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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 [...]

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 [...]

2 12, 2015

Blaze a Trail – Workplace Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30+00:00 By |

If you stop to think about it, many slang phrases in the American lexicon originated as song lyrics. The majority of these seemingly fall out of favor as quickly as they appear. Part of this has to do with the fact these terms become dated, thus dating the person who uses them frequently and giving [...]

18 11, 2015

Badger to Death – Workplace Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30+00:00 By |

Do you have one person in your office who's notoriously hard to contact outside of work? They sit  in their cubicle and produce consistently good work, yet they're consistently described by those around them as being "introverted" or a "lone wolf." Thanks to social  media websites like Twitter and Facebook, you may find these people [...]

14 11, 2015

Greek to me – Language Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:30+00:00 By |

Imagine for a moment you are sitting in your cubicle at work and you overhear a conversation. Should the company continue to sell to the same consumer base, thus ensuring a marginal profit, or should they try to go after a different demographic? Due to the inherent risk and weight of this decision, expressions such as [...]

13 10, 2015

Chinese Whispers – Gossip Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:31+00:00 By |

We've all been there. You hear an exciting bit of office gossip and immediately begin to think of not only who you're going to tell it to first, but how you're going to tell them. E-mail? Text? Tweet? Direct Message? With the explosion of social media and texting services available to us in this current [...]

8 09, 2015

Keep the Ball Rolling – Idiom

2017-03-23T06:46:32+00:00 By |

Imagine for a moment you are sitting in your cubicle at work and you overhear a conversation: should the company continue to sell to the same consumer base, thus ensuring a marginal profit or should they try to go after a different demographic? Due to the inherent risk and weight of this decision, expressions such as [...]

1 09, 2015

Throw in The Towel – Sports Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:32+00:00 By |

Have you ever felt the urge to throw in the towel after a particularly difficult day at the office? Such feelings may creep up if you feel as though you've taken on more responsibility than you can handle in the hopes of getting a promotion. There is also a sense of frustration over not having [...]

30 10, 2014

Accent Reduction: Deadline Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:51+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 [...]

1 09, 2014

Accent Reduction: Work and Office Idioms

2017-03-23T06:46:54+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 [...]

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 [...]

23 11, 2013

Accent Reduction Programs: The brain and language dialects

2017-03-28T05:54:44+00:00 By |

Accent reduction programs: What can Japanese teach us about American English? As a non native speaker of English, you are more conscious than most people of how your particular accent comes across to others, as you attempt to enunciate words as clearly as possible to avoid drawing attention to your accent. However have you ever [...]

2 11, 2013

Learning the American Accent: Words in the Workplace Part 1

2017-03-28T05:54:44+00:00 By |

The vast majority of clients we work with say the area they are least confident with when speaking, is in the workplace. Many find it hard to communicate with their colleagues, or they are uncomfortable when their colleagues ask them about their accent (Where are you from? You don’t sound like you’re from around here, [...]

6 03, 2012

Coping with Accent Discrimination in the Corporate World

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

Corporate executives, living in or traveling to the U.S. on a regular basis to forge relationships with clients, will find accent reduction classes beneficial. The classes will allow them to be understood by the widest possible audience and lessen the chance an important piece of information will be misinterpreted. How Can Accent Reduction Classes Help? [...]

28 02, 2012

Accent Reduction for Corporate Career Building

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

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 [...]