Education

19 01, 2016

Young Turk – Political Idioms

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With America due to elect a new President in 2016, today's featured idiom, "Young Turk," is rather timely. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are looking to capture the youth vote and have their respective party's ideology appeal to the youth of America on an emotional first and foremost. To accomplish this, Democratic Presidential candidate [...]

27 07, 2015

Taken for a Ride – Travel Idioms

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With the advent of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter the realm of slang terminology is seemingly growing bigger with each passing day. Many words, including “hash tag” and “friended”, have crossed over into formal discourse. This has further blurred the line between what can be considered formal and informal speech. You can [...]

23 07, 2015

Marketing the Irish Language

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To increase their marketability, British and American actors must be versatile enough to master a wide range of accents, including the American southern accent, New York, and Boston accents. When moviegoers see their favorite actors playing a role that requires a specific accent they normally don't have an appreciation for how many hours the actor [...]

13 07, 2015

The Newfoundland Accent in Canada

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Newfoundland and Labrador have the collective distinction of being Canada's most Eastern providence. The mainland Labrador and island Labrador are often described as being a single entity, despite the fact that nearly 92 percent of the providence's total population of 526,702 lives on Labrador. Aside from their close proximity to one another, another fascinating part [...]

9 07, 2015

The French Language in Louisiana

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It used to be that servers working in French-themed restaurants outside France were the only ones who were proficient in basic phrases found in the French language. These were used to great effect when interacting with customers and taking orders. Now, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, CODOFIL, is spearheading an effort [...]

1 06, 2015

Accent Bias on Rate My Professors

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Perception is Everything In professions where speaking is the primary form of communication, the tendency for accent bias to develop to various degrees amongst a speaker's audience is inevitable. It is an unfortunate reality for foreign born business executives, teachers and CEO's, who must work harder than their American counterparts when speaking to get listeners [...]

17 01, 2013

Accent Reduction Training-The Voices of California Project

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Accent Reduction Training: Increasingly Localized As was discussed in a previous article, the standard California accent is thought to be closest in tone to the standard American English spoken throughout the Midwest and emphasized in accent reduction training. A direct result of  Midwestern settlers migrating to San Francisco during the gold rush period from 1848-1855. [...]

7 09, 2012

Are Accent Reduction Classes Popular Among MBA Students?

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The Value of An American Education In today's global economy, international MBA students are choosing to study in America, believing the American educational  experience combined with a learned comfort level interpreting the American accent will place them ahead of equally qualified job candidates. Every year more than 1,400,000  exchange students apply to  study abroad, with [...]

23 04, 2012

Do Students have More Difficulty Learning from a Teacher with a Foreign Accent?

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Learning to speak a different language or accent is bound to be a difficult task from the start. It is such a challenge because individuals are naturally accustomed to the sounds and language they learned as children. If you are a foreign speaker who decides to learn English from someone who speaks the same native [...]