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Z-sound for Final -S

January 28th, 2019 | American Accent Training
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Ever wonder which words have a z sound, like jeans[z] or bean[z] and which have an s sound like cats or bats? Find out at mylanguagemaster.com. Learn the rules for pronouncing the z sound. 

Uses and Functions of Formulaic Sequences in Second Language Speech: An Exploration of the Foundations of Fluency

April 11th, 2018 | American Accent Training
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Thought Groups & Prominence

March 26th, 2018 | American Accent Training
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A really useful way to help our students with their listening is to help them become aware of ‘thought groups’ – a term from the excellent phonology book for learners ‘Speaking Clearly’ – Rogerson & Gilbert – (CUP). These are sometimes called ‘tone units’ or ‘sense groups’. Rogerson & Gilbert define ‘thought groups’: When we […]

Vowel Sound Variety is a Key Feature of North American Speech

March 19th, 2018 | American Accent Training

Vowel Sounds                           Call 781.385.0231 American English pronunciation relies heavily on vowels and vowel combinations. There are short vowels and long vowels and several varieties of each used in daily speech. Vowels are continuously shortened and lengthened depending on their location within a […]

Linking Leaves Little Doubt What You Are Saying

February 27th, 2018 | American Accent Training

 Learn Linking             Call 781.385.0231  What is Linking in Speech? Linking is saying two words without a pause in between.  The sound of a word pronounced in isolation is different than the sound of a word within a phrase or sentence.

Collocations for Work

February 14th, 2018 | American Accent Training
Collocations for Work

Key features of Collocations                        Call Today 781.385.0231 Collocations are made from a group of simple words that appear together to produce a specific meaning.

Collocations Convey Competency and Fluency in a Language

January 12th, 2018 | American Accent Training
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English language learners are often challenged by collocations and tend to avoid using them. Using collocations is a key indicator of competency and fluency in a language. Speaking without collocations is like talking without idioms or phrasal verbs. The message may be conveyed, but your word choice will sound awkward or unnatural.

How to Use Intonation to Boost Intelligibility

December 28th, 2017 | American Accent Training
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Intonation is the Rise and Fall of Your Voice at the Right Time Intonation is what native listeners need to recognize vocabulary words, grammar, and syntax. If your intonation is off,

Intelligibility and How to Say It Right

December 14th, 2017 | American Accent Training
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Learn English and conduct conversations with confidence. What do you do when others can’t understand what you are saying? 

How to Reduce the Fear of Public Speaking

December 7th, 2017 | American Accent Training
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Learn English and develop the skill of public speaking. Fear of public speaking is not uncommon and can be managed. 

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