I’m not saying to get rid of your accent. An accent is not a disorder; it is a normal speech pattern. The muscular pattern that was established with the first language influences other acquired languages. A speech pattern is a muscular pattern like walking; we all have a set way that we form our sounds that is unique. Instead of getting rid of the accent, the goal is to know how to “code switch.” We code switch all the time. No one speaks to their mother the same way they speak to their boss. We use different language and speech depending on whom we are speaking. The goal when reducing an accent is to be able to choose to make your speech more intelligible when it is important.
Why do I need this anyway?Seeking language academic support for teensJanuary 7, 2019
Language academic support for teens improves their ability to express their ideas “Why do I need help with language?” your teen may ask. Most teens with mild-to-moderate language challenges will say when a parent or teacher mentions seeking language academic support for teens that they do not need help. Many will state that everyone understands […]
Supported Breathing for Speech: It’s CriticalDecember 11, 2018
Supported breathing for speech is not just important for communication, but for life. Yup, try living and not breathing, just not happening. We call that state, being dead! So, yes we all know breathing is vital, but did you know that breathing affects your speech? Problems such as poor vocal quality, reduced volume, strong accents, or […]
Foreign Accents: To change or not to change…October 10, 2018
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 […]