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 [...]
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.