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6 08, 2013

Accent reduction: Alcohol and the accent

2017-03-28T05:54:42-05:00By |

Accent reduction process and alcohol Drinking in excess can quickly impair reflexes and cause impulsive behavior. For non-native English speakers, alcohol  amplifies your native accent while working against the muscle memory training exercises taught in Accent reduction. The parts of the brain responsible for Accent reduction become fatigued when someone has  become legally drunk. Often [...]

3 08, 2013

Accent Reduction: In A World

2017-03-28T05:54:42-05:00By |

In A World...with Accent Reduction When you’re at the movie theater and the previews come on, what type of voice do you hear at the beginning of a movie trailer? Most likely it’s the deep voice of a man. The new movie coming out August 9, 2013, In A World, turns the tables on this [...]

30 04, 2013

American Accent: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

2017-03-23T06:47:17-05:00By |

American Accent by Dr. Suess Author Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Suess, has remained one of the literary world's most popular and respected authors due to his ability to deliver universal themes in anapestic tetrameter, a writing form that features four anapestic metrical feet per line. Two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable.  [...]

27 04, 2013

Chicago Accent on Saturday Night Live (SNL)

2017-03-23T06:47:17-05:00By |

Chicago Accent: The Birth of a Stereotype On January 12, 1991, Saturdayy Night Live (SNL) debuted a recurring skit known as Bill Swerski's Superfans, which would come to define the so called "Chicago accent" for generations of non-native Chicagoans. The accent used in the skit continues to be bandied about to this day as a shorthanded representation of [...]

21 12, 2012

How Singing Affects Native Accents

2017-03-23T06:47:19-05:00By |

Does singing truly negate individual accents? If you were to scan the playlist on your personal music player, paying  attention only to how clearly the lyrics are pronounced in a given song, you'd be surprised to note that, irrespective of factors such as genre, musicianship, vocal style and melody, a singer's native accent normally isn't [...]

3 12, 2012

The Untold Story of the Geico Gecko’s Brooklyn Bridge Commercial Shoot

2017-03-23T06:47:20-05:00By |

Recently Accent Pros brought you the story of the Geico gecko's experiences during a stay in Chicago.  In NYC, the gecko was nearly hit by a cyclist during a Brooklyn Bridge commercial shoot for Geico's "The Gecko's Journey" series. Below you will find the transcript of our interview with the gecko as he answered our [...]

18 11, 2012

Is Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln Accent Historically Accurate?

2017-03-23T06:47:21-05:00By |

Searching for Lincoln"s True Voice The first phonograph (a device to record and playback sounds) was invented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1877, twelve years after  the death of Abraham Lincoln. As such, no recording of Abraham Lincoln"s legendary speeches exists  to highlight those variables which contributed to Lincoln"s status as one of the great [...]

12 09, 2012

Are VOA News Special English Videos on YouTube good for accent reduction?

2017-03-23T06:47:22-05:00By |

What is the VOA News Special English video series? Voice Of America  (VOA) News Special English videos emphasize that individuals can observe the natural rhythm of the American Accent  while learning about current events across a variety of subjects, including world news, business, entertainment and technology. Users can access the videos via VOA's website or [...]

26 08, 2012

Don’t Name an Asteroid

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

  1. When people find your accent funny, they start ignoring you.   2. When people ignore you, you become more assertive.   3. When you become more assertive, you feel compelled to declare your love.   4. When you feel compelled to declare your love, you name a star after your girlfriend.   5. [...]

24 04, 2012

The Geico Gecko takes on the Chicago Accent

2017-03-23T06:47:25-05:00By |

Geico has launched a commercial series entitled "The Gecko"s Journey," in which their mascot travels around the U.S. After nearly getting trampled during his New York City Brooklyn bridge commercial shoot last month, the gecko decided to recuperate from this traumatic experience by spending a couple of weeks in Chicago, taking in a game from [...]

28 02, 2012

Accent Reduction for Corporate Career Building

2017-03-23T06:47:27-05:00By |

Why Would Accent Reduction Enrich the Careers of Corporate Executives? Accent reduction training is becoming more common among people across the world who want or need to improve their standard American accent. There are a number of different reasons an individual may want to reduce his or her foreign accent. One reason that has been [...]

10 02, 2012

What is the Origin of Language?

2017-03-23T06:47:27-05:00By |

There is no universal consensus on a specific origin date language was brought into the world. Although there is evidence that suggests humans existed hundreds of thousands of years ago, there are still debates regarding the specific origin of language. There have also been a number of different theories developed regarding language origins, but the [...]