Lindsay Lewis

English/ ESL consultant: Word worker, writer, teacher, mentor and poet. Author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit! on writing clear content.

Accent Reduction: What do you fink? or was it think?

Many of my clients are struggling with their careers because of their accents which interfere with clear pronunciation. Having a strong accent can cause confusion with clients, and lead superiors to believe that the worker is not as competent as she or he actually is. Many non native speakers struggle with the v versus w sound. Does it matter? Oh yes! Don’t say werb when you mean verb,wowel sounds like bowel and not a vowel,  or waycation instead of vacation.  I think you get my drift.

If you speak Spanish as a first language, you may be baffled by the endless variations on vowels. Spanish has a perfect fit, but English has 5 types of e vowel sounds. We have many words with the short and long i sound such as sheet versus….. well, it rhymes with hit and bit. These errors cause embarrassment and you will lose confidence.

Accent reduction is one of my specialties as a linguist. Sloppy speaking is another! If you are wondering why you were overlooked for the promotion, give me a call!