What is Accent Reduction?

Accent reduction or accent modification is a course taught by a professional who helps you change your current accent.

What is an accent? An accent is the unique way you or a group of people pronounce words. For example, someone from the east coast pronounces words much differently, especially regarding the sound /r/, than someone from the midwest.

Is it bad to have an accent?

NO! Everyone speaks with an accent!! Since accents are the way we pronounce words, we can never escape it.

However, some accents are more "popular" than others and some are more easily understood by others, depending upon where you live.  

Why should I change my accent?

You shouldn't....unless it is something you want to do! This is a personal choice. There is NOTHING wrong with speaking with an accent.

However, it can affect quality of life for some. At times, bilingual speakers become frustrated when others cannot understand them. If this is the case, then an accent modification course may be right for you.

I have observed first-hand how exciting and yet challenging it can be moving to a new country especially when there is a language difference. My now husband moved to the United States from Colombia 6 months prior to me meeting him. He was just learning English at that time.

I am thankful for the opportunity of helping him learn English and modify his accent. I have seen his confidence grow!

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What is the difference between accent modification and ESL?

ESL (English as a second language) teaches students English including grammar, vocabulary, etc...

Accent modification courses do not teach English. They teach how to pronounce the words you are already know. Actually, most  courses require you to already know some English.

Top reasons to enroll in an accent modification course

  1. Improve performance at work
  2. Assimilate to new culture
  3. Won't have to repeat yourself 
  4. Easier to talk on the phone and be understood
  5. People take you more seriously
  6. Feel less self-conscious
  7. Improve public speaking abilities
  8. For fun!

Again, these are all personal reasons! There is nothing clinical or wrong when speaking with an accent.

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