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Foreign Accents: To change or not to change…

I love foreign accents.  The lyrical rhythms of different languages are beautiful to hear, but there are times when a heavy accent interferes with people’s ability to comprehend communication, that is when accent reduction/modification is beneficial.  For the professor, who speaks English as a second language, it can be frustrating to have to continually repeat what has […]

Second Language Acquisition: To Learn or Not to Learn

Second language acquisition for students with language-based learning disabilities is sometimes difficult.  Logically it makes sense,  students who have trouble learning their dominant language, it’s assumed, will have trouble learning a second language. However because learning a second language can be difficult does that mean students with language-based learning disabilities should not learn one,  maybe, maybe […]

Is accent reduction enough?

Is accent reduction enough?

“Why don’t people understand me? People are always telling me to repeat myself especially on the phone,” says one client. ”I don’t hear the difference between some sounds, and I have a hard time getting my ideas together when I give presentations at work,” says another. What do these clients have in common? They both […]

Problem “h”

I went to a program given by someone who was a native Chinese speaker. His “h” was heavily accented because he abruptly cut off the flow of air with his tongue. When producing “h” the mouth is open tongue relaxed and air is pushed through the vocal folds without vibration. For him accent modification would […]