Accent Reduction: How to Practice

What is the “foreground” and “background” for learning to improve your accent, or for getting good at any serious skill? Every student knows that practicing and repeating exercises is important, but this is only half of the picture. 
The foreground side is what’s engaged when we’re actively doing something:  trying out new material, repeating, drilling, reviewing. The background side is the learning that takes place behind the scenes, at the unconscious level…

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Accent, Identity, and My American DNA

In search of my American DNA There are many good reasons to hire an accent coach to help with accent correction. If your job description includes communication in any capacity (and really, which job doesn’t?), mastering your accent will definitely make you a better communicator. Accent work will improve your delivery, boost your confidence and…

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The Fake Microphone Strategy

An accent, whether foreign or regional, can be described as a package of substitutions. Non-native speakers who have an accent substitute features of their original language’s accent for features of their secondary language. An accent can be described by variations in pronunciation, intonation and rhythm patterns, resonance, “vibe”, and general vocal tract physicality. Add to…

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