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How the American Accent Can Work for You

Intelligence, personality and ability or just some of the qualities sort after when it comes to hiring new recruits. Just like all the other candidates applying for the post, those of foreign origin share these qualities. The only thing that can possibly hold them back or work against them is their lack of American accent or rather presence of a heavy foreign accent. For some employers, communication is vital and anything considered problematic is likely to be eliminated from the get go. Foreigners are generally discriminated against […]

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The American English Accent – The Voiced and Unvoiced

The voiced and unvoiced consonants In this section we will try to clarify the difference between the voiced consonants and the unvoiced consonants. If you want to master English pronunciation you have to able to distinguish between these two types of consonants. This is necessary for you to learn the proper pronunciation when you learn new vocabulary. And more importantly you need to know the difference between voiced and unvoiced consonants to be able to pronounce the words of English correctly. What makes one consonant be voiced […]

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The American English Accent – The Explosive T and P Sounds

The “explosive consonants” Earlier we said that the vowels are an important factor in hearing a “foreign” accent. But it is not only the vowels. The consonants also must be mastered. When we say that English consonants are “explosives”, we mean that they are pronounced with a sudden release of air. It is this characteristic that marks the accent of an English speaker when they try to speak your language. You should try to speak like an American and you will be reaching for the American English […]

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The American Accent – Pronunciation of the Vowels

The English Vowel SOUNDS Many learners of English have a distinct accent because they pronounce English with the vowels of their language. They commit this error because the English vowels are “something like” the vowel sounds of their native language, but they are not the same! It is not enough to listen to radio and TV. Most people will only hear the sounds of their native language and will not learn how to pronounce the different sounds of a new language such as English. Let’s look at […]

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The Importance of a Proper Accent in English or in Any Language

How to Improve Your Accent Are you tired of people asking you to repeat because they don’t understand you? Your friends say, “Just do this!” and they expect you to make the sound! Would you like to learn once and for all what to do with your lips, tongue and mouth to make the sounds of English? Do you feel that everything sounds the same? You know you are pronouncing the words wrong; you know that you are pausing too much; you know that when you talk, […]

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Why You Should Learn the American Accent

For many foreigners choosing to immigrate to the US it is important for them to improve not only on their knowledge of the English language but also their American accent. Without doubt an authentic sounding American accent can open up many more opportunities, particularly where employment opportunities are concerned. This said, losing your foreign accent is not a requirement but a heavy foreign accent can be seen to hold you back and be a slight disadvantage due to the acceptance and tolerance levels of many Americans. So […]

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Improve Your American Accent

It is usually foreigners who will study the American accent in a bid to improve their chances of obtaining a more top end job. But there are also those from other States and even English speaking countries that choose to develop or improve their American accent. In the majority of cases, the reasons behind improving ones American accent is generally down to a career move. Actors, understudies or those competing for a high paying job will do whatever it takes to improve their chances and good diction […]

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How to Develop An American Accent

Many people who choose to learn English as a foreign language opt for developing an American accent. This may be because they have the intention to either travel to the United States or reside there and speaking English with a native accent can be an advantage to prevent alienation. For anyone learning English there are several ways to tackle the language. Attending classes held in a classroom, private tuition and online courses are just some of the ways you can learn English. But developing a native American […]

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