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Heteronyms

Have you ever heard of a heteronym? Perhaps not by name, but we use them all of the time. Heteronyms are actually words that are spelled identically but have different meanings when pronounced differently. Sometimes the meanings are completely different, whereas other times they have somewhat related meanings. For example, let’s look at the word “estimate”. Pronounced as EStimit, it …

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How to Pronounce “TH” Sounds

If you speak English as your second language or if you’re just learning English right now, you might find that there are some sounds in the English language that are harder to say than others. One of these is the “Th.” It is spelled with “Th”, but we pronounce it as a voiceless sound–just air coming out–or the same motion …

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How to Pronounce “W” and “V”

The above video is a mini online accent reduction training lesson designed to teach your how to pronounce “W” and “V” sounds. If you’re speaking English as your second language or if you’re just learning to speak English, you might have a little trouble with the sound that a “W” makes and a “V” makes. Sometimes people will reverse them. How …

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How to Pronounce “Sh” and “Ch” Sounds

The above video is a mini accent reduction class designed to teach your how to pronounce “Sh” and “Ch” sounds. If you speak English as your second language or you’re just learning to speak English, some sounds are a little difficult to pronounce and sometimes they get mixed up and confused. This happens to be the case with the “Sh” and …

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Professionals With Accented Speech

Strong, clear communication is extremely important in many professional fields, such as medicine, business, education, and law. When an individual who speaks English as a second language is not clearly understood due to a moderate to severe accent, many communication problems may arise. For instance, the listeners may become impatient and not be willing to take the extra time necessary …

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Common Pronunciation Traits in Accent Reduction for Individuals from India Who Speak with an Accent

Many individuals from India have moved to the United States and are currently employed in various professions. Although a large majority of Indians have been taught to speak English in school from an early age, their speech contains a distinct accent, varying in degree of severity. Having an accent may be a hindrance to being completely understood in one’s professional …

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Common Pronunciation Traits in Accent Reduction for Individuals Who Speak Korean as Their First Language

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There are many Korean individuals who have immigrated to America. Although many of them speak English fluently, it is common for a native Korean speaker to have an accent when speaking English. Although the degree or severity of accent varies from person to person, focusing on specific sound differences with the help of a licensed speech therapist may help Korean …

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Common Pronunciation Traits in Accent Reduction for Individuals Who Speak Spanish as Their First Language

Spanish is a language spoken by millions of people from many countries all over the world. It is common for a native Spanish speaker to have an accent when speaking English. Although the degree or severity of accent varies from person to person, focusing on specific sound differences with the help of a professional speech therapist may help Spanish speakers …

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Common Pronunciation Traits in Accent Reduction for Individuals from China

Over the many years that I have been providing accent reduction to individuals who speak English as their second language, I have had the pleasure of working with many people from China. I have worked with both Mandarin and Cantonese language speakers, within various fields of professions, such as medicine, law, accounting, teaching, and acting. Similarities Between Mandarin and Cantonese …

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How to Choose an Accent Reduction Specialist

If your accent reduction specialist is anything like this one, you’re not getting what you deserve: Here are some things to consider when choosing an accent reduction trainer: Trust Ask yourself if you feel a high level of trust with the person you choose, based on their credentials and competence, for example, whether they are a licensed, certified speech and …

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