The way in which we communicate is important in both our personal lives and in our professional lives. In an effort to enhance communication skills, people have made attempts to improve their articulation, the rhythm of their speech, and their ability to stress words to enhance the meaning
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When clients make an appointment for a speech consultation, they have reached a point where they feel that their speech is interfering with their ability to communicate successfully and comfortably. Sometimes, addressing their speech problems is a New Year’s resolution. For others, it is in reaction to negative
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In a recent accent reduction session, my client said, “I’m a little confused when I see an /o/ sound; I’m not sure how to pronounce it. For example, are the /o/’s in the words “hot, love, and home” pronounced the same way?” This was an excellent question but
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It is baseball season and for those die-hard fans of the New York Yankees, it is another opportunity to listen to the melodic and well-articulated speech of their veteran announcer, Paul Olden. Perhaps you are not a Yankee fan, and not even a baseball fan. However, there are
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Any accent reduction program is incomplete if you do not learn how to speak Standard American English with the appropriate stress. The first stage of any good accent reduction program for non-native speakers is to learn the correct pronunciation for the consonants and vowels of English. The second
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Recently, I received a call from a friend who was listening to one of Adele’s CD’s. She was curious as to why Adele’s speech sounded so much less accented while she was singing than it had when she heard her speaking in an interview. This was not the
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I have found that of all the vowels in Standard American English, my non-native speaking clients have the greatest difficulty hearing and correctly producing the long /ee/ sound as in leave and the short /ih/ sound as in live. If you are familiar with phonetics, the sound that
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I am a “texter”. I admit it and in fact, texting is often a very efficient and convenient form of communicating. However, one day, while listening to a radio program about texting and the effects it is having on personal interactions, I began to reflect on how texting
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In the words of Mark Twain, “It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech”. How true! There are very few people who are naturally gifted public speakers. Most people who are successful public speakers realize that they must prepare and practice. For some,
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There has been an increase in the number of foreign physicians who are now practicing medicine in the United States. These physicians come from a variety of countries and they speak many different languages, but what they all have in common, is the need to speak clearly so
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