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6 02, 2014

Accent Reduction: Stress and Syllable Timed Languages

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

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 [...]

21 09, 2013

Common English Phrases Part 4-Are You Saying Them Correctly?

2017-03-28T05:54:43+00:00 By |

Part 4 of the Common English Phrases series is in! Here, we show five more phrases/words that are commonly mispronounced and incorrectly said. As previously mentioned, this could be caused by auditory differentiation mistakes-meaning that our brains perceive sounds differently than our ears. No need to guess what is right anymore, you can now feel [...]

13 09, 2013

Accent Reduction: What To Say and Where To Say It-Part 2

2017-03-28T06:11:25+00:00 By |

Part 2 of our “What To Say and Where To Say It” series is here! This article will explain the lexical (word) and phonological (sound) differences that occur throughout the United States. Joshua Katz, a North Carolina State University doctoral student in statistics, created over one hundred maps of these features. So far we have [...]

2 09, 2013

Common English Phrases Part 3-Are You Saying Them Correctly?

2017-03-28T05:54:43+00:00 By |

Part 3 of the Common English Phrases series is in! Here, we show five more phrases/words that are commonly mispronounced and incorrectly spoken. As previously mentioned, this could be caused by auditory differentiation mistakes-meaning that the brain perceives sounds differently than the ears. With the information gained from this article, you can now be rest [...]

23 08, 2013

Accent Reduction: What to say and Where to say it

2017-03-28T05:54:43+00:00 By |

A few months ago, we came out with an article exploring the phenomena of lexical (word) and phonological (sound) differences in the United States. Out of the 100 maps of these features, we only looked at two in depth. In this article, we’ll look at how learning what to say and where to say it, [...]

15 08, 2013

Common English Phrases Part 2- Are you saying them correctly?

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

Common English Phrases Part 2 of our series is finally in! Learning Common English Phrases can help improve your knowledge of the English language. It goes a step beyond just learning English-applying the words to create a phrase with a whole new meaning. As mentioned in part 1 of the series, these Common English Phrases [...]

18 07, 2013

Common English Phrases Part 1-Are you saying them correctly?

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

Common English Phrases Part 1-Are you saying them correctly? So you have 'two heads ate better than one' and 'look on the bright-side' down, but are you really sure it's 'nip in the butt'? Or is it 'bud'? Time to put your mind at ease-we have the answer to your problems! In this new series, [...]

7 12, 2012

Commonly Mispronounced English Words

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

Native English Speakers Mispronounce Words More Often Than You Think When you begin accent reduction training you may be perplexed by the fact that many English words are not spelled phonetically. Moreover, English is filled with homophones, or two words that sound alike but have divergent spellings and meanings, such as meet and meat. Although [...]

27 11, 2012

The Correct Pronunciation of the Definite Article

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

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+00:00 By |

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 [...]

20 09, 2012

Learning English Pronunciation of the Word “Of”




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

The pronunciation of many words in the English language is sometimes puzzling to non-native speakers. One example would be the word "of". The word's history reveals interesting details about why it is pronounced with /v/ instead of an /f/. Its first known use is traced back to before the 12th century. By that time, people [...]

28 04, 2012

Listening is an Important Step to Correct English Pronunciation

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

When it comes to learning completely new pronunciation during speech, it is important to be an auditory learner. This simply means you will learn something new through listening, and you will depend on hearing and repeating as your primary way of learning. When improving your American English pronunciation, you must first be able to hear [...]

5 04, 2012

The Great Vowel Shift

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

What was the Great Vowel Shift? The great vowel shift refers to a period roughly from the twelfth century to the eighteenth century in England when all of the long vowels in English were raised--with the most substantial development coming in the 15th and 16th centuries--creating a drastic shift away from the pronunciation methods found [...]

28 03, 2012

How to Pronounce Common English Phrases

2017-03-23T06:47:26+00:00 By |

If you are an individual who is looking to improve your English or are currently learning the English language, it will benefit you to make sure you are studying English pronunciation. Pronunciation is the primary aspect noticed by those you communicate with; therefore it is important to be able to articulate the correct sounds of [...]

20 02, 2012

Fun with English: The Pronunciation Manual and Book Videos

2017-03-23T06:47:27+00:00 By |

Featured earlier today on the Ellen DeGeneres show were two insightful ways to pronounce words in the American English language.  The Pronunciation Book is a series of English pronunciation videos of single words correctly spoken.  The other, The Pronunciation Manual, is a spoof on the Pronunciation Book videos.  Here is a video of Ellen's feature on the topic:   What is [...]