Vocal fry refers to what happens when the voice drops back into the throat so it sounds rough and deep. A very common behaviour, it is copied between peers, mostly unconsciously, a bit like using up-talk and fillers, for example, ‘like.’ The problem? It […]
What is the language strategy at your company? Does it even have one? If not, they are missing the boat since it is essential when hiring internationally-trained employees who have the skills you want and just need coaching in the specifics of particular […]
Every industry in Canada has to deal with multiple accents. So we all need to learn how to understand a thick accent and how to clarify when we don’t. And remember, if you are having difficulty understanding someone’s accent, they very likely are having […]
The following article talks about why people take accent training and the benefits they receive from accent modification training.
Accent training: the finishing touch
By Stephanie McFeeters / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Lai Xu had studied English since she was a teenager in China. She had a Ph.D. in […]
People who want to work on their accent sometimes choose to go to a speech language pathologist (speech therapy) who has specialized in accent modification. One reason for this is that some private medical plans cover up to 85% of the costs of working […]