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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Podcast: The Complexity of Having an Accent

“Standard American English” – what is it and what’s the story behind its origins? …and when you don’t speak American English accent well, what are the social and professional consequences? Here is a thought-provoking podcast by the Asian American Journalists Association, where questions about assimilation, discrimination, and stereotyping are sensitively explored. One of the reporters…

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