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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

10 08, 2015

Paddle Your Own Canoe-Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36+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 [...]

26 03, 2015

Nautical Idioms Part 3

2017-03-23T06:46:42+00:00 By |

Nautical Idioms and Accent Reduction Tips These nautical idioms are plain sailing your journey of improving your English skills!   Nautical Idioms 1 – To the bitter end Definition: To persist with something until you can put forth no further effort. Also used as a way of declaring one's commitment to a relationship Example: If [...]

23 02, 2015

Sand Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:43+00:00 By |

Sand Idioms and Accent Reduction 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 [...]

16 02, 2015

“Play” Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:44+00:00 By |

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 [...]

9 02, 2015

Learn to Speak English: Mispronounced Words

2017-03-23T06:46:44+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: Working Towards Clearer Pronunciation Business professionals and others who speak English as a second language (ESL) know that when speaking, they are likely to be judged by strangers for speaking American English with an accent. Any advantage an ESL speaker can find as they learn to speak English will help in [...]

5 02, 2015

Learn to Speak English: Mispronounced Words

2017-03-23T06:46:44+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: Working Towards Clearer Pronunciation Business professionals and others who speak English as a second language (ESL) know that when speaking, they are likely to be judged by strangers for speaking American English with an accent. Any advantage an ESL speaker can find as they learn to speak English will help in [...]

2 02, 2015

Learn to Speak English: Mispronounced Words

2017-03-23T06:46:45+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English- Frequently Mispronounced Words: Places Business professionals and others who speak English as a second language (ESL) know that when speaking, they are likely to be judged by strangers for speaking American English with an accent. Any advantage an ESL speaker can find as they learn to speak English will help in [...]

29 01, 2015

Learn to Speak English: Mispronounced Words

2017-03-23T06:46:45+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: Mispronounced Words-Food Business professionals and others who speak English as a second language (ESL) know that when speaking, they are likely to be judged by strangers for speaking American English with an accent. Any advantage an ESL speaker can find as they learn to speak English will help in establishing credibility. [...]

26 01, 2015

Learn to Speak English: Mispronounced Words

2017-03-23T06:46:45+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: Working Towards Clearer Pronunciation Business professionals and others who speak English as a second language (ESL) know that when speaking, they are likely to be judged by strangers for speaking American English with an accent. Any advantage an ESL speaker can find as they learn to speak English will help in [...]

22 01, 2015

Learn to Speak English: Mispronounced Words

2017-03-23T06:46:45+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: Working Towards Clearer Pronunciation Business professionals and others who speak English as a second language (ESL) know that when speaking, they are likely to be judged by strangers for speaking American English with an accent. Any advantage an ESL speaker can find as they learn to speak English will help in [...]

6 11, 2014

American Accent Training: Heteronyms

2017-03-23T06:46:50+00:00 By |

American Accent Training: Heteronyms From the beginning, AccentPros' ongoing idiom series has been praised by both casual visitors of our website and those enrolled in our American accent training programs. Many appreciate the extra language based tips which help them communicate more effectively. Our idiom series addresses a wide breadth of slang terms and other [...]