By using three simple rules, you can add emphasis and emotion to your American English! Simply, say the vowel longer, the syllable louder, and make your pitch go up on the word you want to emphasize!
These little words give so many of my clients SO many problems! Why is that? Let’s look at how several languages handle ‘definite and indefinite articles,’ as they are called. Articles are related to gender. Interestingly, in Old English (up to 1150 A.D.) English nouns had gender. They were masculine, feminine, or neuter. Luckily for [...]
Be a ‘Couch Potato’ (Couch Potato n. One who spends an inordinate amount of time on the couch watching television) Does this sound like unusual advice, given America’s obsession with exercise and health? Well, it is good advice for someone wanting to improve his/her American English pronunciation! Watching television is one of the best ways [...]
Although the classic musical, My Fair Lady, is wonderful, the accent coaching methods that Professor Higgins uses in the play are not!
A new year, 2017, has begun, and with it a new president, supposedly the Leader of the Free World has entered as American's president. I feel compelled to write about this election and to voice my disagreements with the content and style of President Trump's first few weeks. I did not vote for him [...]
Another new year is approaching! Wow, how time flies! The year 2016 was a difficult year. We saw horrible conflicts continuing in the world, we saw a very contentious election in the U.S. come to a surprising and scary end, we saw many important musicians and others pass away suddenly. And yet, the sun continues [...]
How we speak is simply a habit. It is an over-learned behavior that is stored as a complete program somewhere in the brain. When you begin to speak, thinking of what you want to say, you do not think about HOW you speak, just WHAT you will say. Why? Because HOW we speak is a [...]
Written by Dr. Ojakangas
MAIN POINT: If you are trying to change your accent (the habit of how you speak), here are some practical ideas from brain research to make it easier!
LISTENERS’ COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE REACTIONS TO ENGLISH SPEAKERS WITH STANDARD AMERICAN ENGLISH AND ASIAN ACCENTS
MAIN POINT: Again, this study gives proof to the unfortunate fact that foreign-born individuals who speak English as a second language and with a heavy accent are not viewed as positively by Americans as those who do not have an accent.