Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What Kind of American Accent Do You Have?

Many Americans who participate in public speaking events, such as presentations, telephone conference business calls, meeting updates, or teaching often want to change their accent to a more neutral or "standard" American accent because they don't like their regional one.

Well, there is good news and there is bad news! The bad news is that the "standard" American accent doesn't really exist naturally; it is the professional accent that public speakers, such as news anchors learn. The good news is that you can learn this accent!

The American accent that comes closest to the standard American accent is thought to be in the midwest, somewhere around Michigan.

Not sure what kind of accent you have? Click on this link and answer a few questions to find out. It's fun! http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_american_accent_do_you_have

If you're ready, now is a great time to register for accent reduction classes with Speaking Your Best. Just go to www.speakingyourbest.com and sign up for the class that best fits your needs!


Journa Liz S. Ramirez said...

This is interesting, I took the test; and the result was "The Inland North" I have no idea where and what in the world is that. I am a second speaker of the language but I have a degree on Communications and Journalism...anyway I prefer the standard American Accent (this I believe is the formal accent of professionals, just like you said, the accent of news anchors)

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