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Will using idioms make my speech sound more American?

A question that my accent reduction coaching clients ask is~ Will using idioms make my speech sound more American? And my answer is YES, if you say them correctly. Note that I said CORRECTLY. That’s because using idioms incorrectly, by using the wrong word stress or using the wrong prepositions, will make your speech sound

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For a smooth American accent, use contractions

Many of my accent reduction coaching clients resist using contractions when they speak. ☆ You should DEFINITELY speak using contractions! ☆ …..especially when you’re speaking in informal or casual situations. When you use contractions your speech sounds less formal…more natural and more friendly. Here’s a pronunciation tip for saying contractions in a smooth way~ When

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Accents and Likability During Video Conferences

It’s widely recognized that likability is key to success in the American workplace. According to research cited in today’s Wall Street Journal, people who are deemed likable are more apt to get hired, get help from others and be forgiven for mistakes. And….as more and more workplace communication takes place via video conferencing, a trend

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Can I Improve My Indian Accent?

In my accent reduction coaching program I work with Telegu speakers, Hindi speakers, Gujarati speakers, Bengali speakers and Tamil speakers. While each of these languages are different (often very different), those of you who speak these languages as your native tongue tend to make some common errors when it comes to speaking American English clearly

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Do you understand your American colleagues?

In my accent reduction coaching program, I work with international professionals living in places including the US, Canada, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, China, Singapore and the UAE. Sometimes my clients who live outside of the US and Canada have difficultly understanding the speech of their American and Canadian colleagues. When that happens, we spend some

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Americans LIKE accents….if….

Sometimes my accent reduction coaching clients ask me this question~ ✰ What do Americans THINK about foreign accents? ✰ My answer is this. Many Americans LIKE accents. Lots of us think that accents are are really cool. Speaking with an accent makes you sound unique. BUT…and this is a big BUT….if your accent is so

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Four steps to accent reduction

Learning to speak with a new accent is not something that happens overnight. Your accent won’t “disappear” after a couple of lessons. That said….you can make very noticeable changes to the way you speak. The people I work with in my accent reduction coaching program make positive changes every week. However….permanent changes will only occur

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Do you ask questions with the correct intonation?

Do you sometimes find that your American colleagues don’t always respond right away when you ask questions? Many of my accent reduction clients have told me that this is a problem for them. If people don’t understand you when you ask questions, it could be because you’ve  never learned the correct intonation patterns for asking questions in

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Is English threatening other languages?

Are English words becoming too common other languages? Some people feel that English words are becoming too common in other languages. Of course, languages have always borrowed words from one another. English is a great example of that! We’ve happily adopted these words from Spanish~ chocolate Colorado Las Vegas We’ve eagerly adopted these words from

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Is it Better to Speak with a High Pitch or a Low Pitch?

My accent reduction coaching clients often ask me if it’s better to speak with a high pitch or a low pitch.♬ My answer is this~ ☆ To be a clear, effective and engaging speaker of American English, you need to vary your pitch.☆ You can’t speak using the same pitch all the time.☝ Important words

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