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How to Pronounce Numbers

Sep 19, 2019

Does this question sound familiar? Do your students have trouble being easily understood when pronouncing numbers?

I have an easy-to-remember rule that will fix this...

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How Did You Become An Accent Specialist? My Story

Sep 12, 2019

One of the questions that I am asked most often is:

How did you become an Accent Specialist?

Short Answer: I got lucky enough to find real students who let me work with...

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Who Should I Listen To If I Want An American Accent?

Aug 28, 2019

When teaching the American accent, I always have my students choose a speech model at some point during our first session. 

Why?

It gives us a clear goal to refer to...

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Still Kicking /AE/

Aug 21, 2019

I’ll never forget the day that I really understood the power of the vowel /AE/ when learning or teaching the different accents and dialects of English.

Just to be...

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Standard American Accent: Always Changing

Aug 14, 2019

A few weeks ago, I posted a lesson about the Standard American Accent.  This accent is also called the General American Accent.

You can learn more about this accent...

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Accent Reduction Technique: Use Muscle Memory

Aug 07, 2019

If you have ever worked with me or watched any of my lessons, you will often hear me preach that frequent repetition practice is the ONLY way to truly master a new accent....

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How Many Vowels In English?

Jul 31, 2019

There are 5 vowels in American English, right?

Not exactly.

Most people think there are 5 vowel sounds in American English because there are 5 vowel letters. But actually,...

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Accent vs. Dialect: What is the Difference?

Jul 26, 2019

An accent refers to the distinctive pronunciation patterns and rhythms of a particular group of people, especially of the natives or residents of a region. A dialect...

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The Best Accent In America

Jul 02, 2019

The Standard American Accent is the non-regional, neutral American Accent. It is an accent, but it is not associated with any part of the United States. Most people who...

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Staying Motivated When Learning the American Accent

Jun 25, 2019

Sometimes it is difficult for your students to find the motivation to improve their speech. 

Everyone starts off strong, but after a few weeks, the...

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