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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Introduction to American Culture, Part 1

Many of our accent reduction students are interested not only in perfecting their pronunciation but also want to better understand the American psyche.  An introduction to American culture helps them understand us betterThe American English language reveals the American personality. Like Americans themselves, our language is a world where exceptions are the rules, where consistent pronunciation…

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Flash Strategies for Indian-Accented Speakers

People from all over the world have speech challenges. These Flash Strategies for Indian-accented speakers address the pitfalls they face when speaking with Americans. Working with students from every corner of the world, I have come to recognize the various linguistic challenges my students face depending on their language backgrounds. For each accent, there are…

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