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15 03, 2017

How to Speak English: Olympic Languages

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

 Why English and French Were Considered Co-Official Languages of the 2016 Summer Olympics The 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio were plagued by controversy seemingly from the minute Brazil was selected as the host country for these games on October 2, 2009.  Most of the controversy centered around the fact the Olympic  athletes risked [...]

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 [...]

27 07, 2015

Taken for a Ride – Travel Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:36+00:00 By |

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 [...]

26 05, 2015

Accents in Movies: The Tim Monich Way

2017-03-23T06:46:39+00:00 By |

What Accent is That? Do you usually notice when an actor or actress is using an accent for their character in a movie? An actor's poor attempt at adopting a particular accent can also ruin otherwise good movies by making their character's dialogue difficult or impossible to understand. Depending on the number of accents present, [...]

21 05, 2015

Accents and Identity in Gangs of New York

2017-03-23T06:46:39+00:00 By |

Capturing Accents Lost to History In the previous two Accents in Movies articles, we've talked about the important role dialect coach Tim Monich has played in helping some of Hollywood's most high profile actors master a variety of complex accents, from the standard native New York accent to a southern accent that reflects a background [...]

14 05, 2015

American Sniper and Bradley Cooper’s Accent

2017-03-23T06:46:39+00:00 By |

American Sniper The Clint Eastwood directed film American Sniper was given a worldwide release on January 16, 2015, and--as of this writing--has generated $247 million at the American box office. American Sniper, the biographical war film is based on the experiences of the late US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who is regarded as the most [...]

4 09, 2014

Accent Reduction Programs: Accentism in the media

2017-03-23T06:46:54+00:00 By |

Accent Reduction Programs: How Social Media Contributes to Accentism Researchers at the University of Manchester broadly define accentism as, " the frustration a person with a foreign accent experiences after modifying their accent, believing they are conceding to public pressure when they adopt a speech pattern that makes them sound different than they are accustomed [...]

14 08, 2014

Accent Reduction: Time Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:56+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 [...]

7 08, 2014

English Accent Training: How to Neutralize Your Accent at Home

2017-03-23T06:46:56+00:00 By |

English Accent Training: How to Neutralize Your Accent at Home As businesses continue to thrive and expand in a global setting, the need for effective communication rises with it. English accent training has become a necessity for foreign business professionals hoping  for personal improvement and the ability to close business deals consistently in an intensely [...]

4 08, 2014

English Accent Training: How Music Helps With Proper Pronunciation

2017-03-23T06:46:57+00:00 By |

English Accent Training: How Music Can Help With Proper Pronunciation Music exists in different languages, but songs in standard American English can be heard everywhere. Foreign musicians themselves who want to enter in the American scene aim to lessen their accents in order to heighten their accessibility with American audiences and pay homage to their [...]

31 07, 2014

Accent Reduction Program: Famous People Who Dropped Their Native Accents

2017-03-23T06:46:57+00:00 By |

Accent Reduction Program: Famous People Who Dropped Their Native Accents An accent reduction program can really make a person sound like a native speaker of a local language. Traces of their original accent can be reduced and substantially minimized through exercises and drills which help individuals sound like native English speakers. It is important to [...]

8 05, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Finding the Humor in English part 4

2017-03-23T06:47:02+00:00 By |

Learn to speak English: Is there an acceptable way to make fun of accents? In November 2011, UK Prime Minister David Cameron ignited a media firestorm when he imitated Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's accent during a foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor of London's banquet. Cameron's hackneyed impersonation was an intended punch line [...]

7 04, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Learning Through Sitcoms part 2

2017-03-23T06:47:05+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: Which comprehension techniques work best for you? If you have just discovered AccentPros and are eager to learn to speak English by dedicating yourself to one of our many programs, you may be uncertain as to which techniques will yield the best results. Some people are able to learn to speak [...]

24 03, 2014

Learn to speak English: Learning through sitcoms

2017-03-23T06:47:06+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: The Power of Television One of the key points we hope you take away from our accents in advertising article series is the idea that you can learn a great deal about how to speak English just by watching commercials on TV, a part of the medium that is often ignored [...]

6 03, 2014

How to Speak English: Accent Attitudes Part 2

2017-03-23T06:47:07+00:00 By |

How to speak English: Do You Suffer From "linguistic Insecurity"? Those who decide to take on the task of learning how to speak English and/or reduce their native accent are usually hesitant to do so for a number of reasons, including fear of the unknown in another language and the time and effort required to [...]

13 02, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Accents in Advertising part 3

2017-03-23T06:47:08+00:00 By |

Learn to Speak English: How are accents being used in advertising? In the world of advertising, agencies always looking for the next big thing that will convince audiences to part with their hard earned money. As we have discussed in the previous installments of our learn to speak English, accents in advertising series. Cartoon and [...]

20 01, 2014

Accent Reduction Programs: Are robots learning the standard American Accent?

2017-03-23T06:47:10+00:00 By |

Accent Reduction Programs: Are telemarketing robots learning the standard American Accent? It ranks up near the top of the list of universal human experiences, occurring almost daily. The caller ID displays a random number you don't recognize. You pick  up the phone and are greeted by a monotonous, blatantly robotic  voice asking you to take [...]

4 01, 2014

Learn to Speak English: Finding the Humor in English part 2

2017-03-23T06:47:10+00:00 By |

Learn to speak English: George Carlin Discusses Political Language  On May 13, 1999,  George Carlin delivered a speech in Washington D.C.'s National Press Club. While other comedians might have used this unique platform as an opportunity to advocate for a specific cause or person and deviate from comedy, Carlin made his intentions clear from the [...]

11 11, 2013

learn to speak english: Finding the humor in English

2017-03-23T06:47:13+00:00 By |

learn to speak english: Finding the humor in English George Carlin is widely considered to be one of the greatest stand up comedians of all time, alongside other  giants of the medium such as Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks. Any of the aforementioned comedians could be argued as the greatest of all time, [...]

5 11, 2013

Learn How to Speak English: Can you learn using an app?

2017-03-23T06:47:13+00:00 By |

Anything is possible, so the follow-up question should be: how well can a person learn how to speak English using a simple app? The answer is that… the process is never that simple. Yes, there are several apps but they are limited to generic, standard lessons. It’s a far cry from a personalized lesson and [...]