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Accent Errors of Speakers from South East Asia

South East Asia covers many cultures and many languages. This includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and others. While each are unique, they also share common threads. Speakers of South East Asian languages often share common pronunciation errors when … Continue reading

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why are some vowels held longer than others?

Voiced and Voiceless Consonant Pairs Many consonants come in pairs of voiced and voiceless pronunciation. Some  examples include  d/t,  v/f,  and b/p. The only difference between the two consonant is that one has a vibration of the vocal chords (voiced) … Continue reading

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pronouncing th and v in technical vocabulary

Technical topics and discussions have a prescribed vocabulary with high frequency of repetition. If you learn to clearly pronounce these key words with correct articulation, you will be much more easily understood.  Learning to correctly pronounce a few consonant and … Continue reading

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Native English speakers/speak in short phrases They. Don’t. Talk. Word. For. Word.

Fluent English speakers/express their ideas/ in phrases and thought groups/and they do it/ without even thinking/. Many non-native speakers/ don’t speak in phrases/ and end up sounding choppy. Do you speak in phrases or word by word? Stress in Phrases … Continue reading

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Start Reducing Your Accent Today

Do people often ask you to repeat yourself? Do you find it difficult to have conversation by phone? Are you nervous that your accent prevents you from getting your message across, or holds you back at work? How soon would … Continue reading

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Pronunciation Errors for Chinese Speakers

When speaking in a second language, people will use the structures and style of their native language.  This is called first language transfer, or L1 transfer.  L1 transfer can affect one’s pronunciation, grammar, spelling, word choice, and communication style. To … Continue reading

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Speak Clearly with Correct Stress

Stress is extremely important in English. Stressing the wrong syllable or pronouncing all syllables with equal stress are a common problem for non-native speakers, and can be very confusing for the listener. A native speaker may not understand a word … Continue reading

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5 problem areas in English pronunciation

Why do I have an accent? Non-native English speakers often use the pronunciation and communication style of their native language when speaking in English, resulting in accented speech.  Below are 5 common problem areas that can interfere with intelligibility when … Continue reading

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