Accent Reduction


Free Accent Reduction Tools

Greatest Accent Coach in the World 

Pink Panther – ” I Would Like to Buy a Hamburger”

Pronunciation: It’s No Good Unless You’re Understood.

Cold Wind Press. p. 10. ISBN 1-58631-050-X. ) Other activities by specialists to help the student include games, activities, and printable workbooks to help students practice what they learn in English.

 True or False:   The pronunciation of a language varies widely in each separate country or region.

Accent reduction

Accent reduction, also known as elocution or accent modification, is a systematic approach used to learn or adopt a new accent. It is the process of learning the sound system (or phonology) of a language or dialect.

The methodology involves several steps, which include identifying deviations in the person’s current speech from the desired accent (such as pronunciation, speech patterns, and speech habits), changing the way one uses the mouth, teeth, and tongue to form vowel and consonant sounds, modifying one’s intonation and stress patterns, and changing one’s rhythm.

Using this method, individuals such as those mastering a second language may alter their speech to more closely resemble the accent of a certain group of people, and thus enhance the clarity of their communication with those people.  

Accent Reduction: Tip 1 Always Speak Slowly


Types of accent reduction

Two distinct types of accent reduction coaching are available: the type of coaching targeted at telemarketers generally focuses on helping people to say scripted speech with a more “native-like” accent, while the type of coaching typically offered to business people is usually geared towards assisting people to minimize miscommunication in spontaneous, conversational speech. The reason that this distinction is important is that while it is sometimes possible for adults to say limited pre-rehearsed phrases with little or no accent, most experts agree that adults cannot learn to speak with no foreign accent in live, everyday speech.

Therefore, a person who receives coaching targeted at scripted situations will sometimes achieve very good results when reading from a script, but will not usually improve in real, everyday speech. On the other hand, a person who receives training targeted at everyday speaking situations will experience a reduction in miscommunications in live, speaking situations. When choosing an accent coach, it is important to pick a coach who understands the type of coaching needed.  Which type(s) of coaching do you need?  

Alphabet Pronunciation 

True or  False –  When I speak, native speakers can easily understand everything I say.

Accent reduction training

Accent modification is offered by various certified speech-language trainers, pathologists, linguists and specialists in ESL (English as a Second Language). In the United States, they are promoted by various organizations including the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA), Voice & Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and Accent Reduction Training Academy (ARTA).

Accent reduction training is available in a variety of ways: through workshops, seminars, classrooms, software, online software products, over the phone, over webcam, through books and recordings, and on a one-on-one basis. 

American Accent Training – Pronouncing the “TH”  

Real ESL Video Lesson #7 – Pronounce TH 



American Accent Training – The American “R”


True or   False –  In American English – to correctly pronounce the “r” sound, your tongue never touches the roof of your mouth. 

True fact:  The “r” sound should always be pronounced in American English.         (Examples: are, door, north, four, etcetera.,)  

Key focuses for accent improvement teaches students how to pronounce difficult sounds such as /θ/, /ð/, /r/, /l/, and /w/; intonation, stress, and rhythm. Spanish and Portuguese speakers might add an /h/ before the vowel /ɪ/, as in “his” for “is”. Therefore vowel sounds are also covered in accent reduction training. 

“W” and “R” Sound  


Note the difference in the pronunciation of “W” and the pronunciation of “R”.  (“Womb”  –  “Room”)    

Pronouncing “W” and “WH”  



American English Pronunciation: W / R / L


True or   False – When you speak it is always best to use vocabulary that is unusual or too formal. 

Practicing of the vowel /ɪ/ most commonly spelled “i” is done by reciting a few of the following differences: his versus is, hit versus it, hill versus ill. By not letting the back of their tongue touch the palate, native speakers of Asian languages (Chinese, etc.) can avoid adding a /j/ before the /ɪ/ for example in speaking “yin” instead of “in”.  (Hope, Donna (2006).

Although the reduction of a student’s accent can be achieved through training, some linguists are critical that they give students a false hope that they will lose their accents.

According to Dennis Baron, a linguistics professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, eliminating an accent is difficult.  Calming an accent, he said, takes years of interaction with native English speakers. Even so, under U.S. labor law, employers can make job decisions based on accent if it interferes with work.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission does receive a small number of complaints every year from individuals who believe they are victims of accent-related job discrimination.  

See also


Phonetic Sounds of English, Spanish, and German 

Phonetic Sounds of English, Spanish, and German  



Accent Reduction Tip 2: Speak Smoothly Without Filler Words



L and D Pronunciation 



Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation   “ L”  



Accent Reduction Tip 3: Using Voicing Correctly  




English pronunciation – Don’t leave off the final sound!   



True or  False – American English is better understood by native speakers when final sounds are pronounced  such as “s” and “ed”.

True or  False – I always pronounce final sounds such as “s”. 

Dialects and Accents of Modern English by Continent
Czech · Dutch  · Gibraltarian  · Guernsey · Jersey · Maltese · Manx · Swedish
North America
South America

Cursing: Obscenities, Expletives and ‘Forbidden’ Words

Why Study Cursing and Obscenities?

Obscene language is not standard. Some obscenities are similar across different varieties of World English, but they also vary by national or regional usage. What is considered obscene will also vary over time, and within social groups.

The term “obscenities” refers to ‘profane’ or ‘vulgar’ or ‘forbidden’ or ‘naughty’ language, or in general the practice of ‘cursing’ [cussing] or using ‘curse words’ [cusswords]. Related words include blasphemies, taboos, epithets, slurs, and references to excremental and toilet functions, e.g. “shit”. 

The Italian Man Who went to Malta



Ventriloquist Tricks


Pronounce Letters B, F, M, P & V  

True or   False  – People’s brains automatically replace some pronunciation mistakes with the correct words.  

 Ventriloquism Techniques  “V”, “F”, and “W” 




Turn Your Accent Into An Asset – How To Deliver a Dynamic Speech Even if English is Not Your First Language


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