How easy is it to reduce a native accent?

Ok, let’s be honest - a lot of people would be offended by the title of this blog post. Why would anyone want to reduce their native accent? After all, our accents are part of our identity, our own...

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Why you shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to reduce your native accent.

Should non-native English speakers drop, change or soften their accents? Your first instinct may be an indignant “of course not!” And in a way, we agree. But as with many things in life that seem...

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Accents and Accent softening - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62765873 Do you sound different to the people around you? Do you feel like you don’t fit in? Or do you relish the fact that you’re just that little...

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Finding Your Voice, Finding Your Tribe

The BBC has just released their findings from the world's largest loneliness study. 55,000 people took part in the BBC's Loneliness Experiment in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection. The...

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“Oar vs Or!” 5 tips to deal with crazy English spelling

The English language is a peculiar beast. In what other language would you pronounce 'law', 'caught', 'sure', and 'poor' with the same vowel sound? Or pronounce all these words with different...

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How to soften an accent (without losing it altogether)

Accents are important. They are an intrinsic part of who we are. They are part of our heritage. They tell the story of our background and our culture. So, why would we want to get rid of them? Well,...

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5 Tips to a better English accent - WITHOUT an accent coach

Your English is Already Great Before we begin, it’s important to establish something really important: your English is great. I mean it. You are speaking a language that is not your mother tongue,...

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Introducing our latest eBook - '5 Tools to Stop Your Accent from Getting in the Way'

We are delighted to be kicking off the new year with the release of a new eBook, in which our founder Emma Serlin shares her top 5 tools for making sure your accent doesn’t get in the way of your...

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What Is Good Elocution?

Elocution is an antiquated term, usually associated with clichéd phrases such as ‘how now brown cow’, or Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. We think it is a path to speaking properly, and it...

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Accent softening: let's talk about vowels

Vowels have a greater impact on accents than we think. When looking into accent softening, it is at first important to understand that it'sno mean feat!

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