We all speak with an accent. Accents are a natural part of spoken languages. They are part of our identity, heritage and culture. There is no one accent that is better than another. However, sometimes accents make speech difficult to understand, and interfere with communication.

Foreign Accent
is a result of your native language influencing the production of new vocabulary and grammar as you learn English. The result is your accented English. Your production of the English word is influenced by the sound rhythm and intonation patterns of your native language.

Regional Dialect
is the distinct form of a language spoken in a certain geographical area
 (i.e.; New York, Chicago, Boston, the South). Regional dialect influences not only sound production, but grammar and vocabulary as well.If the influence of your native language or regional dialect is so strong that it interferes with the clarity of your English and makes it difficult for others to understand or focus on what you are saying, then you may benefit from accent modification / reduction.

Are you frustrated from having to repeat words and phrases?

Do others focus on your accent more than the content of the communication?

Do you feel you are not taken seriously when you speak?

Do you avoid social situations due to lack of conversational clarity?

Accent Modification or Reduction is a method designed to help speakers improve the clarity and accuracy of their spoken American English. Speakers learn to improve their diction, through sound pronunciation changes.

 

Accent Modification / Reduction

will instruct you to:

  • Modify sound pronunciation, to reflect standard American English.
  • Focus on the sounds, which make the most difference to the listener’s ability to understand your speech.
  • Develop the skills necessary to replace existing speech habits with new habits.
  • Recognize sound differences, and improve listening skills.
  • Produce American English sounds in words, sentences, and conversational speech.
  • Use appropriate rhythm and intonation patterns.
  • Transfer skills to actual work and social situations, incorporating vocabulary specific to your profession.
  • Improve vocal quality and projection.
  • Improve grammar and presentation skills.
  • Speak with clear articulation and pronunciation.

Let your message to be understood the first time you say it.

Have your listener to focus on the content of the information you are presenting.

Speak, so the quality and clarity of your speech will stand out in a positive way.

Improve your confidence and self-esteem.

Develop more positive interactions with your co-workers and peers.

Develop clear, effective communication!