11, 2016

American Accent Training: Mispronounced Words 7

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

The final installment in this edition of our commonly mispronounced words series leads off with "ask." At face value, this one syllable word may seem overly simplistic and not worthy of much attention as you refine your pronunciation skills in American accent training. However a closer look reveals "ask" to be a word whose mispronunciation [...]

1 11, 2016

Accent Reduction Training: Common British Phrases

2017-03-23T06:46:21+00:00 By |

Americans have long maintained a fascination with British culture. Specifically British English and its associated bevy of wholly unique terms and phrases that have led some to define it as being more sophisticated and proper than American English, while still others find the mere sound of the accent attractive. In truth, British English is no [...]

26 10, 2016

How to Speak English: Mispronounced Words 6

2017-03-23T06:46:21+00:00 By |

The time has come for you to learn how to speak English with an Americanized, neutral accent. Initially the process may seem overwhelming, causing your mind to conjure up visions of sitting in an office repeating a textbook list of words and phrases ad nauseam, in the vain hope that you'll see  minimal improvement at [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]